The AWD-fitted Challenger is going to return 21 miles per gallon in the combined cycle.
Dodge and Mopar unveiled the Challenger GT AWD concept pictured here at last year’s SEMA, but that was just a one-off concept not destined to hit the assembly line. The good news is an all-paw version of the muscle car is on the horizon, and now the Environmental Protection Agency has inadvertently confirmed the rumors of a grippy road-going Challenger.
Listed on the FuelEconomy.gov website are all the fuel economy numbers for the Challenger GT, which will do 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for a combined 21 mpg. Power is going to be provided by a 3.6-liter V6 sending output to both axles through an eight-speed automatic transmission. For the sake of comparison, the rear-wheel drive version of the V6 Challenger is thriftier by managing to return an extra 2 mpg in the combined cycle.
The Dodge Challenger GT with AWD is expected to debut later this fall, with a Hellcat-powered version said to arrive at some point in 2017. The latter will receive the mighty supercharged 6.2-liter V8 beast, which will also find its way underneath the hood of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It’s unclear at this point whether the Challenger in the Hellcat AWD guise and the powered-up Grand Cherokee will be blessed with the full 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts) and 605 pound-feet (820 Newton-meters) of torque available in the Challenger and Charger Hellcats.
When it will arrive, the AWD Challenger Hellcat will obviously be thirstier than its RWD counterpart rated by EPA at 16 mpg in the combined cycle regardless of whether it has the eight-speed automatic or the six-speed manual.
It remains to be seen when Dodge will introduce the V6 Challenger GT, but since the FuelEconomy.gov website has it listed as a 2017 model year, it probably means an official reveal will occur soon.