Talking to Detroit News, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley suggested that the next Dodge Challenger is going to be a very different beast to the car that is on sale today.
Mike Manley who took over as the CEO of FCA last July following the demise of his predecessor Sergio Marchionne was quoted saying “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,” he added.
Mike Manley stated that the Challenger’s current platform will no longer be viable in the coming 10 years due to emissions regulations.
While the current Challenger has been on sale since 2008, FCA has recorded steady increase in sales as it continues to improve the breed and add excitement with its Hellcat 6.2-litre supercharged V8, which offered as much as 840hp on the Challenger SRT Demon.
Over the past 12 months, sales of the Challenger rose three per cent with a total of 66,716 units sold. This surpassed the sales figures of Chevrolet Camaro of which 50,963 units were sold over the same period.
Manley added that the Challenger’s current platform will no longer be viable in the coming 10 years, due to emissions regulations, so a change is required. On the brighter side, no performance will be lost. “New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way,” Manley told The Detroit News. “And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”
We assume that Manley’s comments hinted at a new lighter platform that will underpin the next Challenger and possibly the Charger if the company plans to revamp the sedan too.
We assume that Manley’s comments hinted at a new lighter platform that will underpin the next Challenger and possibly the Charger if the company plans to revamp the sedan too. The likely candidate for the job would be Alfa Romeo’s rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia.
Talking about how the future powertrains will be, we expect electrification to be reserved for range-topping models, such as the current Hellcat engine. This could mean that the supercharged V8 could be ditched for a twin-turbocharged V6 combined with an electric motor. Alfa Romeo is working on just such a powertrain for its planned Giulia-based GTV coupe, with output said to be in excess of 600 hp.