Thanks to multiple insider sources, details regarding the 2015 Dodge Challenger are starting to become quite clear.
The biggest and most important change will be its platform. Currently the car uses the LC platform, but this will be tossed aside for a new LA platform which will mainly consist of suspension changes. The car will essentially lose all Mercedes inspired or designed front and rear suspension components for vastly updated units thought to be shared with the new Maserati Ghibli. Double wishbone up front and a newly designed 5-link set-up out back. The suspension changes alone are thought to account for weight loss, but it wont be significant enough for a large impact, expect the 2015 car to weigh the same as the current cars.
The interior will also undergo significant updates which are said to include the new 2nd generation 8.4″ Uconnect touchscreen and 7″ TFT in-dash configurable screen in lieu of design and material upgrades throughout the entire interior. New seating will be part of this and has been confirmed as have new door panels.
The basic metal body structure will undergo changes too with new front fenders, rear 1/4 panels and new front and rear fascias. The look will retro-mimic the pictured 1971 Dodge Challenger and have a split grille and tail lights. Front head lights will be halo style and the rear lamps will be LED.
The often ragged on 5-speed automatic will finally bid farewell and be replaced by the stellar ZF 8-speed automatic with rev-matching downshifts across the board from V6 to Hellcat 6.2L supercharged models. Powerplants are also rumored to be getting bumps in output as well with the V6 coming in somewhere between 310-320 HP, the 5.7L 400-420 HP, 6.4L 500-510 and the new 6.2L Hellcat somewhere between 650 and 700 HP.
So is this a brand new car or a very significant refresh? Depends. The last existing vehicle they gave this much attention to was the Chrysler Sebring which was morphed into the Chrysler 200. It too received upgrades to everything that unbolted from the basic body structure, and they called it a brand new car.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger is reportedly going to debut at the 2014 Spring Festival of LX’s in Southern California and then follow that with an unveiling and appearance at the 2014 New York Auto Show. It will be available to order in June of 2014 with a sales launch the following September.