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All-Wheel-Drive Dodge Hellcat Planned, Lineup Changes Come to Halt

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American automaker, Dodge, made plans for major changes and complete overhauls of its automotive lineup, which included the Challenger and Charger, but those changes have come to a sudden halt. At this time, Dodge has not provided any reason as to why progress stalled. Changes are still in works though, and the overhauls encompass the majority of the Dodge lineup. Most notably, major revisions to the Challenger as well as a complete redesign for the Charger and the Barracuda.

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The Challenger will see three new versions, one of which will be an AWD V6. Additionally, Dodge will introduce a rear-wheel drive Hellcat Challenger featuring a wide-body. The Hellcat Challenger will make its debut in 2017 and be known as the Challenger ADR. A third version of the Challenger will debut in 2018 and be designed on the Giorgio platform. It is expected to shed upwards of 500 pounds.

The Barracuda, on which production ended in 1974, will make a 2021 comeback. The two-door convertible will, “share the Charger/Challenger platform,” according to Automotive News.

The Charger redesign will debut in 2018 at part of the Giorgio platform. Automotive News reports the redesign will see a loss of 400 pounds. Some models like the Dart and the Viper are in their last year of production as part of the overhaul.

For more information on how other models of the Dodge lineup will change, check out the full Automotive News article here. 


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