FCA Pushes Redesign Of Charger And Challenger At Least Until 2020
For now, the two performance models will only receive "updates"by Kirby Garlitos, on
For those who are pining to see redesigned versions of the existing Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, you might have to exercise a bit more patience because Fiat Chrysler is reportedly icing the redesigned versions for both performance cars for at least three more years.
According to Automotive News, FCA is expected to take the more conservative approach on the Challenger, Charger, and the Chrysler 300 but simply giving each model updates until at least 2020. No reason was given on why FCA appears to be leading towards this decision, but it seems to be tied into the long-term plans the automaker has for its new Giorgio platform, which underpins the soon-to-be-launched Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Apparently, FCA has high hopes for this platform with no less than FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne saying that he was “encouraged by the versatility of the architecture” during the company’s third-quarter conference call with analysts late last month. Even though the Giorgio platform will likely have to be stretched and widened to accommodate the dimensions of the next-generation models of the Charger and Challenger, the platform’s reported flexibility and overall rigidity would be able to accommodate both models, and quite possibly, a convertible model.
That said, FCA is not looking to rush into the development of the two performance cars, presumably to give the Alfa Romeo Giulia enough time to shine on its own as it prepares to enter the U.S. market later this year. In any event, start getting used to seeing the current-generation Challenger and Charger models for the time being. They’ll be getting updates, but nothing more than that until 2020.
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We just have to wait for them
There are times when no matter how much people want to see something happen, the only recourse is to wait. This is one of those times.
Granted, it’s not like both Challenger and Charger models are selling out as we speak, so I’m sure that this delay, if you can even call it that, won’t be too much of a burden for a lot of people. The only exception, of course, are the hardcore Challenger and Charger fans out there. They’re probably frustrated now and I can’t blame them.
But I also can’t blame FCA for being patient with this approach, particularly because the platform that both models will likely use, has yet to actually hit the market. I think FCA just wants to give the Giorgio platform more time in the sun before it starts using it for these two cars. Remember, the platform will have to be physically altered to accommodate both the Challenger and Charger and the physical and technical dynamics of doing that will have to be studied too. It’s not like FCA can just stretch the platform out, slap the Challenger and Charger components, and then call it a day.
That takes time and not just that, it also takes a lot of research and development to get the exact dynamics right. If getting those things right are the causes of delaying the next-gen Challenger and Charger models, then I’m all for it. That’s in the best interest of FCA too so it’s hard to fault the company for making this move, if it does make it in the end.
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Source: Automotive News