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2020 Dodge, Chrysler, Ram and Jeep Changes Previewed

by Patrick Rall on

The embargo has lifted on the information for the 2020 model year for the Chrysler “core” brands including Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram, so in the coming days, we will be bringing you a closer look at all of the changes for the new model year. There is quite a bit of information to discuss, so rather than cram it all into one day at the beginning of a week that starts with a holiday, we will break down the key changes by model.

Today, we want to address what is essentially some bad news – or perhaps it is more of an absence of news. More specifically, we want to point out that right now, many of the high performance models that have been rumored to arrive for 2020 are not in the lineup. This doesn’t mean that these vehicles are not coming, it just means that they will not be included in the first batch of 2020 models that will arrive later this year.

Peak Power Levels

Over the past few months, we have talked a ton about the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with the new widebody design, along with the Scat Pack with the similar stance and the 50th anniversary edition Daytona with 717 horsepower. Right now, that is the biggest news for the 2020 model year, as the majority of the changes included in the 2020 model year information that was given to the media focus on interior and exterior appearance. There are new colors, new wheels and new badging inside and out, but so far, we don’t have any official word of new big-power models.

Right now, the strongest 2020 Challenger is the Hellcat Widebody with 797 horsepower, the strongest 2020 Charger is the Hellcat Daytona with 717 horsepower, the strongest Durango is the SRT 392 with 475 horsepower, the strongest Jeep Grand Cherokee is the Trackhawk with 707 horsepower and the most powerful Chrysler 300 still comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi with 363 horsepower. Also, the most powerful Ram 1500 is the 5.7-liter Hemi with 395 horsepower.

In other words, there is no Challenger with more power than the Redeye, there is no Redeye Charger, there is no Redeye-powered Grand Cherokee, there is no Hellcat Durango, there is no Hellcat 300 and there is no Hellcat Ram. At some point in the past few months, rumors of all of those vehicles were traveling around social media, with the most popular being the Challenger with more than 797 horsepower and a Hellcat Durango. However, while not all of these rumored vehicles are guaranteed to come to market for 2020 (if ever), the current absence of 2020 information doesn’t guarantee that they aren’t coming at all.

Not Never, but Not Yet

I still believe that we will see a Hellcat-powered Ram 1500, a Redeye Charger, a Hellcat Durango and some sort of package to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Challenger nameplate. The Challenger was first introduced for the 1970 model year, so 2020 marks 50 years and while I do not believe that rumors of a Challenger that will bear the Demon coming for 2020, I believe that we will see something to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mopar muscle car.

However, anything special coming for 2020 from any of the Chrysler core brands will have to be a late availability model, as those rumored models are not included in the first round of 2020 model year information. With any luck, we will see something exciting in Los Angeles, which is the first major auto show of the upcoming season, but in the meantime, the performance levels across all of the core brands remains the same as 2019, shy of the Charger widebody and Daytona.

While this is certainly not the news that everyone had been hoping for, there are some cool updates for the 2020 model year that we will discuss over the new few days and with plenty of time between now and the end of the 2020 model year, there is plenty of time for some of these rumored models to arrive. Then again, some might be coming in 2021 and some may prove to be nothing more than rumors.

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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