New Dodge Charger coming in 2016, Chrysler 300 to follow in 2017
The current LX platform that carries the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 was introduced in 2005 and even though the two full sized sedans got pretty expansive refreshes for the 2011 model year, they are still based on a platform that is almost eight years old; having been designed while Chrysler was under the reign of Daimler. By the time the 2016 Dodge Charger arrives, the LX platform on which the muscular American sedan rides was be 11 years old and for those who are not sure – that is fairly old for a chassis platform. After the Charger arrives in 2016, the revised Chrysler 300 is expected to arrive a year later for 2017.
In addition to a new chassis platform, the 2016 Dodge Charger and 2017 Chrysler 300 will share standard rear- wheel drive and an optional advanced all-wheel drive systems along with engines and transmissions. Automobile explains that the Charger and 300 will continue offering a range of V6 and V8 engines – presumably future versions of the Pentastar V6 and the Hemi V8 – although those motors could be very different from the Pentastar and Hemi engines used now. Unfortunately, we can expect that these two full sized sedans will both exclude the option of a manual transmission but there will likely be a dual clutch unit alongside a future version of the 8-speed transmission in use with the Charger and 300 V6 models today.