When it comes to dominance in the muscle car segment, it is hard to argue against the Brotherhood of Muscle. The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger have been staples of the segment since they were first reintroduced in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Following that debut the pair have cemented their place in Mopar folklore, helped along by models like the Hellcat, the Demon, the Daytona, and the SRT Super Stock. However, it appears that FCA hasn’t finished rolling out new Charger and Challenger models just yet.
According to a series of documents published by Unifor, Dodge will be releasing three “new variants” of the two muscle cars before 2023. The news came shortly after FCA signed a new three-year agreement with the Canadian union, which helped the automaker avoid a potentially ugly strike. The deal promises to bring $1.58 billion Canadian in investment from FCA, which will aid in bringing some 2,000 new jobs to the region. A portion of that money is being directed to the FCA’s Brampton Assembly facility, which is home to the Dodge Charger and Challenger models.
There’s another reason why 2023 makes for a peculiar year. A year ago, Dodge may or may not have published an easter egg that hinted at 2023 being the final year for the LX-platform Dodge Charger and Challenger.
It is possible that these models could be something as simple as a trim level, or something much more groundbreaking. FCA has recently filed a trademark for the Cuda nameplate, for instance, which could make its return as a variant of the Challenger. Whatever it is the company is planning, you already know that it will arrive with a ludicrous amount of horsepower.
The documents from Unifor also confirm that the Chrysler 300 will also stay on until at least the 2023 model year. The 300 may not be as popular as it once was, but it sits alongside the Dodge Charger as one of the few full-size American sedans on the market. Even cars have to compete with their much more handsome and athletic siblings.
The Dodge Charger and Challenger are the last true examples of the American muscle car. They are big and heavy, massively overpowered, and an absolute laugh to drive. Whatever FCA is cooking up behind the scenes will undoubtedly follow those same principals. By the time 2023 rolls around, they will have been doing it for 15 years already.