The Challenger was first released as a concept back in 2006 while a year later it was released on the market as a production vehicle. A successor for it has been in the works for some time but unfortunately, it seems that it still is a few years away. This is a very strange move because both Ford and Chevrolet released their all new muscle cars. Dodge wasn’t able to because the FCA group has been focusing on the crossover in the past few years which certainly gave them a few problems. This means that the 2017 Dodge Challenger, the car everyone was expecting, is going to be nothing more than just a very light update of the previous model.
2017 Dodge Challenger Release Date
It’s true successor will be out on the market starting with 2018 or 2019, so this model will have to do until then. The sad part is that Ford had its new Mustang out for more than two years while the new Camaro has been out for more than one. Both of these are better, more efficient, faster and cheaper cars than the Challenger. This small update is expected to bring some small price cuts to the entire range as well as a few upgrades inside the cabin. Besides that, the looks, engines, and even the running gear are all expected to stay the same. Until 2018 when the new model will be released, the Challenger is highly likely not going to receive any additional attention from the FCA group.
2017 Dodge Challenger Specs
Just like before, the 2017 Dodge Challenger is going to hit the market with a selection of engines aimed pretty much at everyone. For those looking for relatively good fuel efficiency and decent performance, a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 offering 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque is available. Further up the range, a 5.7 liter HEMI naturally aspirated V8 is also going to be offered. This will remain unchanged from the 2015 model with its 370 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. The 6.4 liter V8 will follow the same recipe meaning it will continue to offer 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.
While all of these engines would be adequate for most, the Challenger still weighs a lot more than any of its competitors. On top of that, its suspension is mostly ancient being based on a Mercedes design that is two decades old. The good part is that the old 5-speed automatic was finally replaced by an 8 speed ZF box which is smoother and faster than before.
The Hellcat is going to be carried over unchanged. This will still use the 6.2 liters supercharged HEMI V8 with its 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to it, 0 to 60 MPH will come in less than 3 seconds and it will be able to hit more than 200 MPH, so it will still be one of the faster muscle cars out there.
Exterior and Interior Changes
Like we mentioned above, unfortunately, the car’s interior and exterior are going to remain unchanged. This is not that great because the interior of the 2017 Dodge Challenger will look, and feel, outdated and not that comfortable despite all that space it has to offer. The good part is that a new infotainment unit is finally going to be installed but the rather bad seats are not going to be replaced which really is a shame. Some other features might be switched around in the available equipment groups but nothing else major should change. Its design should stay basically the same as before. We might see a few new color schemes from Dodge but so far they haven’t said anything about those rumors.