During Stellantis EV Day in 2021, the automaker introduced four battery-electric platforms: STLA Small, Medium, Large, and Frame. It will support the conglomerate’s range of future products from across its brands, with the STLA Large expected to support the next-generation Charger and Challenger models.
Dodge confirmed in July that the next-generation car will run on electricity only. However, the flexibility and modularity of the STLA Large do provide other possibilities. During a recent media scrum, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis revealed that the platform could accommodate gasoline engines, such as the Hurricane inline-six.
Based on Drive, Kuniskis says it is possible to remove floor panels and electric vehicle batteries and replace them with drive shaft tunnels. Dodge designed the architecture as a “multi-energy platform,” which apparently includes an internal combustion engine. However, just because Dodge can’t mean it will. “We certainly didn’t launch anything like that,” added the Dodge boss.
Today, Dodge honors the last-generation gas-powered Charger and Challenger models when it unveiled the updated Charger Daytona SRT concept at this year’s SEMA Show. The new car is named Stryker Red, thanks to the tri-coat exterior paint of the same name. The concept features 18-inch carbon fiber wheels with 305 millimeters of radial drag wrapped around them and “Stage 2” badges inside and out.
Along with the concept, Dodge also provided the first performance figures for an EV. The car has six different outputs for the 400-volt model, ranging from the entry-level 455-horsepower (340-kilowatt) option to a powerful 670 hp (500 kW). The 800-volt car will have three additional outputs with more power than the evil-named Banshee powertrain.
Dodge plans to end production of the current Charger and Challenger in December 2023, and has opened an order book for its Last Call models. It remains unclear whether the Charger Daytona SRT concept is a near-production preview of a future product or something more abstract. Regardless, Dodge is planning for an electrified future, even if the platform can accommodate different types of powertrains. These concepts likely see what’s to come, and Dodge makes a great case for fans to believe in it.