I Asked 14 Car Experts: What Changes Do You Expect for the 2017 Dodge Challenger?

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When I first shared a fan-based concept of the 2017 Dodge Challenger, there was an enormous amount of comments about it on social media.

Many people liked it, even more hated it.

However, I believe there are people who can predict almost anything in the automotive industry.

Now, 8 months after sharing the fan-based concept, I decided to ask 14 of them one simple question:

What changes do you expect for the 2017 Dodge Challenger?

Let me tell you, the insights I received from these 14 car experts were nothing short of amazing. I’ve listed all of them below:

Steven Ewing @ Autoblog: I’d expect a few minor tweaks.

I actually don’t think there will be a ton of changes for the 2017 model year Challenger.

Based on what I’ve heard, a new version will arrive in 2018 sometime. I’d expect a few minor tweaks, maybe some packaging changes, but nothing major overall.

Of course, I could be totally wrong, but I haven’t heard anything that would suggest big updates for the 2017 model year. I feel like we would know something about that by now.

Craig Cole @ Autoguide: The rumors I’ve heard is that the car will be smaller and lighter.

Well, all I’ve heard – and I classify this information as a shaky rumor at best – is that the car will be smaller and lighter than today’s version, though honestly that shouldn’t be hard to achieve since the existing Challenger is quite a porker.As for the architecture, perhaps something from Alfa Romeo or Maserati could support this vehicle in lieu of the Mercedes leftovers used in today’s model.

A proper V8 had better be on the powertrain menu or I’ll be pissed…

David Zatz @ Allpar: I don’t see any major, major differences between now and 2017.

I don’t expect many changes to the 2017 Dodge Challenger, since the replacement is not due for a while yet. I do expect an upgrade to the latest UConnect system, as seen on the Pacifica. There was talk of a possible Hellcat power boost eventually, but then, there was a _lot_ of talk about a 5.7 revision that never came. I’m not saying it won’t.Adopting the upgraded Pentastar engine is possible; it would bring more torque and better mileage. I suspect there will be numerous reliability and durability tweaks, such as better transmission tuning, which are almost inevitable. They’ll fiddle with the colors and options and packages.

I don’t think they will do a hybrid Challenger but stop-start is not out of the question.

The grapevine has been very quiet about the large cars so what you have here is speculation. It makes sense for them to spread out the new V6 even if the Challenger, Charger, and 300 won’t be around past, say, 2020. The Challenger may or may not be replaced by that new platform shared with Alfa Romeo but I’d equally expect them to add a new car below its size – the only problem with that is losing the name. All indications so far is that the new platform won’t take a V8, but as you probably know, Maserati worked over the LX setup and I expect that Chrysler will make the new Challenger and possibly Charger and/or 300 based on a reworking of Maserati’s version. That would bring a more exciting feel to the handling. However, if they do that, expect the price to go up and the volume to drop down. (It’s the only way they can keep using the Hellcat, as far as I know.)

The Challenger would, if this is the case, essentially replace the Viper as the aspirational car, with a new Avenger or whatever-they-call-it positioned right up against the Mustang and Camaro. There will be a large Alfa Romeo so there could be a large RWD Dodge sharing its platform/architecture — this is a corporate project, so Dodge and Alfa Romeo are in it together, regardless of the spin — but it would almost certainly be restricted to a V6. Maserati’s V6, which is loosely based on the Pentastar and made in the same plant, hits 404 horsepower, so we’re talking about a good power to weight ratio even without a V8. But for a Dodge Challenger?

I’ve been told that the current Hemi will end in 2018 or so, which is well after your 2017 date, but that is not stopping them from doing a new V8 or even a thoroughly reworked design. I can’t see FCA using Ferrari engines in Ram trucks, can you?

It’s rather hard to predict FCA’s actions but, again, I don’t see any major, major differences between now and 2017. Even a boosted Hellcat would likely mostly be retuning (and it could just be hot air — what works in the dyno lab doesn’t necessarily work in the engine bay, where it can snap driveshafts, overheat, etc., and the Hellcat Challenger has set a high standard for real life dependability).

Rahul Raman @ Automoblog: I believe the V6 (and possibly V8) models could be equipped with AWD.

For 2017, I believe that the Dodge Challenger will get the same updated 3.6 L Pentastar V6 that debuted in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Also, based on the Challenger AWD concept that debuted at lat year’s SEMA, I believe that the V6 and possibly the V8 models could be equipped with AWD (similar to the ones found in the Charger).I expect the overall design to remain the same compared to the current Challenger, but the interior may receive more soft touch materials, a possibility of TFT instrument cluster, and redesigned seats for a better combination of sport and comfort.

Dan Jedlicka @ Chicago Sun-Times: I don’t hear there will be much of a change.

So far, I don’t hear there will be much of a change. For one thing, the car has an iconic shape.

Mike Schlee @ Autoguide: I hope for a new, lighter platform.

My hopes for the 2017 Dodge Challenger is for it to finally be built on a new, lighter platform. Hopefully the engineers can cut around 500 lbs from the car model to better compete with the Mustang and Camaro.

But, it still needs to retain the style and presence of the current model as that’s its strongest selling point. I would also hope it retains at least one V8 engine option despite rumors that FCA may be cutting eight-cylinder engines from the manufacturer’s portfolio.

Zeid Nasser @ The College Driver: Updated interior with new materials, and revised instrument panel and gauges.

The Challenger is still in its own market, being a large RWD muscle car that seats four comfortably. Changes to the 2017 Challenger will likely include an updated interior with new materials, a revised instrument panel and gauges. Tech is critical, so an updated Uconnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is coming.Revised exterior styling keeps the Challenger fresh but still classic, and the whole package is rounded out with new wheels. I’m not sure how much more FCA can extract or put into the Challenger power-wise; maybe we can expect some MPG improvements.

Nolan Browning @ The Ignition Blog: 4th generation Uconnect and 2 new high impact colors.

The only changes for 2017 should be a fourth-generation Uconnect update to allow Android Auto and Apple Carplay as well as 2 new high impact colors, unsure of which colors.

Mike Ballaban @ Jalopnik: Maybe Dodge will surprise us all.

I’m not sure there are any major changes planned, though who knows, maybe Dodge will surprise us all.

Malcolm Hogan @ Automotive Addicts: I expect very minor updates.

What I expect in the 2017 Dodge Charger are very minor updates.The styling will remain the same more than likely. Though, there may be the addition of all-wheel-drive for the 392 HEMI trims (AWD already available for (2016) SE and SXT V8 trims).

Additionally, there may be some added colors and seat trim color options added to the lineup as well as added wheel choices. The infotainment system may get a couple of software updates, but nothing drastic.

Vikram Gour @ Motor Scribes: I’d like for the 2017 Dodge Challenger to make its way to India this year!

I haven’t driven a Dodge in over 15 years (ever since I returned from the US back to India)!So, my only real input is that the only change I would like to see for the 2017 Dodge Challenger is that it makes its way to India this year!

Patrick Rall @ Torque News: Minimal changes, as the current platform nears its final years.

I expect the changes for the 2017 model year Challenger to be minimal, as the current platform nears its final years. Challenger sales have started strong this year and I expect them to stay strong, but in past years, Dodge has used special edition packages like the Yellow Jacket to stoke sales among enthusiasts mid-cycle. I expect the 2016 Challenger to carry over relatively untouched, except for the addition of a new special edition paint option or two, and maybe one of these special edition packages.I do not expect any power increases, since none of the competitors have launched their own engines to challenge the likes of the 392 Hemi or the Hellcat.

Finally, there have been rumors that the next gen Challenger could come in the next few years based on a new chassis architecture and if that model was a 2018, we could see a “end of the line” edition for the 2017 Challenger – but that is totally dependent on 2017 being the end of the line.

Marius Marcus @ AutoMotor Blog: Competitive price and interior with better quality materials.

The changes we do expect for the 2017 Dodge Challenger:

  • Competitive price
  • It will hold the design lines of the previous model
  • Interior with better quality materials

Kwame Owusu @ Auto Tribute: Lighter overall and better fuel-efficiency.

Lighter overall weight (the Challenger is the heaviest in its segment), better fuel-efficiency, more tech and safety features, and better overall performance (in a straight line and around the bends).


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