The automotive rumormill has been working at a frenetic tempo ever since photos of what is considered the upcoming Dodge Charger Daytona body-in-white hit the web every week or so in the past. Once we initially posted the photographs, which had been uploaded to numerous social media channels and net boards, we took fast observe of the presence of an unmistakable transmission tunnel. We puzzled out loud (nearly, not less than) “if there have been some modifications to battery and part structure, or if that is to permit for an internal-combustion powertrain choice early on.”
Properly, if you happen to consider a report from “a supply related to a provider with firsthand data of Dodge’s manufacturing plans” who reportedly “agreed to talk about the next-gen Charger program in alternate for anonymity” to The Drive, that transmission tunnel is for — you guessed it! — a transmission. An upcoming and up to date model of the eight-speed computerized at the moment in use in any variety of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram autos, to be particular, hooked as much as the Hurricane-branded inline-six-cylinder engine that debuted beneath the hood of the Jeep Wagoneer. That engine is destined to switch the Hemi-branded V8 engines which have admirably served throughout the Stellantis portfolio for almost so long as anybody can bear in mind.
Here is the place issues get tough. There’s really zero purpose to be shocked that there is a transmission tunnel buried contained in the Dodge Charger Daytona. Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis principally stated there can be a transmission tunnel a 12 months in the past. “I have been very clear that our subsequent vehicles are constructed on the STLA Giant platform, and the STLA Giant is a multi-energy platform,” he stated. He additional bolstered the purpose, including, “I can put an ICE engine in there. Doesn’t suggest we will. We’re actually not launching with something like that.”
Eradicating all additional doubt concerning the matter, Kuniskis concluded, “We’re launching with full battery-electric and we expect that by the point we get to that time the providing we will have goes to be actually enticing within the market. If some day we wish to add ICE to that automotive, may we? It’s very [possible], however perhaps we’ll by no means get there.”
Is there any strategy to reconcile the data anonymously supplied to The Drive with the statements made earlier by Dodge honchos? Positive. It is solely doable that we do not know all of the autos, or the names of these autos, that will probably be constructed atop the STLA Giant platform. Will a type of potential future autos share area with a totally electrical Charger Daytona in Dodge dealerships? It is actually doable. It may even be a Charger of some kind, or a Challenger. Dodge likes to carry again superior names from its historic catalog, which has us salivating on the concept of a Barracuda (or ‘Cuda?) and even one other Demon powered by a high-output model of Dodge’s inline-six engine. Perhaps whilst a plug-in hybrid. Who is aware of?
For now, we will take Kuniskis at his phrase and anticipate the manufacturing model of the Charger Daytona SRT idea to be supplied solely with batteries and electrical motors. It is apparent that the STLA Giant platform has been engineered with plans for inside combustion. We’re positive we’ll see some Hurricane fire-breathers and exhaust belchers in numerous types sooner or later, however whether or not these autos take the type of coupes, sedans, crossovers, SUVs or vehicles stays to be seen.