2017 Dodge Challenger, Charger Hellcat Production to Begin Next Month
A few weeks back, we brought you the news that the 2017 model year examples of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat would get more changes than the other trimlines of the popular Mopar muscle cars. The changes are all fairly simple and when parked next to a 2015 or 2016 model, some people might not be able to pick out the differences.
However, with the simple changes slated for the 2017 Hellcat Challenger and Charger has come a new wave of interested new car shoppers. Across the various social media groups dedicated to these modern high performance monsters, many people have shown interest in the availability of the 2017 model year vehicles so I reached out to the folks at FCA to see when the lightly improved Dodge muscle cars will be reaching dealerships.
2017 Challenger, Charger Production Begins in October
Per the folks at FCA, production of the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger will begin in the company’s Canadian production facility in October. They didn’t say exactly when in October, but we know now that 2017 Hellcat production could begin in about two weeks, with production almost certainly starting within the next six weeks.
As for when those 2017 Hellcat Challengers and Chargers will begin reaching dealerships, the official word from FCA continues to be that they will arrive during the 4th quarter of 2016. Figure that if production begins during the first week of October, two weeks delay between production and the day when cars reach dealerships would mean that the 2017 models are about a month away from meeting their new owners – although that time could certainly stretch into November, depending on when production begins, shipping schedules, etc.
2017 Challenger, Charger Changes
In case you missed our first report on the changes for the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, here is a quick rundown:
-All 2017 Challenger and Charger models will come with the newest UConnect infotainment system, with higher levels of smartphone connectivity, faster load times and improves graphics
-2017 Challenger and Charger in SRT 392 or SRT Hellcat form get a backlit steering wheel center, with the SRT glowing white in 392 models and red in Hellcat models
-2017 Hellcat Challenger and Charger models get more Hellcat badging, with the SRT logo being accompanied by the Hellcat head on the dash, seat backs and rear spoiler
-2017 Hellcat Challenger and Charger get new, lighter wheels with a 5-spoke design
-2017 Challenger and Charger are offered in 13 exterior colors - Granite, Billet Silver, Pitch Black, Maximum Steel, Go Mango, Redline Red, TorRed, Yellow Jacket, Octane Red, Green Go, Destroyer Grey, White Knuckle and Contusion Blue
Click here for a detailed look at the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger changes and for a closer look at all of the 2017 colors, click here.