Dodge getting 2 new models, 4 refreshed by 2016 including new Challenger
The chart showing the business plan update for the Chrysler Group in North America shows a year by year rundown of the additions, refreshes and deletions planned for the next five calendar years beginning with 2012. Unfortunately, there is no supporting information to go with these changes in the lineup but based on rumors and the age of the current vehicles, we can make some guesses as to what is coming for Dodge between now and 2016.
For 2013, the business plan shows that there were two Fiat built Dodge vehicles planned for debut that have been cancelled or indefinitely postponed with one of these likely being the sporty, compact Dodge Hornet. It had been rumored for some time that Dodge would have a Fiat 500-based compact model wearing the Hornet name but this appears to put those hopes to rest. The second cancelled Fiat-built Dodge vehicle was likely some sort of compact SUV similar to the upcoming replacement for the Jeep Liberty – which would effectively have been the new Dodge Nitro (although that name may not have been used). Finally, 2013 will bring about a refresh for a current model that could bring about the new generation of several different possible vehicles. The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Caravan were both introduced for the 2008 model years and both are rumored to be nearing a move to the next generation. This refresh could also apply to the Dodge Journey or maybe even the Avenger, although many believe that the midsized Avenger will be killed off as the company looks to eliminate redundancy between the brands. The Charger, Dart and Durango all seem too new to face a refresh so it will likely come down to the Journey, the Challenger, and Caravan lineup for the 2013 refresh with the latter two being the most likely. Also, rumors have long suggested that 2013 would be THE year for the next generation Challenger.
2014 shows that the Dodge brand will receive two refreshed models and as is the case for 2013, 2014’s refreshes could be a variety of different vehicles. The chart also showed that the SRT brand will be getting three refreshed models in 2014 and with the Viper and Grand Cherokee SRT models being so new – the refreshed SRT models have to be the Charger, Challenger and 300. That would lead me to believe that the 2014 Dodge refreshes would be the new Challenger for sure and possibly the Charger, although the Charger is fairly new and incredibly popular. If I didn’t know about the refreshed SRT models in 2014, I would guess that the Dodge brand models getting a big refresh would be the Caravan lineup and either the Journey or Avenger with the new Challenger coming in 2013. However, the plans for SRT to have three refreshed models in 2014 really change the possibilities. There is also the chance that the non-SRT Challenger will debut later this year while the SRT version will debut in 2014…but at this point it is all just speculation.