2015 Dodge Charger Premiers At New York Show

Crosstown rival Chevrolet may have reclaimed the value full-size sedan segment with its latest Impala, but Dodge will not take that sitting down. The 2015 Dodge Charger that makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show gets a thorough refresh, known in the industry as a “major minor” update. Boosting Fiat-Chrysler’s faith in the rear-wheel-drive sedan’s future is Dodge’s claim to the youngest buyers in the segment.

The only unchanged sheetmetal on the 2015 Dodge Charger consist of the roof and the rear door panels. Such a thorough facelift means the inner panels of the front and rear fenders have been changed as well as those outer panels. Dodge design chief Joe Dehner’s team drew in the bodywork at the four corners of the car and lowered the hood, ditching the truckworthy grille profile in favor of a grille that draws on the Dodge Dart’s for inspiration and proportions. Don’t worry, it works. Dehner is proud of the way the Charger looks like it’s eight to ten inches shorter than the current Charger, even though it remains about 199.9 inches long, on a 120.2-inch wheelbase.

“We chainsawed off the corners of the car,” Dehner says.

His team has minimized chrome on the new car, with black window moldings and an optional black grille. Even on the standard grille, Dehner says, the chrome is kept to a minimum. A “subtle satin bead” grille will be available, and the grille’s shape is repeated in the punch-out openings of the grille itself. The headlamps, lower front foglights and full-width “racetrack” taillamps are all-LEDs. Washer nozzles have been moved from the top of the hood to behind the hood at the windshield, which makes it easier to apply stripe options.

The Charger’s new sheetmetal alters the proportions between the lower body and the daylight opening. It no longer looks like a low-roofline, high-beltline sedan, a style the car has been sporting since its debut as a 2006 model. In back, a low-profile lip spoiler attached directly to the trunklid and rear fenders replaces the stanchion spoiler of the current car.

When the 2015 Dodge Charger goes on sale this fall, it will come with the eight-speed automatic transmission only. The eight-speed currently comes with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which is rated 31-mpg highway, and now will be the transmission coupled to the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 option. All-wheel-drive versions will come with the de-coupling feature already in AWD versions of the new Chrysler 200 and of the Jeep Cherokee. The base Pentastar V-6 makes 280 horsepower, and a performance package upgrade increases that to 300 horsepower. Hemi-equipped Chargers will have 20-inch wheels as standard equipment. Electric power assisted steering will be tuned specifically to the various wheel/tire combos offered.

Inside, the changes include “less retro” gauge faces, a new seven-inch thin film transistor (or TFT – liquid crystal display) cluster, a new wheel design, new color and material selections, and new aluminum bezels and brushed metal finishes. Of course, the lastest Uconnect in-car connectivity system will come with the Charger.

All this work indicates Fiat-Chrysler put considerable additional cost into the Dodge Charger, even as an all-new model expected on a new, flexible rear-wheel-drive platform being developed primarily for Alfa Romeo is expected in three model years. The Charger is not a niche car, Dodge says, with sales of 98,336 last year, beating everything in its segment but the Chevy Impala.

Dodge says it has the youngest buyers in the segment, and for the first quarter of 2014, sales are down fewer than a thousand units, to 24,956, still ahead of Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima. Dodge won’t say how many of these Chargers are the Charger Pursuits, which get the same updates for 2015, though the Charger is said to be the second-bestselling police car in the U.S., behind the Ford Explorer-based model, but ahead of the Taurus-based Police Interceptor.

Rachelle Nassif
I love it!!
Guillermo Nuñez Maldonado
Demasiado suave el diseño de los faros
Guillermo Nuñez Maldonado
La Parrilla me parece bien, pero los faros principales pudieron haber sido diferentes para que conservará un estilo agresivo
Gary Craig
How do you say Dodge in Italian?
Floyd Richard Burdett
I like this design MUCH BETTER than the Large-Mouth Bass look of many of the recent Dodge products, as well as MOST of the Audi products!! It looks more 'menacing' and threatening, rather than like it will swallow you whole... :P
Robert May
Yes, it does look pretty darn good. But it's still a dodge
Junaid Qureshi
It's done.
Marc Hamady
They should have left it the way it was before.
Laro Larore
No
Jeff Perrine
Meh, looks like I'll be driving the Magnum for a long time.
Josh Hoover
I can't look away. It hurts
Josh Hoover
Effed that one up
Mike Dewsberry
Scrap it and try again you dumbasses.
Mike Dewsberry
Hello it looks like a glorified dart!!!! Duh!!!!
Barry MacKinnon
just looks to much like a taxi
Mercury Swift
Never have, never will!
Duke Parden
No
Jorge Escudero Basurto
No, btw Never liked the Charger
John Kurtz
Nice!!
Adam Mitchell
No. Looks like crap
Keith B. Reed
Nice!
Joseph Whiskey Beale
Hell no...
Vince Anello
Look like a Dart but that's not a bad thing!
Laird William Gillespie
Kinda like a larger Dart in front.
Chris Matrixsagent
looks wimpy now
Jason Beeharry
Finally Italian touches to it's cars!!
Jose Juan Morales
I hate how car makers keep trying to make all their models look alike!
Malachi Szarafinski
looks great but wasn't it redesigned 3 years ago
Andrew Wilson
No
Pouria Darzehkanani
Sami
Rob Eckaus
10 years on the same platform is okay if it has an 8-speed automatic and an aluminum engine block.
Christian Schmidt
Nothing special looks like it will just be another boring rental car.
Big-Rig Stig
But it's rearwheel drive and a V-8 which makes it infinitely better than a dart
Mark Schmidt
I like it, but it would look soooo much better with the bar between the grills painted the body color instead of black.....
Trevor Rogers
Looks too much like the Dart
Big-Rig Stig
The cops are stylin now!
Terry Meil
still 4 doors.....why!?!?
Fonzo Ro Ma
When are they gonna finish the front?
Mike Latimer
Swollen dart
Jeremy Jimenez
I like it. But the 2014 SRT still looks better
Alton J Wetzel
Wow..nicely done Dodge! Michael Tognarelli
Barry Ratzlaff
Better adaptation than camry
Romero Romero
Wow really nice
Michael Carrizales
Ugly
William Hinton
Looks good,,, but the charger badge doesn't belong on this car anymore. Just looks like a bigger more muscular version of the dart. They should kept it the same like with the Challenger.
Glenn Flosdorf
Am I the only one that thinks it looks a little like the Camaro from the front??
James Hall
I kinda like it
Jeff Smith
Still has too many doors
Steve Yelich
Yeah making it look like a Dart was the stupidest thing they could have done. The Charger HAD its own identity.
Jim Brewster
I believe your high end cars styling should impact your lower end cars...not vice-versa! A big fat Dart....hmmm

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