Production of the current Dodge Charger and Challenger models is scheduled to stop at the end of 2023, out of Brampton, Ontario, near Toronto. This will mark the end of an incredibly long, fruitful, profitable production run for both muscle cars. For the next-generation, which is expected to be fully electric, Stellantis is reportedly moving the Charger and Challenger to its Windsor, Ontario assembly plant. But with Unifor-Stellantis union negotiations around the corner, it’s a current mystery as to what sort of vehicles will replace the outgoing Dodge Charger and Challenger, if any. Turns out, that’s a “yes,” with two electric Jeep SUVs heading to Brampton, according to the latest reports.
According to an Automotive News report citing AutoForecast Solutions, both the Brampton and Windsor assembly plants will be retooled to build vehicles off the new Stellantis STLA Large platform, which will underpin primarily battery-electric vehicles, though it’s said to also have ICE flexibility. The platform will be used on the brand’s next-generation minivan, and the Charger and Challenger are expected to ride upon STLA Large as well, when they begin production in
AutoForecast Solutions says that production of the next-generation Charger and Challenger models will move to the Windsor Assembly Plant, which fits well with the $5 billion battery cell factory that will also be built in Windsor in partnership with LG Energy Solution.
North American Jeep boss Jim Morrison said during a September 7th press conference that two new models would be built in North America, but did not offer any further details. That said, the brand released the first look at two new all-electric products, the first of which being the Wrangler-inspired Recon, and the Wagoneer S, a midsize crossover, earlier this month.
With the floor space of the Brampton plant available, Stellantis will fill it with some form of electric Jeep, although the forecast didn’t specify if it would be either of the new models. However, things would likely begin production in either 2024 or 2025. The automaker also said back in May that it would spend $3.6 billion to build battery-electric vehicles at Brampton and Windsor assembly plants, and that both plants should return to three-shift operation.