Dodge has always maintained a niche of its own in the car’s market of United States, nobody in today’s American auto sales market has maintained the tradition of American Muscle Cars longer than this company. While others like Mustang and Camaro have gone to become more of sports supercars, Dodge with its Challenger and Charger series have maintained their high-horsepower mammoths far from the competition. This could change soon as it has come to our understanding that Dodge plans to produce Electric Vehicles for its next generation of iconic Challenger series of classic cars.
For those who think that Muscle Cars are a thing of a past and the US Automotive industry has moved forward from the ancient technology still in use at Dodge, should see the last sales facts for Dodge. The sales of Dodge clearly shows that people are still digging the old-school cool cars as the auto sales of Dodge actually went up while for its closest rivals Camaro and Mustang, they were considerably down.
According to the known media news provider Detroit News, The new FCA Boss Mike Manley hinted that the things will be changing in the near future. According to him “The things will be changing in an Electric Way.” He also said that “The Reality of those platforms we are still using is that they need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s. 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.” He clearly signals towards a radical change when he says that “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 V8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.”
Looking at other automakers in the same sector, this only becomes only evident with Ford said to have plans to roll out Mustang Hybrid version in 2020 and AI Oppenheiser the former Chief Engineer of Camaro moving to the Electric Division of the company indicating a radical change overall. Although it is quite difficult to digest and even heartbreaking for some of us Muscle Car lovers, this seems to be the newest trend in the industry.
It is no secret that no matter how silly it seems, we all love the Hellcat with its super powerful 707 horsepower engine and it is clearly not some but many because Dodge keeps on coming with newer, more powerful versions of the car and they keep emptying the car lots of the Dealerships year after year. Although the Redeye and the Demon might not be as cool cars as other super sports cars, they still are much more powerful, raw and clearly represent the iconic American spirit when it comes to cars.
As for the extent of electrification the new challenger is deemed to go is still unclear and Mike Manley is surely not giving the details any soon, though the main man does say one thing about the whole electrification thing that some Dodge fans are relieved about and that is him saying “Electrification clearly can’t be the dominant part in the car.” While this should provide the much-needed solace to those fearing for the disappearance of Gasoline Engines from this much loved iconic car range completely, we are still more interested in how that might work.
Though it is really crystal clear that Dodge is reluctant to stray from its original intent of muscle, and it wouldn’t even surprise us if Dodge is the last company to switch to 100% electric ways and we can’t see that happening anytime soon. All we can say for now is that the most probable outcome of all this electrical hype will end in Gas Engines being supplemented by 48-volt or plug-in hybrids will be the most probable first electrical transformation of the Dodge Challenger.
Apart from all the ruckus about Electrification what more will happen is that with electrification Dodge will finally be able to move past their ancient technology which is being used since the 2000s and has been derived from the Mercedes W210 as part of the platform that was developed way back in 1990s. Although considerable upgradations and updates have been made to the system since that time, it still remains as one of the oldest underpinnings sold in the US in the present day.
We’ll certainly be hearing more about the same in the coming year, but now the fact remains that the old 2019 Dodge Challenger is still on the market with its huge 700 Horsepower engine fuming power in every way possible. So let’s enjoy the power of iconic American Muscle cars while we still can and enjoy riding those Dodge cars until they are still the best Muscle Cars on the planet.
In the coming days there will be more and more speculations about 2020 and most probably the sales of the latest 2019 model will be propped up because if we believe Mr. Mike Manley’s words then this will be the last authentic American Muscle Car and people surely would like to have one of those before they are retired and said goodbye once and for all.
Though it is not happening anytime soon as the car is expected to be rolled out in mid-2020 and its still 2019, it’ll still be heartbreak for all the power folks who love the raw power of the muscle cars no matter when it is going to happen.