Everyone is having a say as to when they think the next-generation of the Dodge Charger and Challenger could be arriving on the market. We likely won’t see any new models until at least 2023 but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles design boss Ralph Gilles has got tongues wagging after posting an image on his Instagram account of a sketch of a future Dodge product. Could it be a Charger a Challenger or neither?
Clearly, the image looks quite a long way from being a production model of anything but it is still pretty interesting. Is this what muscle cars of the future will look like? Who knows.
On his post, Gilles wrote, "We are still having virtual design reviews while we self isolate & work from home... While we are NEVER to show future product on social media I have made an exception this time as this experimental design of a #Dodge of the future fell on the cutting room floor...because the designer decided to make the yellow spoiler guards a permanent part of the theme. We had a really good laugh about it though! #fcadesign"
The references to the yellow splitter guards is a cheeky dig at some owners who prefer to leave them on their cars because they like the look of them. Dodge says they can ruin the paint underneath and recommends they are removed (they are placed there to keep the corners from getting damaged while the cars are shipped in containers). They even changed the colour to pink in a bid to put owners off from keeping them on their cars. Gilles does not want to see these yellow or any coloured spoiler guards on any future Dodge models or like he says in his post, the design of a future car will be left on the cutting room floor!
The sketch of what appears to be a coupe has its entire front fascia painted black and shares very little cues with the current Dodge design theme. For instance, it has ultra-thin LED headlights which makes a stark change from the round headlights on the Challenger or the bigger units of the Charger. The grille is little more than a gap, and there's a big air vent right below it. It even has a glass roof and large wheels which stick out of the wheel arches. Mark Trostle, Dodge's head of design, has stated before that the retro lines for the Charger and Challenger are here to stay, so maybe it isn’t worth paying too much attention to this sketch. Or maybe there is...