The current Dodge Challenger has lived on the same platform since it was unveiled 12 years ago, but has nevertheless gotten better with age. New suspension designs and a list of new powertrain options, such as the 6.2L supercharged Hellcat V8, followed by the legendary SRT Demon and the 797 hp Hellcat Redeye have continued to satiate the power hungry appetites of the muscle car market.
Despite its age, the Dodge Challenger has become a great seller for FCA in its later years, though fans are still waiting for an all-new version of their favorite Mopar. Last year it was announced that the next-generation Challenger originally expected to launch in 2021 was being pushed back, further extending the wait for buyers. According to a recent report, that new car might be coming rather soon with an interesting twist.
According to the sources of MoparInsiders, the current-generation Dodge Challenger isn’t going away yet, and is likely here to stay well into the 2023 model year. Back in October, an easter egg on the odometer of an official Dodge Challenger stock photo, reading 2,023 miles, hinting that the current-generation performance sedan will also bow out that same year. Considering the Dodge Charger and Challenger share an architecture, it’s likely the two will transition onto the next generation at roughly the same time.
But, wait, there’s more. MoparInsiders also reports that their sources say FCA is considering running production of the next-generation Dodge Challenger alongside the current car for a couple of months at the minimum at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario.
If this information is accurate, Mopar fans should expect the next-generation Dodge Challenger to launch for the 2023 model year as predicted in October. While that is a noteworthy discovery in itself, the decision to continue production of the current car alongside the next car is particularly interesting. FCA is no stranger to continuing older models after a new generation launches, as they continue to sell the Ram 1500 Classic alongside the current model. That being said, the current Challenger will be 15 years old at that point, which makes one wonder why they might keep it going.
For whatever reason they may have, we soon might get to choose between two Dodge Challengers on the dealer lot: one that’s familiar, and one brand new.