According to a new report from Automotive News, the next-generation Dodge Charger will ride on a lengthened version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform and will feature a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The new rear-wheel drive platform will be a lengthened version of Giorgio that will reportedly help FCA cut over 400 lbs of weight from the full-size sedan. The platform will have to grow significantly to serve in the Charger, as the full-size sedan measures in at 198 inches compared to the Giulia at 182.6 inches.
The twin-turbocharged four-cylinder, meanwhile, is expected to be the same near-300 horsepower unit that will appear in the next-generation Jeep Wrangler. We first heard of the powerplant following an FCA dealer meeting last summer – where FCA also said its current line of HEMI V8s would die off by 2018.
The next-generation Charger won’t arrive until early into the next decade, however. FCA will refresh the current LX-based Charger one more time to help extend its already lengthy lifespan – likely for the 2019 model year. It’s not clear if the Chrysler 300, which also rides on the aging LX platform, will receive a refresh at that time as well.
Stay tuned to FC Authority for more info on the next-gen Dodge Charger as it becomes available.