Immediately after Ralph Gilles and his engineering team at Chrysler’s SRT division have successfully rolled out three new SRT vehicles, they started work on the replacement for the Dodge Magnum wagon. At the same time, they’re developing the 2013 Dodge Viper and a new entry level car, according to a report from The New York Times.
The original Dodge Magnum, a wagon based on the Charger, was produced from 2005-2008 before being terminated right before Chrysler announced its bankruptcy.
The New York Times report further stated that the Magnum was admired by many people and when it was phased out, the fans didn’t forget. Gilles told The New York Times that this model was “single-handedly killed” by an executive who has already retired.
In this interview, Gilles was talking about which vehicles could join its growing SRT lineup and he cited the Dodge Viper as a likely choice. He then revealed that Chrysler is looking for an entry-level vehicle.
He stated that when it had the Magnum, the carmaker dominated in the station wagon segment. But if the Magnum does return, it will go up against Cadillac’s 556-hp CTS-V Sport Wagon.
This means that Chrysler has to come up with an SRT variant of the Magnum. Gilles wouldn’t confirm if a second-generation Magnum has been designed and would only say that “great things” are on their way.