THE AUTO SLEUTH

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

New Com­pass points the way for smaller Jeeps

AWD Chal­lenger is ready, but it’s about

util­ity, not per­for­mance: What was once spec­u­la­tion is now fact. The all-wheeldrive Dodge Chal­lenger GT is ex­pected to ar­rive in the first quar­ter of 2017, but be­fore all you per­for­mance fans start cel­e­brat­ing, the GT will only be avail­able with the ba­sic 3.6-litre V-6, just as it is with the four-door Dodge Charger (both cars share the same ba­sic ar­chi­tec­ture). Still, with 305 horse­power, the V-6 is no slouch, even though it will have to con­tend with about 2,000 kilo­grams of ve­hi­cle weight. On the other hand, Chal­lenger GT buy­ers in Canada (with $40,000 to spend) can drive their coupes year-round in­stead of stash­ing their steeds away for the win­ter. Now will Ford and Chevro­let fol­low suit with AWD ver­sions of the Mus­tang and Ca­maro?

MAN­U­FAC­TURER

The all-wheel-drive Dodge Chal­lenger will be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to buy­ers in snowy re­gions — Canada — who want to drive their cars ev­ery day, all year, al­though AWD will not find its way into the per­for­mance mod­els.

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