2019 Dodge Charger Lineup Revamped and Raising the Standard

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, Automotive Editor - July 5, 2018

At the end of June, Dodge revealed the entire 2019 Charger lineup. While it doesn't get something as flashy as the Demon-inspired Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, the muscular four-door sedan still gets a healthy list of updates that give the car a modern touch. The last time the Charger was updated was back in 2015, so this was needed.

Automakers may be dropping high-powered V8s left and right, but the Charger SRT Hellcat returns with its vicious supercharged 6.2-liter V8. Power remains the same at 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. While power hasn't gone up like its two-door counterpart, the Charger Hellcat does get a bunch of go-fast goodies.

Some components from the Demon, like its After-Run Chiller and Torque Reserve have been fitted to the Charger Hellcat. The latter generates a torque reserve that's doled out during hard acceleration from a stop. Other new features, like launch assist and line lock have been plucked from the Demon, as well.

The rest of the Charger lineup is as follows: SXT, GT, R/T, and R/T Scat Pack. Drivers that live in wintery states can rejoice, as all-wheel drive returns. This time, it's only available on the entry-level SXT trim with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. Every other Charger is rear-wheel drive. In rear-wheel-drive models, the V6 makes 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That figure increases to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque with the available all-wheel-drive system.

The GT trim is a new addition to the Charger lineup and is a more performance-oriented variant of the sedan with the Pentastar V6 engine. While power stays the same, the GT gets some more aggressive exterior touches, like a new hood, front fascia, rear spoiler, side sills, instrument panel, and seats. The changes run past the body, too, with the addition of a 3.07 rear axle ratio, and a performance suspension setup.

The Charger R/T returns and continues to be powered by the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that's rated to make 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. The trim gets a new look with a revised hood, fascia, and side sills. On the performance front, a performance suspension has been added, as has a 2.62 rear axle ratio and paddle shifters. An 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen is new, too.

Further up the line, the Charger R/T Scat Pack returns, as does its naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter V8. The engine is rated to make 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. The major news for the trim is the addition of launch assist and line lock.

Fans of fun colors will enjoy the Charger's list of paint schemes, which include Go Mango, Plum Crazy, B5 Blue Destroyer, F8 Green, and White Knuckle. Pricing for the lineup will be announced at a later time. The Charger is set to reach showrooms before the end of the year.

2019 Dodge Lineup

, Automotive Editor

Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.