EPA confirms all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT for 2017 model year

Article by Christian A., on October 31, 2016

There have been rumors circulating that FCA will offer an all-wheel drive version of the new Dodge Challenger. FCA has yet to officially confirm whether such a version of the Dodge Challenger will be up for grabs in the near future. But it seems it will be.

However, FCA wasn’t the one that made the confirmation. Instead, the United States Environmental Protection Agency – through its Web site – has confirmed that there will be an all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT for the 2017 model year. Although the EPA Web site doesn’t actually specify that the new 2017 Challenger GT is the all-wheel drive model on the main page of the listing, the specs page for the vehicle clearly states that this Dodge offering is an all-wheel drive.

Having an all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT listed at EPA’s Web site is the next true thing to official unveiling. The list covers all cars that will be sold to the general public. In addition, the Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel drive model is listed as one of the options for the 2017 model year, which means that there is huge chance that this version is a real thing.

According to the listing at the EPA Web site, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is being offered with just the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine as its core. This engine develops up to 305 hp of output and up to 268 lb-ft of torque in the entry-level Challenger. These figures for the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine could remain the same for the all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT.

This powerplant is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In this configuration, new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will return an EPA-rated 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. Compared with the rear-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger SXT powered by the same V6 engine and mated to the same eight-speed automatic returns 19 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. This means that the rear-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger is more fuel efficient than its all-wheel drive counterpart.

Evidently, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine is the least powerful powerplant in the Dodge Challenger lineup. However, the all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is not being offered as a high-performance machine but as an enjoyable to drive, sporty coupe that could be driven all-year round.

FCA has yet to officially unveil the all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT, so there are no details yet as to when they would arrive at dealership. But considering EPA listed it as a 2017 model, the all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT may be out late 2016 or early next year.

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