Dodge to Phase Out Charger, Challenger by 2024
Nov. 24, 2021—Dodge on Tuesday announced it will cease production of its current muscle cars, the Challenger and the Charger, within the next two years.
According to an interview with Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis in MotorTrend, the brand most known for its ridiculously overpowered muscle will replace the two sport icons with "new cars on new platforms."
Though their replacements have not yet been unveiled, Kuniskis said the company will unveil its first EV muscle concept early in 2022, will begin production on a plug hybrid at the end of the same year and will completely end production on the current muscle lineup in 2024.
Kuniskis said the difference in reaction has been stark, with EV enthusiasts applauding the move while those who are against it have had viscerally negative reactions.
"I'm juggling knives because I've gotta keep two different huge factions happy because at some point those two factions will converge," Kuniskis told MotorTrend. "The problem is no one knows when they will converge. My job is to provide confidence, over the next 24 months, that we're going to do this."