Following news that Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is not planning a Chrysler 300 Hellcat, we have some more potentially bad news. A new report from Automotive News claims the next-generation Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger won’t surface until 2021 and they won’t be riding on Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform, either.
Instead, both muscle cars are now poised to adopt a Maserati platform, specifically, the M157 platform. It’s the shortened architecture that underpins the Maserati Ghibli, which is a derivative of the current Maserati Quattroporte’s M156 platform. Along with the platform shuffling, the report indicates the new Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger won’t arrive until 2021.
Previously, sources have indicated a 2020 introduction date for Dodge’s next generation muscle cars, but FCA itself originally penned a 2018 introduction date in its five-year strategy announcement published in 2014.
It’s also the first time we’ve heard the Dodge duo will not ride on the Giorgio platform, which is currently used to underpin the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. We’ve also heard the next Dodge Charger and Challenger will be offered in right-hand drive, and the Giorgio platform offered an inexpensive package to accomplish such a goal.
If you’re upset now, stop reading. The report goes on to say the future of a Challenger convertible, rumored to use the Barracuda or ‘Cuda name, is shaky at best. It’s unknown if the Maserati platform will support an open-top design. We warned you to stop reading.
We’ll simply have to wait and see if FCA makes any official comments next year on the Dodge Charger and Challenger’s future. Until then, we at least have the Dodge Challenger Demon to take solace in.