It’s no secret that Dodge’s current lineup is pretty much outdated. In an effort to bring its models more in line with the competition, the automaker is due to bring major changes. One of the most anticipated models currently is the next-generation Challenger that was supposed to arrive for 2019. However, the most recent reports coming from respectable sources reveal that its debut is going to be delayed until 2020. That basically means the aging Charger and Challenger sedans will soldier on for a few more years. Instead of a complete overhaul, expect the 2019 Dodge Challenger to receive only cosmetic changes. Some sources suggest that it could go on sale in the second half of 2018.
2019 Challenger Features
The current iteration of the Challenger sedan has been around since 2008. That very fact makes it a dinosaur in comparison with the Camaro and Mustang. For instance, the ongoing Challenger rides on a platform borrowed from the previous-generation Mercedes E-Class. Now, the redesigned Challenger should benefit from the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform that is much stiffer. The new underpinnings will also make this car considerably lighter than before. As for the 2019 Dodge Challenger, expect it to feature a refreshed exterior and interior. While it’s bound to retain its old architecture, a number of visual tweaks will make it more contemporary than its predecessor. Inside the cabin, expect the refreshed Challenger to offer new colors and materials. We also predict that it should receive updates in terms of the infotainment system and safety features.
2019 Dodge Challenger Specs
There will be no dramatic changes when it comes to the 2019 Dodge Challenger’s engine range. The base SXT models will get the 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower. The Challenger R/T will use the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, delivering 375 horsepower. Next up is the 6.4-liter Hemi V8, producing 485 ponies in the 392 Hemi Scat Pack and Challenger SRT 392. Finally, the SRT Hellcat version will be powered by the stunning 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 that puts out 707 hp. All V8 engines will be available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
For all the fans of the current Challenger, the company’s decision to postpone its successor will be good news. However, the Giorgio-based Challenger together with the next-generation Charger is due to bring those much needed changes. With the aforementioned set of updates, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat should be able to stay competitive until the 2020 Challenger redesign.