The current Dodge Charger, for sale in Portland, is getting long in the tooth. It was originally introduced in 2005 as a 2006 model. In car terms, that’s an eternity, though it’s been refreshed twice. Still, FCA US will keep the LX-generation car going, reportedly facelifting it one last time for 2019. After that, there are some bigger changes in store.
Automotive News is reporting that the follower to the current LX Charger will lose almost 500 pounds and will once again offer a turbo four-cylinder. You might remember the front-wheel-drive four-banger Charger of the early ’80s. The recharged sedan will be twin-turbo and it’s going to use the 300-horsepower four-cylinder engine currently under development for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, AN says. The target weight for the future car is around 3,500 lbs, while the current car has a curb weight of nearly 4,000 lbs. Look for it to arrive in the early 2020s.
The new platform will have a touch of Italian flair instead of the Daimler-Benz flavor embedded deep inside the LX cars. It will be built on an extended version of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia’s “Giorgio” platform, according to AN. Dealers were already shown a styling-buck almost a year ago.