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2018 Widebody Challenger, Trackhawk production details clarified

by Patrick Rall on

After numerous reports from prospective buyers being told that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk would be available in limited numbers for one year only, we reached out to FCA for clarification. As we expected, we were able to confirm that at no point has FCA stated that the Widebody Hellcat or the Trackhawk be restricted to one model year – nor has the company ever stated and production volume limit for either 707-horsepower machine.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk both hit the market late last year. As dealerships have gotten these new 707-horsepower Mopar muscle machines in stock, salespeople have gotten to work on moving these high-priced performance models. In some cases, those salespeople are telling potential buyers that the Widebody Hellcat Challenger and the Jeep Trackhawk are only going to be offered for 2018. Also, some salespeople are telling customers that the Widebody Hellcat and Trackhawk are being built in limited numbers for this one model year.

FCA: Not True

We didn’t think that this was true, so we spoke with some of our friends at FCA about the future of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

As is almost always the case, our contacts couldn’t talk about future production plans at this point, but they did confirm that at no point has the company stated either of those rumored production limitations on the Widebody Hellcat Challenger or the Trackhawk. FCA has never said that they would be 2018-only, nor has there ever been any official production volume limit announced for either of those two vehicles.

In fact, multiple members of the Jeep team have stated that they will build as many Trackhawks as they could sell. That exact comment hasn’t been made about the Widebody Hellcat Challenger, but the company did state that they planned to build as many of the original Hellcat cars as they could sell.

Our contacts did point out that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will only be offered for 2018 and that only 3,300 units will be built for that one model year (3,000 for the US, 300 for Canada), but they have made no such limitations on the Widebody Hellcat Challenger or the supercharged Jeep Trackhawk.

No Guarantees for 2019

Just to be clear, in stating that the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk have not been announced as 2018-only-models, that does not guarantee that these models will be offered for 2019. The reception for both models seems to be strong enough that these packages should carry on into the next model year, but while the company has not said that the Widebody and Trackhawk are 2018-only, they also have not and will not say whether they will be offered for 2019.

That being said, my safe money says that both the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody will be offered for the 2019 model year, but with new generations of the Grand Cherokee and Challenger expected in the coming years – we don’t know how long these high performance models will exist.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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