The next-generation Dodge Challenger, due in time for the 2019 model year, will be joined by a smaller convertible-only model called the Dodge Barracuda, according to Automobile Magazine.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of such a car. Last August, attendees at Fiat Chrysler’s annual dealer meeting said they were shown pre-production images of a Dodge Barracuda convertible in a presentation. A month earlier in July 2015, FCA was caught filing a trademark application for the long-defunct ‘Barracuda’ name.
The Barracuda will reportedly ride on a version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia. A longer, wider version of the rear-wheel drive architecture will also serve in the next Challenger.
Further differentiating the Barracuda from the Challenger will be completely different sheetmetal and styling. Automobile claims the two may share V6 and V8 powertrains, but from the sound of things, forced-induction four-cylinder and V6 engine options seem the most likely candidates.
More information on the Dodge Barracuda convertible should become available closer to its debut date in late 2018 or early 2019.