Thirteen months ago, I claimed that the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT EV concept looked surprisingly production-like. It turns out, I wasn’t wrong. Pictures of what appears to be the unibody for Dodge’s Challenger replacement have leaked online, and from what we can see, it looks almost exactly like last year’s concept car.
These photos leaked on Twitter day, as you can see below, though it’s not clear where they originated. The images are claimed to be from inside a Stellantis production facility.
Granted, there’s only so much we can see from these pictures, given that they contain no subframes, no doors, no bumpers, no glass, no trim, no suspension, and no powertrain bits. We’re literally just talking about the unibody. However, we are looking at a two-door liftback coupe with a pronounced shoulderline and fixed quarter windows, which totally makes this thing Dodge’s Challenger replacement. Sure, the pillarless greenhouse of the concept doesn’t carry over, but I guess we can’t have everything. We haven’t seen a liftback in the American pony car segment since 2002, so this should be a welcome dose of practicality in an otherwise indulgent form.
These photos appear to have possibly been taken inside Stellantis’ Windsor Assembly plant, which would make sense given Stellantis’ investment in the Windsor area for electric vehicle battery pack production, and a previous announcement claiming STLA Large vehicle production will occur in Windsor. Dodge has been hyping up its future electric lineup, so it would be good practice for future models to be built closer to where the batteries are. It’s worth noting that STLA Large is a flexible architecture, and these shells appear to be set up for combustion power. Stellantis has confirmed in a product roadmap that a battery electric option will be available at launch.
New Charger, who dis? pic.twitter.com/2HjbZ0U5JK
— Takuro Spirit ???? (@TakuroSpirit) October 17, 2023
In addition, multiple unibodies are shown in leaked pics, which suggests that the automaker is gearing up for pilot builds. Dodge has previously announced that its next generation of muscle cars will arrive in 2024, and given standard development timelines, it seems plausible Stellantis is in the manufacturing phase of pre-production.
In any case, we’ll likely just have to hold onto our butts for now, taking solace in the knowledge that the next generation of Dodge performance cars will look pretty much like the Charger Daytona SRT Banshee concept from 2022. Expect a mixture of combustion-powered and battery-electric models, and an official launch sometime next year.
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(Photo credits: Unknown, Stellantis, Thomas Hundal)
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