Next-Generation Dodge Challenger to Adopt Hybrid Alternative Powertrain

Dodge Challenger | Yukon, OK

A living legend in the world of muscle cars, the next-generation Dodge Challenger will take a bold step as it gets a hybrid alternative powertrain, ushering in a new era of muscle car performance.

The Dodge Challenger has virtually always been synonymous with jaw-dropping horsepower and potent HEMI engines. But as consumer demands shift from gas-guzzling high-performance engines toward more efficient and environmentally sustainable options, the Challenger is faced with the question of how to stay true to its roots while adapting to an ever-shifting automotive world.

Some muscle-car enthusiasts might contend that you can’t have the Dodge Challenger without a massive internal-combustion engine, and point out that the Challenger has remained a popular car in the face of declining car sales in the overall market and a shift toward electric and hybrid powertrain technologies.

Still, as Fiat Chrysler CEO Michael Manley has noted, even given the popularity of the current Dodge Challenger, “the reality is those platforms — and that technology we used — does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s.”

Manley also notes that skeptics should remember that hybrid powertrain technologies drastically reduce overall vehicle weight, allowing us to think about things like horsepower in a different way.

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Car Name Meanings in Dodge’s Lineup

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The Exciting Dodge Lineup

Ever wondered where car name meanings come from? Here at Westpointe CDJR, we’ve decided to answer some of those questions about Dodge’s model lineup.

Challenger

In the 1970s, when the Challenger name first appeared on the market, it came into the ring to take down its competitors – the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The three rivals remain at odds still today, but the Dodge Challenger stands as a reminder that someone else might come in swinging at any time.

Charger

The word “charger” can be used to refer to a horse that has been formally trained for battle. Several vehicles have been named the Charger, but the current one charged back into the market after a nearly 20-year disappearance.

Durango

This one’s named after a location – specifically, a city in Colorado. Originally, the vehicle was called the Chrysler Aspen, which is another city in Colorado, but the name was switched to the Durango as you know it today.

Hellcat

Named after an American fighter aircraft in World War II, the Grumman F6F Hellcat, the Hellcat name refers not to a specific vehicle, but to certain models of vehicles that contain Dodge’s most powerful engines.

Viper

This one’s a little more obvious; a viper is a type of venomous snake. However, when it was being developed, the Dodge Viper was largely influenced by the Ford Cobra, so the name is also a homage to its inspiration.

Check out any of these car name meanings in person at Westpointe CDJR near Oklahoma City, OK to see if they fulfill their cool names (they do!).