The Dodge Challenger has been around for almost half a century! And during those years, it has been redesigned and improved to make it faster and stronger. The 48 years of this Dodge model are divided into 3 different generations. However, the very first appearance of this name and concept surfaced in 1959 with the creation of the Dodge Silver Challenger. This car was one of a kind with very unique body style and only available in one body colour: silver. Then there was a long silence; no one heard or saw new Dodge Challengers on the road until….
In 1970, the Dodge Challenger name came back to life. 1970 is considered as the “official” start year of the first generation of the Dodge Challenger. The vehicles produced during this year were mainly for the Canadian and U.S. market. When the 1970 Dodge Challenger model was introduced in 1969, it was created to compete in the upper end of the pony car market. This car was available in different trim levels and the cool part was that buyers could choose from almost any Chrysler engine to go with their vehicle. These Dodge Challengers also had a luxurious interior and 4 headlights for more style. Furthermore, over 150,000 Dodge Challengers were sold during this first generation, sounds like many people were waiting for it!
For 3 years, between 1974 and 1977, there was not much happening in the life of the Great Dodge Challenger, the creators were probably thinking of ways they could revolutionize the car market. In 1977, the Challenger name came back to life with the Dodge Colt Challenger, as it was known overseas. This vehicle was aesthetically different from the Challenger in the previous generation: there a shift from a pony car to a compact car. This 2nd generation Challenger is remembered for its smaller frame and engine and bright colors. This vehicle also revolutionized the American market thanks to its four-cylinder engine technology.
The 3rd generation of the Dodge Challenger which started in 2008 is the last and current generation. There were many significant changes including the shift back to a pony car bodystyle, and the cars from this generation have a lot in common with the Challenger from the 1st generation. However, they are longer and taller. At the very beginning of this generation in 2008, only one trim level was available: SRT8. But in 2009 many other models were added to the collection including the SE (base model) and R/T. In 2012, there was a major change in the name convention and the base model was changed from SE to SXT in order to follow a similar naming pattern as the other Dodge vehicles. And this is certainly not the end to this story, there are many more changes that will be coming up over the next years. Stay tuned!