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Hemi cars to end after 2019?

by David Zatz on

Numerous sources have told Allpar that Chrysler and Dodge will stop making V8-powered sedans and coupes after 2019.

In place of big V8s, Chrysler is likely to produce turbocharged and/or supercharged Pentastar V6 engines running at various power levels, up to and past 400 horsepower — as Maserati and Cadillac do today.

There has been no official word, and rumors have been known to be wrong, partly because plans change.

Hemi engine with ZF HP8 8-speed transmission

The rationale was likely:

  • The next large cars are likely to share a platform with Alfa Romeo, which did not plan for V8s. Changing the cars would throw off their balance and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, while  pushing back the launch timeline — even as large car sales are falling industry-wide.
  • Emissions standards are rising, and the Hemi’s design is not ideal for some requirements (such as NOx emissions).
  • Fuel economy standards are rising, and forced-induction engines may be less expensive than creating a new V8 (though the Pentastar was engineered to allow for a 4.7 liter V8 variant.)
  • The industry’s move to turbo sixes could also brand Chrysler as a low-tech throwback if they stay where they are.
  • Fuel prices are likely to stay low for the next five to ten years, but any change could hurt sales.

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Ford and GM have reportedly both started to phase out their V8s, and Ford has successfully weaned many truck buyers from V8s to turbo sixes. Rumor does not have trucks losing V8s, only the three cars that have them now. Grand Cherokee, Durango, and Wagoneer were not mentioned by our sources.

The move could be temporary. Chrysler dropped its last V8-powered car in 1989, only to come back with the Hemi-powered 300C and Magnum in model-year 2005.

If true, this rumor sets the time for the Charger/Challenger/300 car replacement at 2020.

See the discussion in the Allpar forums. Allpar sources had provided similar information earlier. This is unrelated to any rumors regarding Jeep Trackhawk engines. 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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