FCA to keep current Dodge Challenger in production until 2023?
With continued strong sales, the company may be hesitant to replace the aging platform.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may be planning to keep the current Dodge Challenger platform alive even longer than expected.
Company sources have told Mopar Insiders a redesigned Challenger will not enter production until late 2022 and the current model may continue to be built alongside the new coupe through the 2023 model year, following the same strategy employed for the JK/JL-generation Jeep Wrangler and other models.
FCA chief Mike Manley has indicated that the next-generation Charger and Challenger may not carry forward the iconic Hellcat supercharged V8 that has helped increase sales of both nameplates late in their respective life cycles. Offering downsized engines has not appeared to bolster sales of the much newer Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, suggesting FCA may be cautious in choosing how to move forward with the Challenger in a post-Hellcat world.
In any case, FCA seems to be having no problem selling the aging Challenger in its current form and may be in no rush to bring a replacement to market. Separate rumors suggest the company is working on a track-focused ACR variant that may be added to the lineup before the end of the year.