Wide-body all-wheel drive Dodge Hellcat monster on the way?
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The wide-body Dodge Challenger ADR will be one a slew of special edition models that will keep Dodge’s range of rear-wheel drive vehicles ticking over until new models arrive in a few years time.
Sources have told Automotive News that the Italian-American car maker will launch the wide-body Challenger ADR in 2017. The Challenger ADR might feature a more powerful version of the company’s 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8, which currently produces 527kW of power and 880Nm of torque.
It’s possible that the ADR might also feature all-wheel drive, with the company reportedly set to launch a new all-wheel drive variant of Challenger, dubbed the GT AWD, during the third quarter of 2016.
Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept at SEMA 2015.
The trade publication also contains details about other Dodge models that are in the pipeline. As we’ve reported earlier, the next-generation Charger will move from its Mercedes-Benz E-Class-derived underpinnings to the company’s Giorgio platform, which made its debut under the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
According to the report overnight, the new Charger and Challenger will be “redesigned onto the Giorgio platform in 2018”, although earlier indications pointed to a launch in 2019 or beyond.
Also based on the rear- and all-wheel drive Giorgio platform will be a Barracude convertible companion.
Intriguingly, Automotive News claims that the next-generation Dodge Journey won’t be based on the underpinnings of the Jeep Cherokee, as well as the recently axed Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart. Instead it will also move onto the Giorgio platform, with production shifting from Mexico to Italy as a result.
This might mean that the Journey will again spawn a Fiat Freemont variant for markets outside of North America.
- Derek Fung, CarAdvice.com.au