Relaunched in February 2005 as a sports full-size sedan, the Dodge Charger was created to replace the Dodge Intrepid and it has been quite a success for Chrysler. And now, five years later, the Auburn Hills company decided it was time to refresh the model and has announced the all new 2011 Charger, Dodge’s flagship vehicle. The highlights of this model include a styling redesign, a new RWD architecture and a major technology upgrade.
On the exterior, the new Charger boasts the same “ready to attack the road” face with Dodge’s new “split crosshair” signature grille, while dual “scallops” on the aluminum hood further increase the aggressive look. Dodge is very proud on the car’s profile, after they worked a lot on its aerodynamics, the results being a lower hood line, faster windshield, tighter wheel openings, lower sill and race-car-like flat underbody.
Also, Large body-side scallops deliver a striking A-line across the doors, while front to rear is the iconic horizontal “coke bottle” or “double-diamond” body-side styling that creates Charger’s signature tapering silhouette. Also, one of the most important styling upgrades is the all new tail-lamp design that integrates 164 LEDs to form the “racetrack” graphic.
While there weren’t a lot of details about the interior in the press release, Dodge mentions Charger customers will definitely get premium materials throughout, a new thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel and four available interior color combinations. However, what passengers will really love will be the Uconnect Touch system that integrates, among others, Garmin® navigation, dual-zone climate controls and the ability to check fuel prices with SIRIUS Travel Link.
Chrysler are also very proud about the interior being a lot more sound proof, after engineers worked on features such as a dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam and under-flush roll-framed doors with triple seals and acoustic wheel-well liners.
As for the mechanical part, the 2011 Dodge Charger will be available with AWD and the new second-generation E-segment rear-wheel drive (RWD) architecture featuring suspension-tunings with redesigned geometry. The AWD models also feature active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system which improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent.
The engine offer includes a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine for the SE and Rallye models, while the top-of-the-line Charger R/T will get the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with four-cylinder mode FuelSaver Technology. Besides AWD, the R/T version will also get a re-thought stance and 19-inch wheels.
Dodge has also paid a lot of attention to safety and security, so the new Charger features more than 65 technologies aimed at looking after the driver and the passengers. Among these technologies, there’s standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready-alert Braking and Rainy Day Brake Support and, for the first time on a Dodge, adaptive-cruise control (ACC) with forward-collision warning (FCW), blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with rear cross path (RCP) detection and ParkView rear back-up camera with grid lines.
The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger will be built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario (Canada) and the first units will arrive in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010.