The Dodge Challenger hasn’t been fully redesigned since the 2008 model year, but that’s not expected to change anytime soon. Despite entering its 15th model year on sale without a full update, we expect the 2022 Dodge Challenger to be a carryover model.
Dodge has made little changes sporadically to help keep the Challenger fresh despite its age. When the two-door coupe arrived on sale in 2008, the high-performance sports car arrived with a retro design and modern touches. Massive hood scoops, a chunky front bumper, tall fenders, and four round headlights give the current Challenger a look of its own. The squared-off rear end has large exhaust pipes and rectangular taillights. As a carryover model, we expect the 2022 Dodge Challenger to retain the same overall design as the current model.
As a carryover model, the 2022 Challenger will offer the same spacious interior and overall interior design as the current coupe that’s on sale. The current Challenger has a simple design with a slightly angled dashboard and center console that makes the shift knob and touchscreen easier to reach. The chunky steering wheel and comfortable seats help the Challenger feel like an old-school muscle car, while its spacious rear seats are a distinct trait for the model.
Standard tech features on the current Challenger include a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, six audio speakers, and Bluetooth as standard. Options include an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and navigation. These features should carry over unchanged for the 2022 model year.
We expect Dodge to continue to offer a wide range of powertrains with the 2022 Challenger. The standard engine in the current Challenger is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 303 horsepower. Above that, there are five available V8 engines. The first V8 is a 5.7-liter unit that makes 372 hp. The next step up is a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 485 hp. Then, there are the three supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engines. Three available outputs include 717 hp, 797 hp, and 807 hp. All-wheel drive is only available with the standard V6 engine. Most engines are paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic.
On the safety front, the only standard feature on the current Challenger is a rearview camera. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors. The IIHS hasn’t completed its testing on the current Challenger yet, but the vehicle didn’t fare well in three tests. The NHTSA gave the coupe a five-star overall safety rating. These features and test ratings are expected to remain the same for the 2022 Dodge Challenger.