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Charge motors (New crossover!)


#1

Hi, welcome to my new lore company…
BACKSTORY
Charge Motors was founded in 1928, by 2 brothers who built small trucks and tractors in Ferndale, Washington. They started making cars based off the light truck frames in the late 30’s, and released their 1st true car in 1945 after the war ended. Charge has continued making cars to this day, and has a relatively strong lineup ranging from small city cars up to full-sized trucks.
CURRENT LINEUP
Subcompact- Aeon
Compact- Combine
Midsize- Patron
Fullsize/luxury- Champion
Sports- Cisco
Muscle- Pounder
Crossover- Tarragon
SUV- Reacher
Fullsize truck- Unit

I will update this thread with new cars/facelifts, or simply post cars from this history of the company.
Here is my 1st, the 2018-Present Charge Unit.

1st NEW VEHICLE

The unit is a large truck, which started production in 2018. It sells decently, and ranges from a basic V6 model all the way up to a 5.3 V8. All models feature a chassis built from corrosion resistant steel, McPherson strut front suspension and solid axle rear. The starting price for the truck is $27500.

TRIMS
Workforce

Details

Built for builders and craftsmen, this is the most rough and ready truck in the range. It features plastic cladding, bumpers and steel wheels for maximum durability and minimum price. The truck features a 252BHP 3.8L V6 and a 6 speed advanced automatic gearbox. It is RWD. This model costs $27500

Classic

Details

The classic is a more premium styled truck. It features alloy wheels and uprated interior compared to the WorkForce. The buyer can also choose from a bigger pallete of colours, as opposed to the simple black, white or gray of the previous model. Body coloured pieces make this truck perfect for a casual user, who just wants a truck to daily drive and carry some light gear, and maybe tow a trailer. It is not built for offroad as it is RWD as well. This trim would cost $30700

Premium

Details

This is the 1st trim in the lineup which is equipped with the “Heavy duty” pack. This includes an extended cab and 324BHP 5.3 OHC V8 engine. The premium trim has chrome bumpers and fascia, as well as premium interior and radio. The Extended cab allows up to 5 passengers rather than 2 as in the short cab versions. As this truck is not off road focussed, it loses the manual locker for a more smooth LSD, paired to a 4 wheel drive system. The buyer gains access to the full roster of colours, and can choose a beautiful metallic colour free of charge. This truck would cost $41000.

Tow package

Details

This trim is very similar to the premium, except its more utility focussed. This trim gains tow mirrors, restores the locking diff, this time with 4 wheel drive, shortens the gear ratios and adds the tow hitch for free. This truck would cost $40400.

CPD-Pro

Details

The current king of the Unit range is the CPD pro. Focussing more on offroad and driving experience than the 2 previous models, this car gains sports interior, offroad wheels and tires and suspension tuned by CPD, the Charge Performance Divison. The car has a more sporty appearance, with 4X4 logos and body coloured bumpers. Another big feature is the 7 speed DCT gearbox, which enhances performance and driving fun. This truck would cost $41200

However, there are 2 new trims of this truck in the making, spyshots have revealed a SUV version as well as another offroad performance version.


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#2

It’s definitely very RAM-inspired, but that works well with chrome bumper trims. It’s also nice to see tailights that aren’t just squares on a truck, but ironically, they feel a bit 2-dimensional. (In some shots, the pic at the top does it more justice.) Good work, for sure. :+1:


#3

A HISTORY LESSON: THE GEN 1 COMBINE
It was the start of the mid 80’s, and Charge was not having a good time. The fullsize models were getting old and not fuel efficient, and even the very popular trucks couldnt sustain the company on their own. Excecutives saw that Japanese cars were also selling better now than ever before. The result? charge hired japanese designers to produce a new compact sedan. This car, although it looks japanese, is quite american underneath keeping the then popular RWD layout and a 1.8L i4, which was the only engine size avaliable, and was quite large for a car of this weight. The combine sold moderately well, and gave Charge some more money to play with whilst producing the upcoming Fullsize and midsize cars.


TRIMS
Base

Details

This was the most basic and cheap model, with plastic bumpers and steelies. The interoir was not too bad, it came with standard seats and a radio. thie car had a 4 speed manual allowing a top speed of just over 100 MPH. It used a single barrel eco carb, as like most budget cars of the time. This trim cost $12100. it was also availiable in wagon form, adding an extra rear seat

GL

Details

The GL was a step up above the base. It added plastic hubcaps, a standard radio instead of basic, more finely tuned and high quality suspension. the biggest improvement was the use of SPEFI as opposed to carbs. it kept most of the same stuff though, only increasing the price up to $13300. Also avaliable as wagon.

GL+

Details

The GL+ was essentially a wagon replacement of the GT sedan. It added body coloured parts, more attractive wheels and a 4 speed auto ontop of the GL wagon. it kept the same interior and engine. It would cost $13900

GT

Details

The GT was a light sport model. It added a 94BHP upgraded engine, a 5 speed manual. Parts like a spoiler and 5 spoke wheels, hakka foglights and a front lip make this car look the part. Due to its RWD setup and reasonably powerful and economic engine, this was a very very popular 1st car and now makes a great budget drift car. this car would cost $14100

1.8 ZXR TURBO

Summary

This is the model we all know and love. Equipped with iconic red striped trim and a turbocharged 1.8, this car was a monster on the road. It was a request of the cheif japanese designer, to add a high performance, rally oriented trim. This car was very adavanced in 1984, including an AWD system and turbochargers, knocking 152BHP out of the 1.8. A bigger front lip and basketweave wheels created the sporty look of this trim. This trim costs $19200


#4

In top-spec ZXR Turbo trim it would have made a great Group A homologation special. Considering that AWD with transversely mounted engines isn’t available until 1990, giving the original Combine a longitudinally mounted engine makes perfect sense.


#5

THE TARRAGON
here is the 2nd of the new cars i promised, the brand spanking tarragon crossover! I realised my old cars didnt have realistic “brochures” so this should be better

suspension Specs:
MacPherson strut front, multilink rear
AWD and FWD are both available

engine specs: 2 options:

1.6 DiT turbo petrol i4, DOHC 4 Valve, AlSi block and head.

1.8 AirForce NA petrol i4, DOHC 4 valve, AlSi block, aluminum head.

GEARBOXES]
6 speed manual
6 speed advanced auto

TRIMS
Base:
Steel wheels, basic radio, standard interior, geared LSD, manual availiable, auto availiable as option.
Locked to FWD with 1.8 AirForce i4. starting from $23500

SportsLine:
sports alloy wheels, lowered suspension, dual tip exhaust, standard radio and interior, geared LSD, manual availiable, auto availiable as option.
Locked to 1.6 DiT turbo i4, both FWD and AWD availiable
starting from $25800 for FWD, $28800 for AWD

Crossline
Offroad wheels and tires, skidplate, automatic gearbox standard, progressive springs, sunroof
Locked to 1.6 DiT i4 and AWD
starting from $29400

Premium
Premium infotainment, premium alloy wheels, sunroof, progressive springs, electric LSD, automatic gearbox standard
Locked to 1.6 DiT i4 and AWD
Starting from $36000