The current-generation Dodge Challenger might as well be encased in amber, as its last redesign came way back in 2008. Entering its 12th model year, the 2020 Challenger will hit showrooms with a slew of updates but with virtually the same design. Here’s what we expect when to see when this muscle car arrives.
Though it hasn’t been through a redesign since 2008, the Challenger has seen its share of soft-part updates, including restyled front fascias, new taillights, and updated wheels over the years. We expect much of the same from this potent coupe in the coming model year. The 2020 Challenger will arrive with nine new wheel options, including standard 19-inch Satin Carbon rollers on the SXT AWD and GT AWD trims, and standard 20s on the GT RWD grade. Rounding out the exterior updates will be updated badges and three new paint options: Frostbite, Hellraisin, and Sinamon Stick.
Inside, the 2020 Dodge Challenger will continue with the same basic cabin it’s had for over a decade but with a few updates to enhance its look and feel. The two most notable updates will include a premium-stitched dash and upper door panels on all leather-equipped models and new instrument panel badges. Other changes will consist of optional carbon-fiber bezels with the Dynamica suede headliner on V8 models; an optional flat-bottom steering wheel for the GT RWD, R/T, and R/T Scat Pack; and a new Caramel Alcantara color option on GT, R/T, and R/T Scat Pack models.
Powering the 2020 Challenger will be the same crew of engine options, starting with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 in the SXT and GT models. In the R/T trim, this coupe will boast a 375-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Moving into the R/T Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody trims will drop in a 485-hp 392-cubic-inch V8. Opt for one of the wild SRT Hellcat models and get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 717 hp in the standard model or 797 hp in the Hellcat Redeye trim.
These engines will mate with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic in the R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat grades. The SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, and SRT Hellcat Redeye trims will all come standard with the eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive will come standard in all trims other than the SXT AWD and GT AWD, which will come standard with all-wheel drive.
The current Challenger shows its age in IIHS safety testing with “Good” ratings in only the moderate-overlap front and side tests. In the three other crash tests, this performance rig received “Moderate” or “Acceptable” ratings. Advanced safety tech is another sore spot with its optional forward-collision warning system receiving only a “Basic” score in the critical front-crash-prevention test. Automatic emergency braking is not available in the current Challenger. Dodge made no improvements to the 2020 Challenger’s safety equipment, so we expect these ratings to remain the same.