Crossovers, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and trucks have firmly established their dominance in the automotive industry, especially in North America. The first half of the year in the United States saw these high-riding segments reigning supreme, with mid-size cars ranking only fifth in terms of sales. This trend is expected to persist throughout the year, prompting many automakers to consider retiring their passenger car brands or transforming them into new electrified models.
For example, Ford embraced the compact pickup truck revival with the introduction of the Maverick, resurrecting the nameplate from the 1970s. However, the Maverick was not a compact car but a novel unibody pickup truck offering turbo and hybrid powertrain options. This success story exemplifies the transformation of traditional models into high-riding vehicles with modern powertrains.
Conversely, Chevrolet has seemingly lost faith in its iconic Camaro line, with the sixth generation scheduled to bow out early next year and no plans for its future. There are rumors of a potential reinvention as an electric-only nameplate, possibly featuring a range of models, including a crossover SUV, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge and Chrysler, has tasked these brands with finding creative solutions for the EV revolution. The Chrysler 300 sedan may be reinvented as the Banshee, an EV-powered successor to the Dodge Charger. Meanwhile, the Charger itself will inherit the coupe mantle from the Challenger and become an electrified powerhouse inspired by the Charger Daytona SRT concept.
The classic appearance of the Charger continues to captivate enthusiasts, even in the realm of digital car content creators. London-based virtual artist Al Yasid, known as al.yasid on social media, has revisited a project originally unveiled several years ago. This project features a restomod of a first or second-generation 1960s Dodge Charger, incorporating various aftermarket modifications.
The Charger restomod has been transformed into a two-door Shooting Brake, lowered or equipped with an air suspension system, and fitted with staggered aftermarket wheels and tires. Its widebody kit gives it an aggressive and eye-catching appearance. Inside, a full-cockpit roll cage is installed, and modern LED headlights and taillights enhance its aesthetic. The exposed blower V8 engine and stripped-out rear end reinforce the Charger Shooting Brake’s Fast & Furious-inspired character.
To add to the excitement, the CGI expert couldn’t resist staging a street race between the Charger Shooting Brake restomod and a Mitsubishi Evo inspired by Brian O’Connor, complete with a wheelie for dramatic effect.