Dodge Will Introduce a New Challenger Soon, Isn't Any Different

... The more things stay the same. If you're feeling a bit blue that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro won't have styling radically different from the current model, you might want to stock up on Prozac before Dodge introduces the 2015 Challenger next month at the New York Auto Show.


The current Dodge Challenger has been on sale since NASA first landed a spacecraft on Mars. So, in other words, it's about as old as old gets in the world of cars.

Rest easy, though. Dodge has a new Challenger that's likely set to debut next month at the 2014 New York Auto Show. But, as a recent spy video from KGP shown above proves, if you're expecting an all-out revolution, you might want to consider looking somewhere else. Like a third world country ruled by a dictatorship (well, okay, maybe not).

Outside, the new Challenger will have a revised front fascia with a split grille similar to what you'd see on a vintage 1971 model flanked by a new set of headlights. Around back, there's a revised set of taillights not horribly unlike the current model's, although you can expect them to look more like something from 2015 and less like something from 1985. Everything between the front and rear is — now, how did you know? — exactly the same as the current car.

It's okay that the exterior isn't changing much, honestly. There's only so many ways you can skin the Challenger's cat and there really wasn't much wrong with the styling to begin with. Inside, though, there are some nice changes taking place.

Gone is the current car's interior that was crafted out of Mega Blocks and finished by someone with a JC Whitney catalog and a case of Beer 30. In its place is a brand new dash that appears to owe a lot to the current Charger sedan. Like the Charger, there appears to be a large piece of stamped metal enveloping everything pertinent to the driver which includes the touch screen for Chrysler's uConnect infotainment system and the instrument cluster. There's also an abundance of stitched leather on the center console.

As far as engines go, no one would blame you if you expected both the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7 liter Hemi V8 to return. Both are likely to be hooked up to Chrysler's ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic, with V8 models having the option of a no nonsense six speed manual. SRT8 models will receive the new Hellcat 6.2 liter Supercharged Hemi V8 that should terrify small children and animals and make grown men weep.

(Photo credit: Dodge, Video credit: KGB photography via YouTube)

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