Dodge’s retro-inspired Challenger muscle car will be sticking around for at least one more year, though to keep things interesting a mild facelift will be introduced across the range while a new supercharged engine will be added to the high-performance SRT variant. The facelifted Challenger will be launched on the market next year, as a 2015 model, and should come with some new tech features in addition to the revised styling.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger prototype seen here is wearing heavy camouflage gear on its front and rear, suggesting we’ll see new bumpers, revised lights and perhaps a new hood design. The rest of the car is likely to stay the same, although we may see Dodge introduce some new wheel patterns and colors.
The interior is expected to receive a major update, with improved materials and more user-friendly controls likely to make the cut. An eight-speed automatic should be offered across the range, along with some new tech features such as the latest Uconnect interface
, a reversing camera, and possibly even radar and camera monitoring systems.
We’re not expecting any major changes to the engine lineup this late into the model’s life cycle (the latest Challenger has been around since 2008). This means the base model will stick with a 305-horsepower V-6 while the mid-level R/T will keep its own 375-horsepower HEMI V-8. The SRT model, meanwhile, should adopt the aforementioned supercharged V-8. This engine, nicknamed the Hellcat
, is expected to deliver close to 640 horsepower and finally give Dodge an answer to the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Look for a debut of the 2015 Dodge Challenger at a major North American auto show in the first half of next year. Sales should commence by late summer or early fall.
Unfortunately for fans hoping for a redesigned Challenger, they will have to wait a little while longer. A new version is in the works and is expected to spawn a new Barracuda
. The car will ride on a new rear-wheel-drive platform being developed together with Dodge’s parent company Fiat which plans to use it for future Alfa Romeos
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