• Apr 17, 2010
One good way to hide the next Dodge Charger from spy photographers is to keep it out of the usual venues. Perhaps that's why it's been spotted again testing in Europe wearing heavy camouflage. We've seen this car (and its interior) in roughly the same state of dress before, but not in Europe.

With Fiat's heavy stake in Chrysler, it's even a bit more logical to find a Dodge under development on The Continent. Head-scratching aside, what's in store? Nothing radical, it would appear. The biggest changes are likely to be to the grille and lamp clusters, with the former growing in size, and the latter getting an infusion of LEDs. The basic shape under all that black cloth is the familiar LX-car form. Bodyside surface detailing is hidden, though there are rumors of some cues being exhumed from the 1960s Chargers. We'll have to wait until the wraps come off before we confirm or deny the new retro themes.


[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      THE Europe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Assuming the camo isn't blocking EVERYTHING, it looks as if there's a beltline change. it seems that the kick-up to the rear end is smooth front to back, instead of the current kick-up aft of the rear doors. Otherwise, not a whiole lot going on here.

      **Yawn**
        • 4 Years Ago
        Twit? Me? have you ever gone back and read any of YOUR assesnine comments lately?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Otherwise, not a whiole lot going on here""




        Right...other than a new engine, new body, and new interior. Twit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Twit? Me? have you ever gone back and read any of YOUR assesnine comments lately?""



        LOL, hey Twit, you misspelled asinine.


        Asinine:
        1 : extremely or utterly foolish 2 : of, relating to, or resembling an ass. 3 : a Hyundai-KIA fanboy. synonyms see simple. — as·i·nine·ly adverb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this car is going to be a fail just like the challenger( as far as sales go). They made it retro ( same rear end as challenger...the full across tail lamps), and from the spy shots..a not so good interior( as far as dashboard goes). From the camo, I think this car looks ugly but I'll have to wait for them to take it off to judge. I don't think Gilles understands that there is a very small market for people that want really retro cars from dodge. The Challenger...yes there's a demand...but small. The charger, a 4 door family sedan...won't likely pickup much better sales. However, there is always hope in me that Sergio told them to re-do the charger too and its just the old models exterior design running around and they will surprise us with an awesome looking charger. I think the 2010 Charger SRT looks badass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its in Europe because the Charger, Challenger and new Viper are going to be sold there as Dodges next year.

      The Nitro and Journey will be sold as Fiats. Dodge = Performance now and Fiat is making sure of it.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The new charger might actually do pretty well in Europe, as a niche car, to appeal to those europeans who have the money to drive a large rear-wheel drive V6 car and want something unique. Motor Trend took the massive V8 challenger on a european roadtrip and the car was a huge hit everywhere it went.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, well, they're going to *try* to sell them in Europe... I'm not sure why they would use a lot of money on testing them in Europe.

        I don't know if you are aware of how badly those brands do in Europe... And FIAT is not that great either [outside of Italy].

        It doesn't make sense to waste a lot of money, especially now, on a "relaunch" of brands FIAT knowns are dead in the water [in Europe].

        Not only are the brands themselves too "unknown" [in a crowded market] but the *designs* are utterly wrong for European consumers. They're too alien and not made for European tastes [at least according to this European].
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to see what the new Challenger looks like! :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Memo to Chrysler muscle is dead, fitting oversize engines into poorly designed cars is not strategy for survival people might have gullible enough to buy those 80s. But not any more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugly
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is clear that you can't really comment on the styling since like 80% of it is covered up

      ... BUT the car looks HUGE.

      Like even bigger than the current models.
      Obviously it is hard to judge scale from a photo, and supposed this new revised platform is a few inches shorter, but visually it doesn't look smaller and that's not a good thing.

      I do hope that this car (and it's Chrysler cousin) redefine the segment with a really stylish design and great interior - basically something totally out of left-field like Chrysler has done time and again when it's back was against the wall. But unfortunately I simply find that hard to believe it will happen this time. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem as I see it is that Chrysler's "out of left field" is actually just a one-trick pony. They pull a "retro" every time. PT Cruiser, this car, very squared-off Jeeps, etc... For once I'd like to see them do a "forward", as opposed to a "retro". The "retro" fad is over, for now. Nostalgia, by definition, does not a future make. Chrysler needs to move on and move forward ... and fast!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was not talking about the PT Cruiser of any other retro designs that Chrysler has brought out. And truthfully the PT is really not a retro design.

        I was talking about some of the break-out designs that kept the company going when it was at the brink of bankruptcy. Like the K-cars and minivan of the 80s. Or the LH- and JA-cars and Dodge Ram of the 90s that blew the industry away. Each of these vehicles were an order of magnitude better vehicles than the ones they replaced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see the typical Dodge haters/spammers are out full force!
      Fuel economy not respectable???? Show many any car of the Chargers size and with a V8 that gets better fuel economy? People can say all they want about Chrysler but MOST of there cars and trucks look,work and last as good as most anything else out there!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, yeah they work as long as you keep sticking money into them but seeing as this guy is most likely is affiliated with dodge trying to do damage control, only legitimate reason I can see someone actually defending them, he would never tell you that. I also seriously hope they don't sell that in Europe, it will only help reinstate the notion that American cars are hideous junk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Haha, yeah they work as long as you keep sticking money into them but seeing as this guy is most likely is affiliated with dodge trying to do damage control, only legitimate reason I can see someone actually defending them""



        Another Hyundai-KIA ad agency troll.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Disagree: Most Chryslers look the same, because they are the same car, badge-engineered to death. Secondly, the interiors are ugly and cheapest of the cheap. Third, they are extremely fuel-inefficient. Four, they are heavy. Five: They are over-priced for what you get, which isn't as good as the competition Six: the company is a shambles, and has yet to prove otherwise -- a BAD, risky investment/proposition.

        The old look did not serve Chrysler well the past few years. Their only hope is a complete reinvention of themselves. If that means selling Fiats and rebadged Fiats, then so be it. The longer they continue to sell Dodge Magnum look-alikes like this, the longer I won't give them a moment's consideration. I hated this look in the 70's (i.e. "Dodge Duster-look"); I hated the recapitulation of that look in the past 10 years, and I wish it would go away for good. Some "old styles" are worth reinventing (e.g. MINI Cooper), and some should be left in the dustbins of history. In my opinion, this White Trashmobile belongs in the past. In any case, this car will not be the salvation of Chrysler no matter how good it is -- mark my words. It's a niche car for wistful baby boomers who have lots of money -- and no one else. That's a small, and ever-shrinking chunk of the market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a very bad feeling about this car. I feel sad for chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They NEED to get this one right. *crosses fingers*
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's the best looking charger I've seen yet! Hope that is the only paint option!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They need to cancel this ugly pointless throwback and cut their losses. This is a niche car, and that niche being people with poor taste
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Poopy

        Wow. Way to show it, jerk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just love how all these "experts" that post replies on blog sites come out of the woods to bash a car's looks, quality, and driving dynamics when nobody has seen the exterior, sat in the car, or let alone driven the damn thing.

      Good job guys.
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