Dodge's popular Charger line is a throwback to large, muscular family sedans of days long gone, with big V8 power and generous interior accommodations. Since its re-introduction in 2006, the full-size "four-door muscle car" has proved popular with buyers, and Dodge seeks to maintain that momentum with a number of key changes for 2015. With new exterior styling, better efficiency and a revamped interior, the 2015 Charger can bask in the limelight once again as a distinctly old-school American offering unlike anything else on the market.
A New Look
Though this isn't a complete redesign, the Charger gets a modern look with new fenders, hood, doors, front and rear fascias and a redesigned 3-piece spoiler. The sleeker front end design is clearly inspired by the Dodge Dart, featuring a blacked-out "crosshair" grille and a new wrap-around headlamps.
In the rear, new rounded "Racetrack" taillamps echo other recent Dodge models. With the C-pillars moved rearward to better accentuate the fastback design and slightly softer side-body creases, the overall look is more upscale and cohesive than last year's model. All Chargers receive new wheel designs, with no less than six different 20-inch designs available including new matte-black 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheels on the Charger R/T.
Under The Hood
The big news under the hood for 2015 is the introduction of Dodge's 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, which comes standard on all models. Entry-level cars featuring Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 pack up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft. of torque with the available Rallye package (base models have 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft), with highway fuel efficiency improved to 31 mpg. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 carries over with 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft. of torque, though the addition of the new 8-speed improves efficiency.
The R/T Road & Track model gets a new 3.07 rear axle ratio versus the standard model's 2.63 ratio. The V6 comes standard with RWD and is available with a new AWD system with fuel-saving automatic front axle disconnect, while HEMI models are RWD only.
Interior & Safety Systems
A new 8.4-inch touchscreen in the dash runs the latest generation of Chrysler's U-Connect Access smartphone-pairing infotainment system, which has received high praise for its features and ease of use and now features 3D maps for the available navigation module. For Charger R/T Road & Track models, a new Performance Pages system for U-Connect brings all manner of on-demand performance data and allows for adjustments to the engine, transmission, and steering response systems along with traction control.
The gauge cluster is also brand new and features a configurable 7-inch TFT display with extra functions like laptime, 0-60 and reaction times. Other changes to the interior include a new 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with available paddle shifters, and no less than 8 new trim and color combinations.
As for safety systems, the Charger enters the modern era with the inclusion of Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Advanced Brake Assist and Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
Pricing and Release Date
The 2015 Dodge Charger will go on sale this Fall. Pricing is expected to stay close to the current 2014 model, which starts from $26,995 for the V6 and $30,695 for the HEMI.