Dodge Charger Won't Get Replacement Before 2020, Report Says

Dodge introduced the seventh generation of the Charger in 2011, and the model came to market with Fiat Chrysler’s LX platform.
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According to a recent report, the platform mentioned above will be kept in production up until 2020. The life extension for the rear-wheel-drive platform of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group is slightly unexpected, as it was believed that the LX will be replaced by late 2018.

However, the report from the Truth About Cars quotes sources close to FCA that have a different story. The LX platform was initially supposed to be replaced by the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s rear-wheel drive “Giorgio” platform.

Along with the platform, the Charger and Challenger replacements would receive their first inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine. The power plant would have also been borrowed from the Alfa Romeo range, and insiders dubbed it “Hurricane.”

The same report placed the mill at 300 HP, and announced it will have a twin-turbo configuration. As always with insider reports, the information mentioned above has yet to be confirmed by officials of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Usually, this kind of rumor is rarely discussed by brand representatives, as they prefer to focus on selling ongoing models instead of divulging plans for years to come.

The current versions of the Charger and Challenger received a refresh in 2014. The insider quoted in the initial report claims that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans several updates for the pair of models to keep them interesting until they have a set of replacements ready for market launch.

The decision to delay the replacement of the Charger and Challenger for 2020 might be related to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ recent financial hurdles, as the corporation is struggling to relaunch the Alfa Romeo brand.

In spite of the fact that FCA has not confirmed the delay of the Charger and Challenger’s replacements, the automaker has decided to postpone other models last year. Therefore, keeping an aging platform in production, especially one that belongs to a model with limited sales volumes.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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