Dodge Challenger is a brand name of three different generations of American Muscle cars made by Dodge – Dodge Silver Challenger produced from 1958 to 1959, than a first generation of Dodge Challenger pony car from 1969 to 1974 that was based on a Chrysler E platform and major Plymouth Barracuda components, second gen was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant that was sold from 1978 – 1983 and finally the third and current gen of Challenger was introduced in 2008 and was intended to be the main competitor to the 5thgen Ford Mustang and 5th gen Chevy Camaro.
Many speculate that the update from Dodge in a form of the mighty Challenger might bring a lot of goodies for us muscle car lovers, but then still a lot of them say that Dodge gave it their all so far and that we shouldn’t expect much from the updated Challenger. The 2017 Dodge Challenger mostly comes down to a few exterior tweaks to make it up to date, maybe a little more tampering inside and a few new engine options to make it a little more faster and stronger than the previous one.
2017 Dodge Challenger Changes
Challenger is another one of muscle cars that has recognizable body shape and type which made it so popular and desirable. The speculations are that the exterior of the 2017 Dodge Challenger will not change much. It’s going to retain its familiar looks and body type except the front and rear might get some minor updates such as redesign of the front bumper and grill together with the lights which are, supposedly, getting a tougher and more aggressive look.
The rear bumper of new Dodge Challenger is likely going to be designed in the similar way incorporating sportier diffusor with signature double square exhaust pipes that rumble like crazy and can wake a person in neighboring city. Body is, according to rumors, going to get liter but stiffer materials that are going to influence the total weight of the car and its power to mass ratio as well as MPG ratio which will have a lot of impact on future sales. Lighter and nimble cars with a linier body and a beast under the hood are definitely in. New and lighter 20 inch alloy wheels are, as speculated, also in the mix.
Engine and specs
Engine of the 2017 Challenger, or should I say engines will not change much. It is definitely getting an updated Pentastar V6 3.6L that has seen the light of day in 2017 Chrysler Pacifica only a little more tuned for this kind of vehicle, which means that it will produce around 300 HP and 275lb-ft of torque. Hopefully Dodge will try to retain 6.2L V8 beast of an engine despite the FCA rumors that they might be dropping 8 cylinder engines from the portfolio, becausewe all know how much fun is behind the wheel of 310 HP racing down the road. Thanks to a possibility of losing some weight Challenger might get some even better MPG ratio and little more edge over its rivals. It is also possible that both V6 and V8 engine trims will receive AWD drive like the Charger, and there will be two options for transmission – 6 speeds manual and 8 speeds automatic.
Interior of 2017 Challenger might get the biggest update which is reflected in new materials and upholstery that are going to be added, revised instrumental panel and gauges. Tech is a big thing so, according to the online buzz, updated UConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android auto is coming, possibility of TFT instrument cluster and revised seats that are going to offer a better combination of sport and comfort. Everything else is pretty much going to remain the same or slightly updated depending on the trim they offer and we choose. All in all interior will have to take second seat to Challengers updated front and rear bumpers, losing weight and updated Pentastar V6 that is surely going to increase our mileage and pleasure.
Release date and price of 2017 Challenger
Release date for 2017 Dodge Challenger is set sometime for the first quarter of 2018 as far as the rumors go, because 2016 model isn’t up for replacement yet, and honestly doesn’t need to be replaced yet. Although it sounds amazing and offers something out of the Dodge Challenger box we will have to wait for a little while until it hits our doorstep.
Price, according to the information we came across, is going to be slightly higher than the 2016 Challenger meaning somewhere from $38.000 to $68.000 but it will be justified if the Dodge manages to implement everything said above into the 2017 Challenger.
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