Next Dodge Challenger To Feature Electrification, Says FCA Boss

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Mike Manley says that the next-generation Challenger will use some form of electrification to reach performance and efficiency goals.

During an interview with The Detroit News at the Detroit Auto Show, the new FCA boss said that large supercharged V8 powertrains can’t continue to exist into the mid-2020s.

“I think that electrification will certainly be part of the formula that says what is American muscle in the future. What it isn’t going to be is a V-8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.

“The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s,” Manley said.

“New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”

The muscle car is changing…

It remains to be seen what exact form FCA’s future muscle car engines will take in the future but a forced induction V8 paired to a small electric motor is certainly a possibility. Ward’s Auto says there’s a good chance Fiat Chrysler will build a twin-turbo V6 to replace the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and that this new six-cylinder could find its way into range-topping muscle cars with an electric motor.

Towards the more affordable end of the Challenger range, it’s possible that variants could use a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 48-volt mild-hybrid assist.

While Manley evaded saying when the Challenger will be replaced, it’s unlikely that the car manufacturer is in any rush to replace the vehicle thanks to its strong sales. In 2018, the Dodge Challenger enjoyed its best year of sales since being re-introduced in 2008, shifting a total of 66,716 units, easily beating out the Chevrolet Camaro to be the second-best selling muscle car in the U.S. after the Ford Mustang.

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  • LJ

    Imagine the instant launch times of a Tesla coupled with the pulling power of the Demon’s V8.

    Goodbye face.


    Seems it features 1 star safety ratings

  • nastinupe

    That’s exactly what Challenger people want, electrification. Because they hate loud engines and American V8’s and the smell of oil and gas and leather…. oh yeah, replace the leather and suede with organic non animal products too and advertise it with men from San Francisco that have manscaped beards and cuffed jeans drinking lattes. And that dude with the soft voice in the Honda commercials should advertise it. Either him, or the guy who says, “Love, it’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru”

    • DMax

      Yeah nobody wants P1 or 918 technology in muscle cars! /s
      The loss of V8 will be mourned though. I hope they’re not dumb enough to drop it, that’s the appeal of muscle in the first place. With hybrid tech it’s going to be something mega, but without V8s it’s just not the same.

    • Galaxium

      If electrification makes the Challenger even more of a performance vehicle, then I’m all for it.

      Aren’t there rumors that it’ll be dubbed the Challenger Angel?

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  • MarkoS

    Just keep it as is and sell the current one as a heritage car. I would love to see a T-Top though.

  • kachuks

    I’m just glad they’re not killing it off. Now replace the 300 as well.

  • Hot Twink

    Dodge won’t “make” a turbo V-6 to replace the HEMI V-8. Fiat already has a turbo V-6 for Alfa Romeo. Designed, developed, and patented by Alfa. They’ll just use that one to replace the HEMI.

    The next Charger and Challenger will have a whole lot of Italian DNA in them. So much for “American” muscle.

    • Chris Fame

      Last time i checked they were not moving onto the Giulia platform but re-engineering the current until it’s “unrecognizable”.

      • Hot Twink

        That was stated a while back by Sergio, who has since passed away. Mike is now running the show, and talks of using Giorgio (which underpins the Giulia and Stelvio use) could be back on the table. It seems they are unsure of what to do with the Charger and Challenger.

        The next Grand Cherokee will be moving to Giorgio.

        • Chris Fame

          While Sergio was alive , he did said they were working on the next gen, they didn’t go into details so they could have started the re-engineering of the current or transforming the guila platform for the next gen challengers and chargers. But next question is what about the durango ? is that going on it as well ?

          • Hot Twink

            At this point the Durango’s future looks grim.

            The Giorgio-based Jeep Grand Cherokee will get a two and three-row version. The three-row version will fill the current Durango’s place. The Grand Cherokee is expected to drop its V-8 engine options.

          • Chris Fame

            wow , what do you think they should do with the durango and should bring back any cars they axed for Dodge ?

          • Hot Twink

            If they keep the Durango it will either move to the Giorgio platform (Stelvio and Giulia) along with the Grand Cherokee or move to the DT platform (RAM 1500 pickup). The later is unlikely, but still possible.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Alfa’s V6 is everything but a bad engine

    • FactChecker90803

      1st off the Alfa Romeo F154 90°V6 TT 2.9L V6 is based on the Ferrari F154 BD V8, and its a hand build engine, hardly conductive to mass production. The F160 is a 60° V6 gasoline engine that displaces 2,979 cc (181.8 cu in). It utilizes a turbocharger for each cylinder bank, twin intercoolers and direct injection. The engine is designed by Maserati[1] (loosely based on Pentastar engine block[2]) and assembled by Ferrari; specifically, the engine blocks are cast and machined to Ferrari’s approved specifications respectively in Chrysler’s Kokomo, Indiana

      • Hot Twink

        Use Wiki much?

        • FactChecker90803

          I am Mr.choppers and I edited the Pentastar entry in Wiki, so Yes I Do..

    • Cobrajet

      They will just keep the V8 exclusive for Ferrari, the bastards.

  • Jason Miller

    “The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to
    move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s,”

    Umm, why not? Seems to be working just fine right now. It’s what is driving sales on an ancient car.

  • Chris Fame

    This is ok news. At least we got some type of news on the next gen dodge products. Honestly we need a higher performance version for the charger to even boost its sales like a demon or something similar. But what about the durango ? or any other new vehicles ? That’s what i’m still waiting on.


    Well, it’ll still be a Garbage even if it’s new.

  • Ben

    In terms of proportions, motor sport focus and aura, I’d say the Challenger is the last modern muscle car. People who complain about it being fat truly don’t understand the muscle car heritage. Not everything has to compete with an M4 on the Nurburgring or needs skeletonized magnesium paddle shifters.

    Plenty of us want a large coupe that has ridiculous HP, but makes a wonderful cruiser for road trips. Muscle cars turned European racers are adding wings, canards and carbon ceramic brakes. I say leave that for cars like the ATS-V, Corvette and Viper. Keep American heritage alive.

  • Myron Valenta

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!! dont waist time with hybirds. They are a joke. I love my 392 but i want a tesla because it has power and its simple. I would buy a Challanger ALL electric AWD in a heartbeat and skip the Tesla. But No way would a buy a hybird. The technology exists today to make a powerfull long range challenger. There is no reason to make a complicated hybrid. Go strait to all electric or dont bother. Hybirds are a joke.

  • Cobrajet

    Turbo and hybrids are not substitutes for cylinders. I am fine with having them, but soon every car will and a V6 will just be nothing special.

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