2023 is the year when the ax will fall on the V8 Hellcat of the family Dodge. Supercharged and with a power that fluctuated between 707 and 840 horsepower, this engine will certainly mark Dodge history.
Rumors of the cessation of production of Hellcat have been going well for several months now. However, we now know the date, at least the year when this powerful V8 will officially retire, and it is 2023. The information comes from a reliable source since it is Tim Kuniskis, the boss of Dodge himself. , who confirmed it on publication Motor Authority during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
2 years of reprieve
His statement could not be clearer: “We still have two years to buy a Hellcat, after that it’s history. According to him, the engine will remain in production until the end of 2023 in one form or another without specifying which models will still enjoy it. One thing is certain, it will no longer be the Durango since, despite the increase in production, only the year 2021 is planned for this disproportionate SUV.
The standards in question
While we might believe that Dodge has finally had a flash of green awareness, it really isn’t. In fact, the main reason for the Hellcat’s retirement is that the Charger and Challenger would have too many financial penalties due to emissions standards from that date. In the same vein, it will also be the time to completely replace the Charger and Challenger. As we know the Charger today, it dates from 2011, but derives its platform from the partnership with Daimler, more precisely from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class introduced in 1996. Same thing for the Challenger and the Chrysler 300. Kuniskis is shows once again unequivocally: “The cars you know today will no longer be in production by the time we arrive in 2024.” We are therefore going to discover for the 2024 model year a new generation of Charger and Challenger.
At the moment, it is not known the extent of the future line of coupe and full-size sedan in the Dodge family following its renewal. Will Dodge renew existing mechanics like the Pentastar V6 and the Hemi V8? What will be the extent of electrification? One thing is certain, there will be an electric Challenger for 2024. Besides, we should not wait very long before having a better idea of the product, because Kuniskis maintains that Dodge will unveil it in a concept that will illustrate this direction.
Something new before the end of the year
By then, Dodge confirms that a brand new plug-in hybrid product will be unveiled before the end of 2021. It is not known what the shape of the vehicle, car or SUV will be, nor its size. Again, patience will be required, but at least it won’t be as far as 2024.