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2017 FiatChrysler: more Dodge muscle, fewer Fiat models

  • Magazine Article
  • 16AUTP09_13
Published September 01, 2016 by SAE International in United States
  • English

At a mid-summer media program to reveal its 2017 model lineup, nobody from FiatChrysler Automobiles said anything about some fizzy rumors speculating the company might have engineered a power boost for the already outlandish 707-hp generated by its supercharged 6.4-L “Hellcat” V8. There's no new power for the thunderous V8, but FCA's 2017 lineup does include some Hellcat-inspired niche models, continued expansion of the popular Jeep range and a consolidation of the Fiat small-car line as U.S. buyers continue to veer toward crossovers and pickups.

The Dodge brand, FCA's musclecar specialist, has two special throwback models for 2017: the Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, both harking to the golden-era originals with special graphics, chassis upgrades and, of course, bawdy V8s-while also paying homage to the modern-classic Hellcat models by borrowing some of their “functional performance styling.”