Fiat Chrysler dealers got a looksee into the next Dodge Charger in Las Vegas this week. It’s going to be part Alfa Romeo Giulia and part 1999 Charger RT concept car.
This got leaked from a closed dealer meeting in Las Vegas…
According to Automotive News and Jalopnik, the next Dodge Charger will ride on the same platform as the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia. And it bears a strong resemblance to the 1999 Charger RT concept car [see above].
Automotive News reports…
“The Barracuda convertible and next-generation Dodge Charger will be based on the flexible rear-wheel-drive platform designed for the return of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which was first shown in Italy in June. It is part of FCA’s roughly $6 billion investment to resurrect and grow the Alfa Romeo brand to 400,000 units worldwide by 2018.”
The new rear- and all-wheel drive architecture in the Giulia is adapted from the Maseratis Ghibli and Quattroporte, so FCA is amortizing its investment. Plus Jalopnik points out the current Challenger and Charger platforms incorporate some Mercedes components from the Daimler era, and are becoming vintage.
The 1999 Dodge Charger RT Concept Vehicle – which the new Charger allegedly resembles – was penned by famous designer Tom Gale. Gale is credited with the 1991 Dodge Stealth, the 1992 Dodge Viper, and the 2001 Plymouth Prowler.
One of the commenters on Jalopnik (“The Night Crawler“) remarked that the 1999 Charger concept bore an uncanny resemblance to a 4th generation GM F-Car, and in particular the 1992 Pontiac Firebird. We thought so too.
1992 Pontiac Firebird inspiring the 1999 Dodge Charger Concept
Dealers were also shown the Dodge Barracuda convertible, the upcoming Alfa Romeo and Maserati models, and the Fiat 124 Spider.
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