Next Dodge Challenger will be electrified
Not a pure-electric car, though
There’s no secret that the Dodge Challengers sits on a platform that amassed 13 years of existence under its belt. But according to new Fiat Chrysler head honcho, this must change.
Speaking to The Detroit News, Mike Manley, newly-appointed Fiat Chrysler CEO believes the current architecture “does need to move on” and “can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s.”
Moreover, he added that “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.”
When asked about the American muscle car of the future, the Fiat Chrysler CEO replied that it will certainly not imply a supercharged V8 pushing 700 hp, but at the same time, the official reckons electrification “can’t be the dominant part.” Will they go hybrid, then? Could very well be the case.
Dodge’s inclination towards electrified vehicles isn’t a first in the American automotive landscape, as Ford is rumoured to be brewing an all-electric Mustang.
In addition, the company has made a clear statement in saying that the F-Series will get both battery electric and hybrid models.