Lifted sedans: boy, that’s one crazy idea. But the more you think about it, the more this Dodge Charger TRX begins to make sense, both in the context of the manly Dodge brand and given the popularity of 4×4, Hemis and the TRX truck.
Many were quick to call the Charger TRX a rival to the Ford F-150 Raptor. However, this truck plays by different rules, being powered by essentially a drag racing V8 engine and based on a really old idea. That’s right, the T-rex was supposed to join the Ram brand long before.
But anyway, pixel master Oscar Vargas just made this amazing rendering happen. And as we’ve come to expect from ‘wb.artist20’ it’s filled with interesting details that make sense.
For example, this is more than just a lifted Charger sedan. It’s more of TRX conversion. That’s why the muscle sedan has a whole new front bumper made of black plastic, along with a frame around the redesigned headlights. The front plate with tow hooks is obvious, and the lights in the hood scoop are amazing, something actual owners of the Dodge 4-door might want.
A set of large off-road tires with Beadlock wheels have been borrowed from the TRX. And to make room for them, the Charger sits about 10 inches higher. Its fenders have been changed with square inserts of protective plastic. This makes us want to give it an RPM (real project in the making) Potential immediately, as plausible is it that a vehicle like this could be made.
It’s a pretty high score of 9/10. The engine is obviously already in the Charger, which we also know can be fitted with AWD if needed. Suspension lift? They fit 32-inch wheels on “donks” all the time, so that’s not a problem. But I’d actually want a portal axle configuration for some real off-roading.
Lifting muscle cars used to be a pretty common thing. Just look up the Mustangs, Camaros or Firebirds that have all been made into swamp buggies. But European automakers are actually the ones who pull off this full lifted car look.
Mentioning portal axles was obviously a nod to Mercedes-Benz, who have made lifted vehicles such as the E-Class All-Terrain and EQC 4×4 Squared. You could also argue that Audi started this body cladding trend. Who doesn’t know about the A6 Allroad?
But Volvo were also kings of protective plastic with their XC70, which was basically a wagon pretending to be an SUV. And they actually made a lifted sedan recently, the S60 Cross County. Ever heard of it? We’re not surprised that you didn’t since between 2015 to 2018, U.S. sales totaled just 1,265 units.