THE AUTO SLEUTH
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?
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.