Revival Of Extreme Station Wagon Is The 2017 Dodge Magnum

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Dodge first introduced the Magnum back in 1978 as a large coupe, it only lasted until 1979. They brought it back for 2004 (as a 2005 Model Year) and that too didn’t last long … production finished at the end of 2008 – just 7,000 units sold. Is this the unluckiest name in Dodge’s history?

We hope not.

Rumors say that the Magnum name is coming back for 2017, as 2017 Dodge Magnum, and if the renderings are anything to go by, it looks… like we want one – a station wagon version of a Dodge Charger? Hell yeah.

At the moment, it all seems pure speculation – Dodge have confirmed nothing, but there is an increasing amount of rumors and whispers saying that it’s definitely arriving this year. We aren’t entirely sure they’re correct – normally by now, we’d have seen a test mule, some spyshots, perhaps even a sneak-preview from Dodge themselves, but there has been nothing.

That isn’t to say that it won’t happen, we firmly believe that it is, but we think Dodge are just being a little coy at the moment – after all, the last Magnum’s bombed, they don’t want that to happen again.

Whether it happens late this year, or early next year, we’d have to say that we are looking forward to it – maybe that’s just our thing though. Are we weird?

The 2017 Dodge Magnum – A wagon version of the Charger?

Contents

1. Wagon Version of the Charger?
2. Near on 500 HP
3. Expect Great Value
4. When?

The old Magnum was kind of like the station wagon version of the Chrysler 300, and it’s said that the new Magnum 2017 is the same again, but based on the Dodge Charger – perfect! It will be built on the Chrysler LX platform, which also sees service with the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 – it’s pretty universal.

We love the look of the Charger, and cool looking station wagons are the latest hot thing when it comes to the automotive world, so we think Dodge have hit the sweet-spot with this – a great combination.

Logistically, it makes perfect sense for Dodge to do this; using an existing platform, with the front end from a current model and possibly using the same engine line-up – that’s super cheap product development, and if it works … Dodge will be laughing all the way to the bank. Even if they can it again, it won’t have cost them anywhere near as much as developing a new model. Looking at it like that, we can’t see why more manufacturers don’t do the same.

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Near on 500 BHP for the 2017 Dodge Magnum

We mentioned that it will probably use the current engine line-up from the Charger range, this should mean that we’ll get a 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar with 292 BHP and a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with 370 BHP. There is also talk of an SRT version – a 6.4 liter V8 with 490 BHP! We have two words for you Dodge… Yes Please!

As to whether we will actually get an 2017 SRT Magnum, no-one really knows (except for maybe the management at Dodge) but we would love to see a station wagon looking like a Charger that packs (almost) 500 horses under the hood – that’s our recipe for dream-car stuff.

Will we get anything smaller than the 3.6 liter V6? It’s possible, but probably unlikely. As with every other manufacturer, Dodge needs to cut their emissions across the range – as a corporate entity. They can of course offset some of them by introducing smaller engines elsewhere in the range (which they are doing), and this would allow them a little to play with when they need it, and launching a new model which sucked big-time last time out could be the ideal opportunity for them; they want the Magnum to be a success from the word go, and what better way to do that than offer powerful engines, great looking cars and cheaper price-tags.

The other alternative for Dodge is to introduce some form of hybrid (and the Chrysler LX platform could accommodate it) for the Magnum. This would allow them to either reduce the engine size and use a combination of gas and electric to make up the horsepower or to have a rather hot V6 powering it instead of the Hemi V8. This would work for Dodge – giving them a ‘cleaner’ corporate look and still be able to produce a station wagon with some get up and go. The only real negative to this is development costs, so it would have to work across a number of vehicles for them.

Whatever the choice of engine, we do know that the Magnum will be offered as rear-wheel drive in standard format with an all-wheel drive option. We should also get an 8-speed automatic transmission; no manual option will be offered, not even in the SRT version. We think that Dodge maybe missing a trick with that though – stuffing a manual transmission in to the Magnum would work for those wanting near 500 BHP performance.

Expect Great Value

Talking of pricing – nothing has been confirmed from Dodge, but they really are going to try and capture the market; this means well-priced Magnums rolling out from the dealer. We would be surprised if the 2017 Dodge Magnum costs any more than $30,000 for the base model, and for that money, you’ll be getting a whole lot of car. Dependent on specifications and trim levels, we could well see the fully-loaded top of the range Magnum closer to $60,000, but then it will be up against some stiff competition from the European manufacturers so it will have to be good. Can Dodge make it that good? Especially when it seems they are building it on a budget. Doubtful.

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It’s true that we don’t know what equipment will be fitted, but it’s hardly going to come with manual windows and locks is it? (Can you even get a car with manual windows now? We can’t think of any)

Expect the usual suspects when it comes to technology and safety features: Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB connectivity, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, lane guidance with steering assist, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear-view camera, adaptive cruise-control, automatic high beams, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, large touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery, heated seats … pretty much everything you’d want or need, the only question being is what you’re paying extra for and what is standard – we’ve already said that we think you’ll be getting a lot for your money so don’t expect Dodge to be shy when it comes to packing that tech in.

 

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When?

As much as we are still hoping that we will get to see the new 2017 Magnum shortly, it’s looking less likely now that we are in May and we haven’t even seen a debut at a show or a disguised mule out on test.

However, the auto industry moves at a pace, so it could still happen, even if it is later in the year – we may get to see a pre-production version later on, with Dodge moving the production schedule to start early next year.

What do you think of the new 2017 Dodge Magnum? Have Dodge done the right thing by bringing it back? Should they have created a whole new model or stuck to the Charger theme? What about the SRT version – is that something that ‘floats your boat’ or should Dodge stay well away? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments
  • Fred Crone

    If The Dodge Magnum Came out in 2017 I would buy a 3.6L, I currently own a 2007 SXT Magnum, along with a 2014 300S which are the same platforms, in turn the Charger.

  • Deston Jackson

    If the 2017 magnum comes out I’m definitely going to trade in my car for the 392 magnum edition. Well it will be easy since I do currently own a 2006 SRT8 magnum. Fyi I never thought of every getting rid of it but for this new one I will!!!

    • Buddy Miller

      Buddy Miller
      I bought a new 2005 Black Magnum RT in Nov 22 2004. Want be long until in will be 11 years old, one of the best cars I have ever owned. It has 73,000 miles on in it now and has that like new look. Garaged keep car. I would buy a new Magnum if they build one. But I don’t think they will build the Magnum again. So I will just keep my Black Magnum RT and keep it in like new condition. I still have lots of people talk to me about the Magnum and want to buy it.
      Buddy In Ky.

  • Nothappening

    My sister works for Chrysler. I just showed her the pictures of it and she said that they are making the panels for it right now.

    • Buddy Miller

      Nothappening
      Keep us updated. I am waiting for the Magnum wagon to be built again. I wold be a buyer.

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Summary

The new station wagon on Charger basis - is it only rumors or actual upcoming car. We will find out later in 2017.

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