Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] this week held a dealer meeting in Las Vegas where it showed off many of its upcoming models, both confirmed cars and previously unknown ones. The big news was confirmation of a new Barracuda to be sold by Dodge, possibly as a replacement for its Challenger muscle car or perhaps as a new classic-inspired hero.
Another crucial model unveiled was the next-generation Charger, which according to Automotive News (subscription required) sources will feature coupe-like styling similar to that shown on Dodge’s Charger R/T concept car from 1999 (shown below). It will be staying a sedan, though.
As has previously been reported, the new Charger will ride on the rear-wheel-drive (with available all-wheel drive) platform making its debut in the Alfa Romeo Giulia. This platform will also be used for the new Barracuda. Curiously, there was no mention of a new Chrysler 300 at the meeting, the current version of which shares its platform with the current Charger and Challenger duo.
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1999 Dodge Charger R/T concept
The timing of the new Charger’s launch is still a mystery. In its five-year strategy announcement made in May 2014, FCA said the car would be introduced in 2018 alongside a new Challenger. However, reports from earlier this year claimed numerous vehicle programs at FCA had been delayed, including the new Charger whose release was said to have been pushed back from the 2018 calendar year into 2019 or later.
Though yet to be confirmed, we’ve also heard that the new Dodge models won’t feature HEMI V-8 engines in their high-performance SRT variants. As we previously reported, there’s a chance all SRT products from the 2019 model year onwards will downsize to either four-cylinder or V-6 engines with forced induction.
At the dealer meeting, FCA is said to have confirmed some additional models for the first time. These included the next-generation Wrangler and new Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk from Jeep, a sporty Dart perhaps with GLH badging (a previously announced Dart SRT has been canned) from Dodge, and a new Durango-sized SUV for Chrysler.