New 2017 Dodge Lineup Highlights Looking Good
So far, 2016 has been an interesting year for Dodge, and things don’t seem to be slowing down. In August, Dodge announced the revival of two iconic Dodge muscle cars, the Challenger T/A and the Charger Daytona, but news is still coming.
Just this week, we’ve learned about Dodge’s August sales increases, that Dodge is ending production on one car, and Dodge released the details on the new 2017 Dodge models. Here’s a recap of all of the big news in 2016.
Earlier this year, Dodge condensed the Dodge Dart lineup into three trims rather than five trims, and just this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) confirmed that production on the Dart will end this month. This is the second time the Dart has been discontinued, the first time being in 1976. The change is a result of FCA’s emphasis on SUVs and pickup trucks.
Another Dodge model chopped from the production lines this year, is the Dodge Viper. As both a commemoration to the Viper’s 25th anniversary and a farewell to the production on the Viper, Dodge released six final special-edition models in June. After the original five special-edition models sold out within days, Dodge added a sixth Viper model.
With the ending production on two models, Dodge can focus on their remaining models and we can see that the 2017 Dodge model lineup will be strong. From the details released on the five remaining 2017 vehicles — a minivan, crossover, SUV and two performance cars — it is clear that Dodge has re-organized their efforts into improving each model.
2017 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger
All of the Dodge model lineups have been tweaked to improve buying experience and efficiency, and the models with the most news are the Challenger and Charger, as both models are fruitful. In comparison to August 2015, the Charger’s August 2016 sales were up 24 percent, and the Challenger’s were up five percent.
In addition to already expanding the Challenger lineup with three Challenger T/A trims and the Charger with two Charger Daytona trims, the Challenger and Charger lineups are continuing to grow and evolve.
Before the Charger and Challenger change to a new and lighter platform in 2018, FCA’s new Giorgio platform, Dodge has increased the Challenger lineup to include two additional models — the all-wheel drive Challenger GT AWD and the wide-body Challenger SRT Hellcat, which will be called the Challenger ARD. More details on the new Challenger ARD and Challenger GT AWD here.
So that’s five new Challenger trims and two new Charger trims, and we haven’t even begun to talk about the upgrades and modifications to the other six 2017 Charger models or ten 2017 Challenger models. Here are some of the 2017 highlights on those models.
- Now the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engines on the Charger and Challenger models will come standard with an Active Exhaust. The exhaust, which was already standard on the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 and 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engines is a 2.75-inch electronically controlled active exhaust system that delivers a more powerful muscle-car sound.
- Signature Houndstooth cloth seats will now be standard on Dodge Challenger SXT, R/T, R/T Shaker and R/T Scat Pack models, and the Dodge Charger SXT and R/T models.
- A new year means new colors. Dodge is adding four new exterior colors to the Charger and Challenger lineup, all-new Green Go (late availability), a revised Yellow Jacket, Destroyer Grey and Octane Red. Additionally, two hues will be renamed as White Knuckle and Contusion Blue.
- The all-new fourth-generation 8.4 Uconnect system that has smartphone integrations will be available on all Charger and Challenger models.
2017 Dodge Durango
The new 2017 Dodge Durango lineup will see some changes, but nothing too drastic as the 2016 model has been successful. As of September 1, the Durango’s 2016 total year-to-date sales are 18 percent higher than last year at the same time.
With the hope to keep the Durango’s sales strong, the Durango lineup will go from five to four models, and the Durango Limited has been replaced with the all-new sportier Durango GT. In 2017, buyers of the Durango SXT will now have the choice of a seven- or five-passenger SUV.
Additionally, an excellent new convenience feature available on Durangos with a rear-mounted camera and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, is the live viewing port of items that are being trailered. This new feature improves a driver’s peace-of-mind and helps them to safely navigate and park.
Finally, buyers will still have a number of packages to customize their Durango. Select Durango trims will be available with the Blacktop Package, Anodized Platinum and Brass Monkey appearance packages.
2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
So far this year, the Dodge Grand Caravan has been selling like hotcakes. A year-to-year comparison between 2015 and 2016, shows that the Grand Caravan’s total year-to-date sales have increased by 68 percent!
To keep things fresh, the Dodge Grand Caravan lineup will be condensed into four trims, rather than six. With this move, Dodge has consolidated more standard features into every model and that doesn’t mean price changes. Now all models will be equipped with more features, like a 6.5-inch screen and backup camera that will be standard on all 2017 Grand Caravan models.
Despite the new features, the 2017 Grand Caravan SE will be priced $1,100 less than the 2016 SE model and the 2017 Grand Caravan SXT will have all of the same standard features, plus added tech features like a remote start as the 2016 Grand Caravan SXT, and it will be priced the same.
2017 Dodge Journey
The Journey is an excellent choice for buyers as it gives them plenty of ways to customize their vehicle. Available choices include the option of a four- or six-cylinder engine, five- or seven-passenger seating and front- or all-wheel drive. In August 2016, the Journey’s sales were up 40 percent in comparison to August 2015.
In 2017, the Journey lineup will consist of five trims and the top-level Journey will be replaced with the Journey GT. The new Journey GT trim will have a high-performance suspension and precise steering feel for sportier handling, a premium six-speaker sound system and 19-inch rims. Buyers will also have the option of 10 colors, including two all-new colors, Spitfire Orange Clear Coat and Rhino Clear Coat.
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