Car could lose approximately 460 pounds.

The Dodge Charger has been riding on the same platform for nearly a decade ago but a new report is indicating the next-generation model will be a major improvement over the current car.

According to sources who spoke to Automotive News, the next-generation Charger will ride on an extended version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia.  The car is expected to remain about the same size as its predecessor but adopt sporty styling reminiscent of the 1999 Charger concept.

The platform change will pay huge dividends are sources are indicating the model could lose approximately 460 pounds.  This could bring the Charger's curb weight down to roughly 3,500 pounds.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but the model will reportedly be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Hurricane engine.  The engine will debut in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and is expected to produce approximately 300 horsepower.

Dodge's five-year plan originally called for the company to introduce the redesigned Charger in 2018.  However, sources are now indicating the company is planning at least one more facelift for the current model. The facelift is expected to be unveiled for the 2019 model year so the next-generation Charger will likely debut a few years later.

Source: Automotive News

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