Electrification is becoming increasingly popular in the automotive industry, and the latest manufacturer to follow suit is Dodge. Recently reported by CEO Mike Manley, the next-generation Dodge Challenger will be electrified in some way.
The main motivation for electrification is to keep up with the automotive climate whilst remaining current with technology, “The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s.” Right now, the Dodge Challenger near Sheboygan, WI sits atop the LX architecture platform, which is 13 years old.
Muscle car enthusiasts, don’t fret. According to Manley, electrification won’t be the “dominant part.” It’s likely only a component of the performance will be electric, as RAM did with the 2019 RAM 1500 via eTorque.
“Electrification deployed to increase the performance of the vehicle as its primary goal – with the added benefits of fuel economy – is very different, instead of the other way around.”
Right now, the 2019 Dodge Challenger features a maximum output of 797 horsepower. In total, there are five engines available for this muscle car, each one rendering impressive ratings. Of course, several performance systems are offered, including launch control, electronic power steering, and electronic stability control.
Due to the integration of electrification, Manley comments that the next-gen Challenger most likely won’t render as high as performance numbers, “What it isn’t going to be is a V-8, supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.” So, what’s in store? We’ll just have to wait and see.
To learn more about the next-gen electric Dodge Challenger or any of our current models, get in touch with us at Van Horn Dodge in Plymouth, WI. Our Dodge dealers look forward to working with you soon!