Time appears to operate differently when you’re a four-door sports car.
The current Dodge Charger has been around since 2006. (The 2016 model is pictured above.) Since then it has received style upgrades, but no real overhaul. But Dodge appears to be getting ready to finally change that, though we’ll still be waiting around a few more years.
Dodge reportedly plans to roll out a lighter next-generation Charger before the end of the decade. It’ll shed 500 pounds thanks to sharing a new platform with the 2017 Alfa Romeo Guilia, according to Automotive News. With that much weight dropping off it will get a new curb weight around 3,500 lbs. The new Giorgio platform underpinning the Guilia will be extended to keep the Chargers 198-inch length.
Of course as a muscle car it also has to get more powerful. It’s speculated Dodge will add power with a new twin-turbo inline-four engine made for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. With this engine it should get around 300-horsepower. That’s about the same as the current base 3.6-liter V6 engine.
The next-gen model could bring back the look of the 1999 model (shown above.) Fiat Chrysler hosted a private showing for dealers last summer that pegged the new model as getting its style cues from this model designed by Chrysler’s former styling chief Tom Gale.
If you’re like us, though, you want to know what will happen to the Hellcat, Scat Pack, and other V8 options. Well, we’re going to have be patient for those answers. On the plus side, if the base model becomes more powerful it can only mean even more power to these superstars. Also, considering how popular the V-8s have been it seems highly unlikely that Dodge will give the engine the boot with the next-generation model.
Dodge will likely put it through one more upgrade in 2016 before switching over to the completely new model around 2019.
Despite how old the current model’s design is, it continues to do well with sales rising 1.9 percent through April. Check out the Car Pro 2015 Charger R/T Scat Pack Review below.