The Dodge Charger has long had an all-wheel-drive variant for those wintery months in cooler climates. Sure, you can no longer pair it with the HEMI V-8, but at least it’s available with the V-6 engine. Oddly enough, its platform-mate, the Challenger, never had this option. Well, this is all set to change in 2017.
Dodge will release the Challenger GT AWD, which will pair the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with all-wheel drive. Sure, we’d love to see this hooked up with the HEMI, but that is clearly not happening anytime soon. Luckily, the Pentatar engine is no slouch at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque.
Like its Charger cousin, the Challenger will feature Dodge’s high-performance all-wheel-drive system that includes an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. While this isn’t the most advanced all-wheel-drive system built, it is just fine for those snowy months.
The Challenger GT AWD will start production in January 2017 and will show up in dealers sometime in the first quarter of 2017. Pricing will start from $33,395, making the GT an eyewatering $6,205 more than the base Challenger SXT.
That said, chances are this GT model will be better equipped than the base SXT, which will help make that premium price a tad easier to swallow. More details should arrive as we near its production date, so stay tuned.