Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to switch a new-generation Dodge Challenger muscle car to a hybrid powertrain. It should happen in the next decade.
The current Dodge Challenger powered with a supercharged V8 motor is the second behind the Ford Mustang among best-selling sports coups in the US car market.
Since 2014, the model sales have increased 30% to 66,716 units in 2018. It is the only car in its segment that managed to gain sales last year (by 3%), with 42% of vehicles equipped with V8s.
According to FCA’s CEO Mike Manley, the Dodge Challenger’s platform and technology outdated and should be replaced. At the same time, a 717-hp Hellcat version based on the 13-year-old LX architecture broke the Internet when debuted in 2015.
Like some other supercar-makers (Porsche, McLaren, Acura), Dodge will electrify its powertrains to meet the latest emissions standards. We should not expect an all-electric Hellcat arrival in the near future, but a hybrid variant is more than possible.
The 2019 Challengers have four engines in their lineup: one 6-cylinder and three V8s with displacement of 3.6-, 5.7-, 6.4- and 6.2-liter.
Dodge will likely use a gasoline twin-turbo 6-cylinder motor and upgraded lighter chassis for its performance models. Some experts assume the entry-level $28,000 Challenger may utilize a version of the company’s 2.0-liter turbo-four with a 48-volt eTorque mild-hybrid assist.
The exact term for the new coupe launch is unknown. It may happen in the mid-2020s (2025-2026).
Source: the Detroit News