Lighting the Way to 2014 with American Muscle: the Future of Dodge

6 Mar

While we can’t give you a crystal ball to see into the rest of the year, we’ve come across some very exciting predictions for Dodge in 2014…  and if the predictions are true, American muscle is really about to flex!

Large cars: Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, etc

With thanks to source Mopar392. All the large cars get the seven-inch configurable dashboard first seen on Dart and Ram 1500; a new steering wheel design that makes playing with the dashboard easier; UConnect 2 with the 8.4 inch central screen; and eight-speed automatics across the board. They also all get new headlights with integrated daytime running lights (e.g. bright LEDs that remain on, unless the driver overrides them).

2014 Dodge Charger

2014 Dodge Charger

For Hemi cars (and new to Challenger V6), a standard eight-speed automatic will increase both gas mileage and acceleration; it will be used on the standard, 6.4 (392) SRT8, and supercharged 6.2 “Hellcat” SRT8 engines.

Dodge Challenger moves to its new LA platform, nearly the same size but with numerous updates to allow for production flexibility and new automatics and electronics. Chrysler considers this a “refresh,” but in many ways it’s a new car. The front and rear will be revised; the interior will be overhauled; and of course the HellCat 6.2 supercharged Hemi and eight-speed transmission will be included. The SRT 392 will be differentiated from the 6.2 by wheels, badges, and perhaps a different hood. This might end up as part of the 2015 model year.

Dodge Charger gets the same changes as the other cars; the SRT8 version gets the Hellcat supercharged Hemi. The wheel shown on Charger Juiced might be launched on HellCat equipped cars, and a heat extracting hood might be used with HellCat.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8

The Alfa Romeo 169, based on the 300C or Charger, will appear around 2015.

One source, Mopar392, said that the Charger and 300 would become a modified Maserati Ghibli, with parts swapped as needed to reduce the cost; he described the Ghibli as being an LX with all the Mercedes “stuff” tossed out so it could have a true Maserati feel.

Ram Pickups and Chassis Cabs:   DS Ram 1500 • D2/DJ Ram HD • DD/DP Chassis Cabs

For 2014, Rams get better gas mileage than they did in 2012: the 2013 Ram 1500 came with stop/start technology and eight-speed automatics with both the V6 and Hemi, along with a tough, lightweight ZF axle. A plug-in hybrid was developed and held back in case of higher gas prices. (See the 2013 Ram 1500 page and the 2014 Ram HD (2500/3500) page).

A 6.4 Hemi option arrives for the Ram heavy duty trucks (the first time an SRT size engine is available for a non-SRT car), along with a new Aisin transmission to compete with the GM’s Allisons. Heavy duty Ram pickups get an optional air suspension setup, more rugged than the one in the Grand Cherokee. The Long Hauler concept used a Kelderman air suspension in front and rear, for higher capacity with a smoother ride; that model was based on the Ram 5500. The Long Hauler joins the lineup for 2014 at last.

2014 Dodge Ram

2014 Dodge Ram

Other cars

Viper continues, and for 2014, a new Competition Coupe is released based on tuning done at tracks around the world.

  • Dodge Avenger has a very short 2014 model year, with production stopping around January-February 2014.
  • Dodge Charger is refreshed, essentially getting the same upgrades as Chrysler 300C (see above). There may be a supercharged Hemi in SRT versions.
  • Dodge Dart gains all wheel drive. The R/T may or may not appear, using a turbocharged 2.4 liter engine.
  • Dodge Journey continues for another year.

While all this can still neither be confirmed nor denied, Dodgeland of Columbia will remain your source for all the latest, from the trim levels to the lease specials!


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