The Coronet is a well-known car for any MOPAR fan but unfortunately, the model has been discontinued all the way back in the mid-70s so it is not that well known at this point to the general public. However, despite the fact the car has been discontinued a while ago, it seems that Dodge might bring the name to the market once again which would be a similar move to what they did to the Charger or the Challenger. This time around though the car would likely first hit the market as the 2017 Dodge Coronet Concept and so far the only thing we know about it is that it might be the replacement for the upcoming Charger.
This would be a rather interesting move because in the past the Charger was the two-door model while the Coronet was available in a sedan or a wagon which made it quite popular for those looking to get the latest technology in an easier to reach package. This move might mean that the upcoming Charger would become a two-door coupe but this is unlikely considering that the Challenger is expected to be updated quite soon.
While Dodge’s current offerings are not really up to date, the upcoming cars are going to use state of the art technology but the most impressive fact about them is that they are not going to be based on the Alfa rear wheel drive platform which is very interesting. This means that the future 2017 Dodge Coronet Concept is likely going to be using a new rear wheel drive modular platform which may be used on the future Challenger as well.
2017 DODGE CORONET PLATFORM
This new platform would be made out of high strength steel and very likely aluminum as well which should account for a massive weight loss over what the current models which are on the heavier side. On top of that, it should allow Dodge to install new engines under the hood as well as a lot of new technology inside the cabin and under their skin.
Unlike the current Charger which is using a rather old suspension system, the upcoming Coronet is expected to get a fully independent suspension with larger brakes than its predecessor as well as a much lighter chassis. Despite the fact, it will still have four doors and likely a similar size, it should weigh up to 500 pounds less which will translate in a much better to drive a car that will be both faster and more fuel efficient.
Also thanks to this massive weight loss, the future 2017 Dodge Coronet Concept is very likely going to be launched with a turbocharged inline 4 engine in order to allow it to compete with all the other large family sedans on the market. It still is unclear how much power the engine will make or what it will be but our best guess would go on Chrysler’s 2.4 liters in-line 4 which would be able to provide close to 300 horsepower and more than 300 lb-ft of torque with the help of a turbocharger. Larger engines are going to be offered from the start such as a larger V6 with turbochargers or even a naturally aspirated V8. The SRT version of the car is expected to be launched by the end of 2017 while all the regular models will be out in July the same year when the car will be showcased alongside the all-new coupe.
Likely the most interesting fact about the Coronet concept is that both the upcoming successor for the Charger and the one for the Challenger have been named the E-Sedan and the E-Coupe which might suggest that the two could share the same name, meaning that the Coronet might be offered in a four and two door body styles which would be a back to basics move by the FCA Group.