The Dodge Charger Is Dying a Four-Door Death and It’s Not Alone
It’s not a secret anymore: the Dodge Charger is dead. Still, before we chant, “Long live the Dodge Charger,” the Dodge Charger sedan isn’t going alone. In fact, the Charger isn’t the only Stellantis-family sedan heading for the chopping block in 2024.
That’s right, Dodge’s long-in-tooth coupe, the Challenger, is driving off into the sunset as well. Cue “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa. All joking aside, the Charger and Challenger will leave a gap in the Mopar marque’s lineup.
The Chrysler 300 is also doomed
The Dodge Charger is heading to the gallows, sure. However, its sibling, the Chrysler 300, will also hit discontinuation station for the 2024 model year. After the better part of two decades of continuous production, the 300 will disappear alongside the Charger.
Both vehicles ride on the full-size LD platform, the successor to the LX. A look at the platforms indicates an opportunity to update. See, the LX platform is based on the W211 architecture Mercedes-Benz introduced in 2002. Like a family member looking back on a life well-lived, it might be time.
Cautious optimism is the name of the game for Mopar fans in the future
Of course, progressive Dodge fans will be cautiously optimistic to accept the arrival of the Charger Daytona SRT EV. With an angular coupe body, it looks the part but doesn’t sound it.
Sure, the model’s Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust system is a welcome attempt at injecting a lively soundtrack into driving an EV. However, it’s a manufactured noise, not the organic symphony of a V8. Still, the most recent developments out of Dodge suggest that the next-generation Charger will incorporate the 3.0L Hurricane twin-turbo six-cylinder mill. While that seems like an eco-compromise between Mopar fans and progressive engineering, it will lack the pantomime of the Challengers and Chargers of yesteryear.