Every so often, carmakers like to shake things up a bit and revamp their lineup. Dodge is certainly no exception. In this day and age, we have come to expect new gizmos and gadgets, updates, and upgrades every few months, while the good old standbys become obsolete long before they wear out. Even though the new Charger has only been out for five years, with its platform going back only to 2006, it is considering to be aging rapidly. Therefore, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is currently working on revitalizing each of its Dodge models for the upcoming model years of 2017 and 2018.
The Challenger was first introduced to American roads in 1958 and 1959, and then again from 1969 to 1974 and 1978 to 1983. The current generation of Challenger came out in 2008. Now it is getting a bit of refreshing with an all-wheel-drive model to be known as the Challenger GT AWD. Debuting this fall, it will blaze the way for a Hellcat-powered, wide-body version expected to roll out in 2017 dubbed the Challenger ADR. 2018 will see even more changes when the Challenger is switched over to a lighter Giorgio platform, a place it will share with the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
The Charger will also be redesigned in 2018 to adapt to the Giorgio platform. Looking even further ahead, 2021 could see a new two-door convertible that brings back the Barracuda name.
The Durango is undergoing some modest changes for 2017 with a 6.4-liter V8 engine in an SRT model. A full-sized Chrysler crossover is slated for 2018, with a mid-sized crossover trailing behind in 2019. The Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee, and Compass will each be sporting a new look before long, with a Wrangler-based truck in the works for 2018. The Wagoneer will follow in 2019.
Come in to James Hodge Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Paris, Texas, for a look at each of the new lineup of Dodges, Chryslers, and Jeeps that are currently available. We’ll be happy to talk about the new models soon to come, too. Your automotive needs and customer satisfaction are our number one priorities.