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April Fools Reality Check: Hellcat Journey, Jeep Sedan, Challenger Ghoul

by Patrick Rall on

While we tend to shy away from fake news stories, there have been a handful of discussions going around social media today which had led to our getting a bunch of questions. This includes a Hellcat-powered Dodge Journey, a Jeep sedan based on the Chrysler 300 and a hotter version of the Challenger Demon called the Ghoul – none of which are any more than jokes that some people aren’t getting.

 

Hellcat Journey

Early this morning, the official Dodge Facebook page shared the picture at the top of this article, discussing the Hellcat-powered Journey. Well, technically if is a GIF file, with the smoke rising from the rear tires, but for those who weren’t sure, this is also an April Fool’s Day joke. We are quite confident that there is no rear-drive, Hellcat-powered Journey on the way.

The Jeep Sedan

Finally, we don’t know where this picture originated, as it doesn’t seem to be on the official Jeep page, but it has been all over Facebook today. It shows the front end of the newest Jeep Cherokee stretched to fit the body lines of a Chrysler 300 sedan.

Honestly, it doesn’t look too bad, but Jeep doesn’t have any plans to begin offering sedans anytime soon, so those folks who fell in love with the odd vehicle shown below will have to pay a shop to custom build one.

Challenger Ghoul

Finally, we have a story that has been going around Facebook, supported by the folks at CarBuzz, claiming that there is a Dodge Challenger SRT Ghoul coming as a follow-up to the Demon. There is absolutely no foundation for this story, either officially from FCA or from our insiders, but since that outlet presented this story as actual news, some people don’t realize that it was intended to be a joke.

Unfortunately, this is the kind of poor reporting that leads to endless rumors of hotter models that we will never see, but for those who aren’t sure – FCA has not released any information on a car called the Ghoul.

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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