Could Dodge be ready to run with a new wagon in the future? Automotive News chatted with SRT president Ralph Gilles, an unapologetic fan of the now-defunct Magnum. Gilles revealed that one unnamed Chrysler exec, now retired, was responsible for killing off the car, and that other Magnum aficionados are now coming out of the woodwork within the company.

Gilles didn't go so far as to announce that a future Magnum has been given the green light inside the company, but told Automotive News to "stay tuned" and that "great things are coming."

Hopefully, this means another muscle wagon is in the works. Early rumors that the Magnum nameplate would be used on Dodge's big new crossover never panned out; it hit showrooms as the Durango.

Our take? Revive the Dodge Magnum! If the new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are any indication, it'd be excellent ride, especially when Ralph Gilles and his SRT speed freaks get around to stuffing that 392 Hemi underhood. After all, the practical hoons among us deserve some love, too.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm starting to like Ralph a little bit more. He's one of the few auto execs who is also a car guy, therefore he knows what enthusiasts want.
      mofoninja
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 SRT8 Magnum and will never part with it for three reasons. 1. Love it. Best all-around car I've owned. 2. Resale value is in the crapper. 3. I've modded the hell out of it. Part of me doesn't want it to come back as it's limited run makes a bit more special... But, I'm not hatin. I'd love to see what they'd do. They better not just take the 300 and turn it into a wagon. It needs it's own identity.
      MastrCake
      • 3 Years Ago
      The magnum, IMO, always had the makings of a great car. It ushered in a new era of HEMI powered RWD Sedans and wagons. Its shape was unmistakable and muscular. However, the interior was never really up to the job, and it lost to Dr Z's ugly stick right before it died. Now that Dodge is making a good product, a revival is in order.
      AliasOther
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Drive a Magnum SXT. I dare anyone one to find another wagon like it. Volvo, Cadillac, Acura, and anyone else you can name does not make ANYTHING close. I wish they would do it or make a 300c Wagon. 1. It holds more than most crossovers even without letting the seat down. 2. Its better on gas. 3. The interior is sporty with a luxury feel. 4. NO PRODUCTION WAGON MADE ON EARTH has more interior room. NONE, ZERO, NOT ONE 5. At 6'3 i have never had to move the seat completely back to drive comfortably. My 6'8 cousin has in his magnum but it is still comfortable to him. 6. NOTHING LOOK LIKE IT. Its even hard to call it a wagon thought it is. It looks like a serious muscle car. 7. The Magnum sells like hell in the southeastern USA. 8. Its the perfect compromise between a car and a SUV. (which is how it should be marketed) Its sorta like a Durango because its like a Charger, just completely different than both. There was little to no marketing done for the magnum and it still sold well. From what i hear it was canned not because it didn't sell in its CLASS. It was canned because it didn't sell as much as the charger. Thats like comparing sells of Honda Accords to Sells of the Yukon. In its class as a wagon it could easily be the #1 Wagon in america. I would prefer to refurbish my Magnum for 10-15k than to buy another NEW car for 25k. I like it just that much. However if they just make a new one i would buy it at nearly ANY price.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AliasOther
        A wagon like it would be the RS4 Avant. Both discontinued, and making around 420hp. The Audi has a better interior though. The Magnum was still great at any rate, but it needs work to beat the CTS-V as the best American wagon. Can I hear a factory supercharged 6.4 HEMI?
          GearheadGeek
          • 3 Years Ago
          @QAZZY
          The Magnum was *WAY* bigger than an A4 Avant. I haven't looked up the numbers, but I'd be surprised if it's not somewhat bigger than an A6 Avant.
      Allen Aventador
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love the magnum. i hope it returns, i seriously think it has potential.
      Paulo Mabira
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the magnum should be returned but not immediately. Maybe when the 8 spd autos are introduced it would be in a better position to return.
      Emilio
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be Awesome!!!!! If Gille would read all of what the bloggers have been saying on all the other websites, he would be amazed. People are wanting Chrysler to bring back the Wagon beast. Especially with the upgrades of the interiors we've witnessed with the New Chrysler. I hope we see a drawing of some sort in about a year. Ralph, it is in you hands, Literally...
      Emilio
      • 3 Years Ago
      @marcosc, Yea right huh. The millions of jobs and the American Brands that it saved. What a waste.... Shut the F_ck up dude. What are you even blogging on this website for? Shouldn't you be on one thats titled iHopeAmericaFails.com?
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the SRT wagon :)
      cigmur
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see the Magnum return with a retractable tail gate window and a fuel efficent V6 and better rear visability.
      aytoncontext
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please DO! and a MANUAL THREE PEDAL OPTION!
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love mine, its been a great car to haul stuff around without having to get an SUV, CUV, truck, as i fit so much stuff in back, even a mattress, as well as towing a race car. its also been a great road trip vehicle in comfort, economy (for a V8), power, and versatility (can sleep in the back if you have to). i have never had a problem with mine, and the dodge dealer i go to has been really cool. I have really enjoyed this car for the past 4 years.
        Den in IN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stecki3d
        I have loved mine for the last 130,000 miles and its high time for a new one. its been the nearly perfect combination of family car and versatile hauler. Other than the new Grand Cherokee (Durango is too long for my garage) there isn't anything out there that comes close without being far beyond 50K. Can't express how good a new production run of them would be for me.
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