Other than a visual update in 2015, the Dodge Charger has remained fundamentally unchanged since its seventh-generation model rolled out in 2011. What’s kept the Charger so fresh have been its technological, performance, and mild styling updates, and this trend continues into the 2020 Dodge Charger lineup.
Visually, the base styling of the 2020 Dodge Charger will remain the same as it’s been since its 2015 refresh. Helping separate the 2020 Charger from the previous model year will be mild nips and tucks. The largest of the changes will be the new standard Widebody package on the SRT Hellcat model, which will add 3.5 inches of body width and wider wheels for enhanced grip. The new Widebody package will result in a 3.6-second sprint to 60 mph, a 10.96-second quarter mile, and 0.96 Gs on the skidpad. The SRT Hellcat will also gain a new front end with a mail-slot grille for enhanced cooling.
Other visual updates will include a Widebody option for the Charger Scat Pack, a new Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition with an exclusive paint job, updated SRT Hellcat and Scat Pack wheels, a new Carbon & Suede interior package, a new Satin Black Appearance Package, new 19-inch Black Noise wheels in the Blacktop Package, updated badges, and much more.
Other than the handful updates included in the new packages above, the 2020 Dodge Charger will continue with the same simple interior design.
Under its hood, the Charger will see a few mild updates, but it will mostly remain the same. The base 3.6-liter V6 engine will continue with 292 horsepower in the SXT model and 300 hp in the GT trim. The R/T model will retain its 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 370 hp. Moving up to the R/T Scat Pack will add a 6.4-liter V8 HEMI with 485 hp. The SRT Hellcat model will continue with its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Where the under-hood changes come will be in the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, which will push the 6.2-liter supercharged V8’s power to 717 hp.
The entire Charger lineup will continue with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive. SXT models will have optional all-wheel drive, as will GT models with the new for 2020 GT AWD trim.
The current Dodge Charger is no star in the safety department, nor does it fall on its face. In crash tests, its only sore spot is a “Marginal” rating in the driver’s side small-overlap test. Its only glaring issue is a “Poor” rating in the headlight test. Despite its age, the Charger pulls off a “Superior” rating in front-crash prevention with its optional automatic emergency braking, which is part of the $1,895 Technology Group package. We expect these safety ratings and features to remain unchanged in the 2020 Charger.