Despite speculation circulated by a few prominent news sites recently about the possible discontinuation of Dodge’s adored muscle cars in 2021, there is no real data that points to that conclusion. These sites also state that the cars will receive a refresh in 2019 ahead of their discontinuation two years later.
Instead of a real refresh, expect the Charger and Challenger to have even more performance options than ever around this time next year when the 2020 models begin hitting dealerships. Next year is finally slated to be the year that the Charger receives some high-performance love from Dodge, as a range-topping widebody Charger is rumored to arrive.
A naturally-aspirated 426 cubic-inch engine is also set to arrive with the next generation cars, with a displacement of 7.0-liters and output 520+ horsepower. Both next generation Charger and Challenger are said to be getting a new inline-six turbocharged powerplant as well.
Because both the Charger and Challenger have so many different variants, from V6 to V8 power, rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and mainstream to performance based models, the cars have continued to outsell the standards of the segments they are in.
If you are curious to know more about what is coming in the next generation Dodge Charger, you can read our past article about it. To make things short and sweet, FCA would not be pouring the money into the development of all these additional models like the new R/T Scat Pack Widebody, R/T Scat Pack 1320 and the SRT HELLCAT Redeye for a dying car. The future of Dodge will still be performance based, but we will see some new technology added into the future lineup.
Muscle cars are here to stay, especially at Dodge.