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Next Dodge Challenger, Charger To Use Maserati Platform

Next Dodge Challenger, Charger To Use Maserati Platform

It’s challenging to keep up with Fiat-Chrysler’s future product plans. The latest change of course appears to be with the replacement Dodge Challenger and Charger–the “LX” cars, which are reportedly going to use the Maserati Ghibli.

Automotive News future product report is the first to report the plans of spawning new Dodges from the Maserati platform in 2021. Until this report, it was widely believed the LX cars would be replaced by variants built atop the new Giorgio platform, which underpins most new Alfa Romeo products. The Ghibli platform is actually a scaled down version of the Quattroporte.

It isn’t exactly clear why FCA apparently changed their mind in terms of a donor platform for the replacement cars. The Maserati platform is older than the Giorgio, so perhaps it is a more cost effective means of producing the lower-end products?

This isn’t the first time FCA has messed with the future of the LX cars. FCA promised all-new versions of the LX cars for 2018 when the company rolled out their 5-year product plan in 2014.

Instead, it sounds like we’ll have to make due with a refresh for all the LX cars in 2019 model year, followed by all-new ones atop the Ghibli platform in 2021.





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. 0fxxk0
    Another reason not to buy a Challenger or Charger.....*sigh*
    Andrew_L
    Dequindre
    They really do, but I expect that has a lot to do with how FCA markets them. FCA does a lot of things poorly (like redesigning vehicles in a timely manner), but they're excellent at advertising. I suppose they have to be out of necessity.


    A good chunk is probably fleet too sadly
    Dequindre
    Andrew_L
    It is and they still sell decently for full size sedans compared to the competition


    They really do, but I expect that has a lot to do with how FCA markets them. FCA does a lot of things poorly (like redesigning vehicles in a timely manner), but they're excellent at advertising. I suppose they have to be out of necessity.
    Tone
    Andrew_L
    It is and they still sell decently for full size sedans compared to the competition


    That’s true. The challenge is they sell about as well as GM’s FWD large cars (Impala, LaCrosse, XTS) except those cars share a basic platform with a bunch of other high volume mid-sizers making them profitable (maybe!). FCA has been able to do ok with a lower volume RWD platform by using it forever. The challenge is finding a way to update these cars — which mean a lot for the Dodge brand — on a ‘new’ RWD/AWD platform without killing their margins. This might be a way to do it — with a hand-me-down luxury platform.
    FenwickHockey65
    Two things.

    More interior room and more trunk space.

    We would love a patrol car that is actually reliable...
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