The next year will be quite interesting in Dodge’s lineup. Although we probably won’t see any major redesign, there is a chance to see a couple of comebacks. This particularly refers to the Dakota, which has been rumored a while ago and not it looks like something is really happening. Also, we can hear rumors about comebacks of iconic nameplates, such as Barracuda and Viper, where the new versions would probably come in the EV form.
As we’ve just mentioned, a major redesign won’t happen, but some interesting updates will happen. For example, the Ram 1500 is about to get a new range-topping trim level, while the Ram 2500HD is about to get a new off-road trim called Rebel.
Also, don’t forget about the legendary muscle cars. This era of the automotive industry is coming to an end and the next year will be the last one for both Charger and Challenger, at least in the current form. Therefore, the company prepares a lot of interesting versions and special features for the models that are about to sing their farewell songs.
So, let’s take a closer look at the 2023 Dodge Ram lineup:
2023 Dodge Charger
The current generation of the iconic nameplate is getting toward its end and that won’t just be the end of one generation, but the end of an era. The next generation is about to go all-electric, so the 2023 Dodge Charger will be the last chance for buyers to get one with an internal combustion engine.
Considering that we are talking about the final production year, there will be no significant changes. Still, the company will offer a couple of interesting novelties, mainly to celebrate the historic legacy of this amazing muscle car. For example, it will be offered in some legendary paints from the previous generations, such as Plum Crazy, B5 Blue, and Sublime Green. Also, the R/T trim will come with the legendary “345” badge.
The engine lineup will remain the same, with a 3.6-liter V6 as the base offer. Still, we presume that most buyers will skip the base version and get one of the numerous V8 variants. Of course, the first one on offer is the R/T, which features a 5.7-liter HEMI engine with around 370 horsepower. While that’s plenty enough to satisfy most drivers, there is also the huge 6.4-liter unit, which puts out around 475 horsepower.
Finally, there is the lineup of Hellcat-powered models, with the super-capable 6.2-liter Supercharged V8. Depending on the version you pick, the max output goes between 707 and 807 horsepower.
The base 2023 Dodge Charger will cost around 34.500 dollars.
2023 Dodge Challenger
Unfortunately, the Challenger’s destiny is the same as the Charger’s. This will be the last production year of the iconic pony in the form we know. The future generation will go all-electric, so the company decided to offer a whole range of special features for the outgoing model. Just like the Charger, the 2023 Dodge Challenger will come with vintage color options on offer, as well as with the same “345” badge on the R/T model. Furthermore, the company prepares 7 special versions for the final ICE Challenger and the first one to come will be called the Shakedown. Only 1.000 units will be made.
The engine lineup will bring familiar options. Base models will continue with a 3.6-liter V6, while the R/T will be the cheapest V8 model, with the 375-hp 5.7-liter unit. Scat Pack models will feature a bigger 6.4-liter HEMI unit that puts out 475 horsepower. Finally, there is the Hellcat model, available in three variants.
The standard Hellcat puts out 717 horsepower, while the Hellcat Redeye is good for 797 horsepower. Finally, there is the Hellcat Super Stock, with a max output of 807 horsepower.
The standard 2023 Dodge Challenger will cost around 32.000 dollars, while the most expensive versions will get pretty close to the $100.000 mark.
2023 Dodge Durango
The current generation of Dodge’s three-row SUV has been around for a full decade and after the 2021 update, we expect it will remain in production for another few years. The 2023 Dodge Durango continues in the same way and brings no changes, except for the one pretty huge novelty.
That novelty is the return of the Hellcat model. This version was discontinued in 2022 year but as the legendary engine will soon become history, the company decided to offer it once again. So, the most capable versions of this SUV will once again come with the SRT Hellcat badge and the monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that puts out around 710 horsepower.
The rest of the engine lineup will remain the same. Base models will continue with a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out around 295 horsepower. The R/T trim is the first one with eight cylinders, with a 5.7-liter unit that puts out around 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is the SRT, with a 6.4-liter V8 that features a max output of 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
The base 2023 Dodge Durango should go around 39.000 dollars.
2023 Dodge Barracuda
One of the characteristics of the current electrification of the automotive market is that manufacturers are using famous nameplates to popularize their BEVs. So, we expect nothing different from Dodge, which will, allegedly, revive the legendary Barracuda nameplate.
According to our reliable sources, this will be the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. Unlike the competition, which is mostly about all-electric SUVs and crossovers, this will be a true sports car or, as Dodge likes to call it, an all-electric muscle car. We count on a classic coupe layout, though we won’t exclude the possibility to see a convertible as well
At this point, we don’t know much about specs, performance figures and similar things. On the other hand, we know that Dodge engineers will put a lot of effort into the driving experience. For example, while all other electric cars feature one or two gears, this one will feature multiple gears, in order to mimic ICE predecessors and maximize ride enjoyment.
We expect to see the new Barracuda sometime in 2023 or 2024.
2023 Dodge Ram 1500
The current generation of the Ram 1500 is impressive in so many ways and it still looks pretty fresh. Therefore, we won’t be seeing significant updates in the 2023 Dodge Ram 1500, which will mostly carry on in the same way. However, one novelty is coming and that will be the new ranger-topping trim level, which will be called Limited Elite Edition.
Other than the new trim level, the biggest novelty is the new, available 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Other than that, things will remain the same. The Dodge Ram 1500 will continue to deliver unmatched ride quality, which comes in a combination with great performance and capabilities.
Under the hood, base models will continue with a 3.6-liter V6, which puts out around 305 horsepower. Higher trim levels will come with a 5.7-liter V8, which is good for about 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Finally, count on the 3.0-liter turbodiesel with 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, which offers a fantastic balance between fuel economy and towing capacity.
The TRX will continue to represent Ram in the high-performance off-road niche, with all kinds of off-road upgrades, as well as with the monstrous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that puts out 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
The base 2023 Dodge Ram 1500 should cost around 34.000 dollars.
2023 Dodge Ram 2500 HD
Ram’s HD models have always been praised for fantastic towing and hauling capabilities and the current generation is no exception. However, the current generation is also an absolute class leader in terms of ride quality and general refinement. Therefore, we expect no bigger changes for the next year.
Still, one big novelty is coming, in the form of the 2023 Dodge Ram 2500 HD Rebel. This model will use the same formula as the half-ton Rebel and come with all kinds of off-road upgrades. You may count on things like an electronically locking limited-slip rear differential, 33-inch off-road tires, skid plates etc.
Just like the rest of the 2500HD models, the Rebel will also be available with both engines. A good-old 6.4-liter V8 will be standard, with a max output of 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Of course, you may also count on a capable 6.7-liter inline-six turbodiesel from Cummins, though in its less capable variant. The max output goes around 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. The 1.075-lb-ft version of the engine will remain reserved for the 3500HD model.
The new 2023 Dodge Ram 2500 HD Rebel is expected to cost around $65.000, while the base models should go around 46.000 dollars.
2023 Dodge Ram 3500 HD
Although there were some rumors about the facelift, it looks like the 2023 Dodge Ram 3500 HD will continue without bigger changes. We are about to see the same pickup design, which continues to impress us in so many ways.
At the same time, this pickup is super-capable and super-reliable. It offers an impressive max towing rating that goes up to 37.000 pounds with the diesel engine but, at the same time, it also offers unmatched ride quality and refinement. The interior design is pretty impressive, as well as the list of available features.
Base models will continue with a 6.4-liter V8 that puts out around 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. A 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel will once again come in two outputs. The standard version is good for about 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque, while you can also opt for the versions that put out 420 horsepower and 1.075 pound-feet of torque. Despite the rumors, the diesel engine won’t get a new transmission. It will continue with the good-old 6-speed from Aisin, while the gasoline engine will continue to use an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The 2023 Dodge Ram 3500 HD should feature starting price of around 46.000 dollars.
2023 Dodge Dakota
Mid-size pickups are once again very popular, so many of us are eager to see Dodge’s next move. The latest reports suggest that the company is definitely working on Dakota’s revival. We are about to see the well-known nameplate once again but this time in a completely new suit.
At this point, there are two possible directions for the 2023 Dodge Dakota. One of them is to see a pickup that shares a lot with the Jeep Gladiator, starting from the platform, engines etc. Of course, the main difference would be in terms of aesthetics, where Dakota would follow the brand’s latest design language.
The other scenario suggests a design that’s more related to the Ram 1500. In this case, we would see a design that uses many technical and design solutions from the famous half-ton pickup. This refers not just to mechanics, but aesthetics as well. We presume that the 2023 Dodge Dakota would feature pretty much the same styling, just in a smaller package.
2023 Dodge Viper
The iconic supercar has been gone since 2017 and ever since we are hearing rumors about its comeback. Therefore, it’s no surprise that many unofficial reports speculate about the 2023 Dodge Viper. The actual chances to see this model again aren’t too big but even if that happens, it’s hard to predict how the new generation would look like.
The reason is quite simple. The previous generations were characterized by monstrous engines but that era is coming to an end. So, the logical solution would be to see an all-electric Viper. This means we would see an all-electric sports car, which would visually closely resemble the legendary model, which was produced for nearly three decades.
2023 Dodge Grand Caravan
The iconic nameplate was in use for about 36 years and during this long period, we saw five generations of it. The last wan was in production between 2008 and 2020 and you can’t find a Dodge with this nameplate anymore. However, the Grand Caravan is still present, though with a little bit different badge.
In Canada, there is a minivan called Chrysler Grand Caravan. The sister company decided to borrow this name and use it instead of Pacifica, which is the plate that characterizes models sold in the U.S. In any case, this model features pretty much the same design as Pacifica and offers the same level of comfort.
Unlike Pacifica, the Canadian Grand Caravan can’t get in a plug-in hybrid version. Instead, it comes only with a V6 engine. That’s a good-old 3.6-liter unit, which puts out around 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
The 2023 Dodge Grand Caravan shouldn’t feature bigger changes, so the starting price should remain similar to the current model, which is available at around CA$45.000.