This Is The New Dodge Charger

3 months ago - 15 January 2024, Motor1
This Is The New Dodge Charger
Photos from Dodge give us a clear look at the next-generation Charger, and the Daytona name is confirmed.

Added an additional photo showing the rear of the car, confirming this is a Charger Daytona EV.

Dodge just dropped something of a surprise on us. In a post on social media, the automaker shows several photos of a new car. With the images comes a simple message: No cameras or recording devices permitted. Pre-production model shown. Available late 2024.

So what are we looking at here? Dodge confirmed with us that these are next-generation Dodge Charger images, shown here in pre-production form without a stitch of camouflage. In fact, the images show a tiny bit of camo being removed, but alas, we don't get an absolutely clear look at the entire car. Between odd angles, shadows, and a chain link fence, something is obscured. But still, here's the new Charger before you're supposed to see it. Though Dodge shared these photos, so actually, you are supposed to see it.

From what we can see, the overall lines of the concept are perhaps just a bit subdued for the production model but much of what we saw in 2022 carries over. The roof appears a bit taller, and there are standard side mirrors on the doors. Here's a look at the concept for comparison.

We dropped one of the images into Photoshop for some extra light, and even the lower fascia looks quite similar with vertical vents at the corners flanking a larger opening in the middle.

Meanwhile on Instagram, Dodge shared a single photo of the rear of the car, and it's arguably the most important shot of them all. An electric Charger is already confirmed, and now, we see the Daytona name is also confirmed. There's no missing the embossed Daytona script on the rear fascia, and we don't see any visible exhaust outlets so this should be an electric Charger Daytona.

But this photo could have larger implications for a combustion Charger, too. Rumors persist of a twin-turbocharged I6 version accompanying the electric model. That report was bundled with word that the EV will have Charger Daytona branding, with the combustion version being Charger. Now, part of that report is confirmed. And our last conversation with Dodge about combustion-engine rumors ended with a no comment versus an outright denial, so take that as you will.

There's also no missing the Fratzog badge in the upper grille, a symbol that will likely adorn EVs to represent Dodge's "Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust" setup designed to give its otherwise silent cars a muscle car mimicking rumble. The hood also appears to have a similar drop to the concept, with the panel above the thin grille actually serving as something of a spoiler, channeling air above and below it over the hood.

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