Dodge: What’s New and In Store for 2017

2017 Dodge

What’s New and In Store

2017 is a year of change for Dodge. This year is the last for the Dodge Viper and Grand Caravan. Some may fear uncertainty for the brand with the discontinuation of the Dodge Dart after the 2016 model year as well, but Dodge is continuing to take bold steps in the performance segment. Parent company Fiat Chrysler will be investing heavily in Dodge in upcoming years, with a new Dodge crossover SUV in the works to replace the Grand Caravan in the current line-up, and rollout of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in 2018. The V10 powered Dodge Viper supercar, ending its 25-year run, has several special editions for its final year. 2017 models are getting upgraded to FCA’s fourth-generation infotainment system, Uconnect, now with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That and some impressive updates to trims are the latest for Dodge. Here’s a look at what’s new and in store for the brand in 2017.

What’s New

2017 Dodge Challenger

  • MSRP: From $26,995 – $62,495
  • MPG: Up to 19 City / 30 Highway; Up to 16 City / 25 Highway; Up to 15 city / 25 highway; Up to 13 city / 22 highway
  • Engine: 3.6 L V6 (305 hp); 5.7 L V8 (up to 375 hp); 6.4 L V8 (485); 6.2 L V8 (707)

Dodge will be rolling out the new all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT this winter, with production already started. The GT’s 3.6 L V6 pumps 305 horses and 268 lb-ft torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is designed for play in the snow, with an active axle system and all-season performance tires. The 1971-inspired muscle car body with split grille has a modern touch of LED halo headlamps and LED tail lamps. On the inside, it has leather seats and 6-speaker Alpine stereo system that is integrated with 8.4 inch touchscreen infotainment system and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Rear park assist and backup camera come standard.

The new T/A models feature the HEMI V8, upgrading the R/T model to add even more functional performance. Opt for the T/A 392 for 485 hp, 475 lb-ft torque, 4.5 second 0-60, and 12 second quarter mile time. Paying homage to the legendary 1970 T/A, Dodge added factory-installed hood pins to the list of available features, and is offering limited-production Green Go and Yellow Jacket High-impact Paint.

Trims already on the lot come with the same 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Active exhaust systems are now standard for V8 models. SRT models have new wheel designs and illuminated steering wheel logos.

2017 Dodge Challenger

2017 Dodge Charger

  • MSRP: From $27,995 – $65,945
  • MPG: Up to 19 City / 30 Highway; Up to 16 City / 25 Highway; Up to 15 city / 25 highway; Up to 13 city / 22 highway
  • Engine: 3.6 L V6 (292 hp); 5.7 L V8 (370 hp); 6.4 L V8 (485); 6.2 L V8 (707)

The 2017 Dodge Charger sedan gets many of the same treatments as the 2017 Challenger, including an 8.4-inch fourth-generation touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A special edition Daytona model gets throwback treatment much like the Challenger T/A, the Charger instead taking inspiration from the 1969 NASCAR production run (and building on the popularity of previous Daytona editions from 2006 – 2009 and 2013). With improvements on the Charger R/T’s intake and exhaust system by adding Mopar cold-air induction with conical air filter and active performance exhaust, as well as performance tuned suspension and performance tuning, the Daytona can even better handle the 485 horses and 475 lb-ft torque from the 6.4 L HEMI.

The Daytona gets a “menacing” look, with front and rear performance fascias borrowed from the SRT and R/T Scat Pack. Signature Daytona badging is placed throughout the trim, and in addition to the limited Green Go and Yellow Jacket HIP exterior colors, Go Mango and TorRed are also available. The interior features leather and suede seating, athletic aesthetics, ambient LED cabin lighting, and rear park assist and backup camera. Also, like the Challenger, the Charger now has a standard active exhaust on all V8 models, as well as new wheel designs and illuminated steering wheel for SRT trims.

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

2017 Dodge Viper 

  • MSRP: From $87,895 – $118,795
  • MPG: Up to 12 City / 19 Highway
  • Engine: 8.4 L V10 (645 hp)

It’s a car that didn’t need to change much over the last 25 years. The 2017 Dodge Viper is essentially the 1992 Dodge Viper – it looks like one, performs like one. Sure, there has been innovation and improvements over the last two and a half decades, but the car has proven itself on the track repeatedly with very few of them, against the best of the best, and still holds records to its name. We may ask why is it being discontinued? Is the V10 too much for a production car with evolving standards? Do we attribute a decline in sales? Or will we see a new Viper down the road, with a beefed up V8? Time will tell. In the meantime, to ease our anguish, Dodge has given us a model year to remember.

The Viper line-up for 2017 includes the Viper GTC, Viper GTS, and Viper ACR in addition to six special editions to celebrate the legacy of the supercar, as follows:

  • Viper 1:28 Edition ACR (Celebrates the current Laguna Seca single-lap record of 1:28.65)
  • Dodge Dealer Edition ACR (Special Edition available through Tomball and Roanoke Dodge Dealers, Dodge’s highest volume Viper dealers)
  • Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR (Celebrates one of the most iconic Vipers, the blue and white 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition)
  • Viper VooDoo II Edition ACR (2010 VoooDoo ACR reborn)
  • Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC and Viper Snakeskin ACR Edition (Inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR)

2017 Dodge Viper

Upcoming

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be unveiled during the 2017 New York International Auto Show. So far we know it will be 200 lbs lighter, with a wider wheelbase by 3.5 inches. Dodge is releasing teaser videos each week leading up to the debut. You can watch the third teaser, “Wide Body,” below.

Minor Changes / Unchanged

  • 2017 Dodge Durango (The GT trim replaces the Limited trim, the SXT gains optional 3rd-row seating, and rearview camera can capture view of hitched trailers)
  • 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan (For its final year, trim levels are SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT, and receive a standard review camera and 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system)
  • 2017 Dodge Journey (The R/T trims is replaced with the GT trim as the top trim level, and two new colors are available, Spitfire Orange and Rhino)

Dodge Dart

The Dodge Dart is no more. A sporty chassis and looks of the Dodge performance family made the Dart something of its own beast. It was small, but heavy, which is what we feel about its departure. Will we see the Dart again, or are we more likely to see the Barracuda make a return? We’ll probably see the Barracuda, but you never know.

2016 Dodge Dart

Which 2017 Dodge model are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!