See You Later: Discontinued Vehicles & Future Electrification Plans

A car drives off into the sunset, much like gas-powered models are driving off into the sunset today.

As automakers continue their transition toward electrified product portfolios, they are beginning to cease production of some well-known and beloved gas-powered models. Nameplates like the 2023 Dodge Charger, 2024 Jaguar F-TYPE, and 2024 Ram 1500 TRX® will soon be riding off into the sunset…or will they? 

These three models have all either been recently discontinued or announced as future discontinuations, and they illustrate the range of approaches, commitments, and timings that automakers are taking to the vehicle discontinuation process in favor of an all-electric future.  

In this blog, we’ll explore how Dodge, Jaguar, and Ram chose to present the discontinuation of their model and what you can look forward to in the future. 

Which Models Are Being Discontinued? 

Discontinuing a model can be a necessary step for a manufacturer for a variety of reasons, including adjusting manufacturing capacity and factory retooling for upcoming electric vehicle (EV) production, and adapting to current emissions standards. Plus, as always, models may be discontinued to better match evolving customer demand and create a balanced product portfolio. 

Some manufacturers decide to roll out their EVs without halting internal combustion engine-model production for the same nameplate — models like the 2023 Ford F-150® and all-electric F-150 Lightning® and Chevy Equinox and Equinox EV for the 2024 model year are just a few examples.

Regardless of the exact timing, saying goodbye to new internal combustion models is something we can expect as manufacturers continue their transition to EVs. Will Kaufman, a news editor for Edmunds, told USA Today: “As more and more (electric cars) come out, the question is going to start being less if other nameplates are going to be discontinued to make more room for them, but when those are going to be discontinued.” 

Among the internal combustion vehicles that are being discontinued after the 2023 and 2024 model years, you’ll find:

  • 2023 Dodge Charger
  • 2023 Dodge Challenger
  • 2023 Nissan Maxima
  • 2023 Audi R8 
  • 2023 Audi TT
  • 2024 Kia Stinger
  • 2024 Chevy Camaro
  • 2024 Jaguar F-TYPE
  • 2024 Ram 1500 TRX

The timing and approach for each manufacturer depends on a variety of factors, including their own electrification schedules and the current popularity of the vehicle. 

2023 Dodge Charger

The iconic Dodge muscle car is no more — but only when equipped with an internal combustion engine. On August 15, 2022, the Stellantis North America media center announced that the Charger — and Challenger — would be discontinued “in current form” and 2023 would be the final model year with gas performance. Commemorating this legacy, the 2023 Charger was offered with “Jailbreak” capability to customize your SRT® variant to your heart’s content, unique “Last Call” branding with underhood plaques, unique heritage colors, and several commemorative model options.  

Just two days later, Dodge made sure to emphasize their next step forward in electric performance by releasing details about their electrified Charger concept car — the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept. Unique, new features debuting with this concept car include the Banshee propulsion system with 800 volts of power, the eRupt multi-speed transmission, and a Fratzonic chambered exhaust to help bring a familiar roar to your electric muscle car.

The internal combustion Charger may be on its way out, but the next step in Dodge electric muscle is clear.  

2024 Jaguar F-TYPE

The internal combustion engine Jaguar sports car is making its last lap in the 2024 model year. With high-end materials, potent engine options, and commemorative trims — the 75 and R75 — the 2024 Jaguar F-TYPE provides a luxurious approach to the sports car segment. 

The Jaguar approach to its final gasoline-powered sports car is to dwell in the moment and look back on the past before hinting at the future. Both commemorative trims emphasize that Jaguar has been building sports cars for the past 75 years, and this will be the last one before the brand transitions to an all-electric portfolio in 2025. However, rather than immediately providing details on whether there will be an electric sports car for the next model year or providing a concept car, Jaguar keeps the focus on the currently available model with its wealth of standard luxury features and robust engineering. 

The future is coming, and is to be welcomed, but Jaguar would have you enjoy today as well.   

2024 Ram 1500 TRX®

Among the models we’re discussing, the 2024 Ram 1500 TRX is the most recently announced model. On August 30, 2023, the Stellantis North America media center released this press release outlining the brand’s plans to shut down production of the Ram 1500 TRX following the 2024 model year. 

The build and price isn’t live yet, but Ram has scheduled the conclusion of TRX production at the end of 2023. A final, commemorative edition — the 2023 Ram 1500 TRX 6.2L Supercharged V8 – Final Edition — will be available, to elevate the ultra-powerful, off-road capability features that this truck offers. 

Unlike Dodge with their speedy electric innovation announcement for the Charger, or the relative lack of commitment to a direct electric replacement with the F-TYPE, the Ram approach is more middle-of-the-road. 

According to the press release, the TRX nameplate isn’t finished, and more information will be released later about the brand’s plans for the next step in the TRX evolution.  

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Staying up-to-date on all the current changes in model lineups can be an involved process. Rumors abound, and speculation across the internet can run rampant when it comes to what each manufacturer will actually release. Some of it may turn out correct, while other ideas may be found baseless.

Furthermore, manufacturer plans can change with new information and innovation. For example, Chevy was initially going to discontinue their Bolt EV and EUV at the end of 2023, but GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra recently announced these affordable EVs will now return in a next-generation model built on the new Ultium™ battery platform and Ultifi technology. 

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