2011 Dodge Charger: First Look

2011DodgeCharger

  • Competes with: Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon
  • Looks like: Dodge isn’t done with retro
  • Drivetrain: 3.6-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8, rear or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: End of 2010

The redesigned Dodge Charger doesn’t look remarkably different from the current model at first glance, at least if you’re looking at the grille. Once you start to move around the large sedan, the curve scooped out of the doorsills shocks you, and then the single bar back will blow you away.


Overall, the redesign is a smash hit for fans of the Challenger coupe and the original Charger concept car from over a decade ago that featured both the single bar tail and the scalloped sides. Standout features include an aluminum hood and the 164 LEDs that make up the taillights. Hope you can replace them one at a time.
 
Unfortunately, Dodge didn’t provide interior photos, but for some reason it went into great detail describing what it looks like.  “Meant to evoke the golden age of performance cars, the driver-centric design theme of the 2011 Dodge Charger's interior cockpit is instantly brought to life by the new driver's instrument-panel bezel. It showcases a seamless, billeted and highly detailed appearance that carries through the instrument cluster, center stack and center console. The 2011 Charger also features a new thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for enhanced performance feel and grip.” OK.
 
What we do know is that the base Charger, the SE, will get the company’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, which should make the car more competent than the outgoing V-6 models. That engine will also be offered in a Rallye trim. The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 returns to the R/T with either rear or all-wheel drive.

Performance figures have not been released. We expect to learn more, including pricing, closer to the on-sale date later this year. For now check out the pictures Dodge released below.

By David Thomas | October 5, 2010 | Comments (14)

Comments 

kj

Great looking retro tail-lights, but the rest of the exterior is nothing special.

65Chrysler300

I was hoping for something that resembled a classic Charger more. But at least its more like one than the 2010.

roger

WOW!!! the front is "sick"...my instant reaction was "viper" (<-snake). even i wanna avoid it lol.

soakee

It still has 4 doors, so I can't take it seriously as a Charger.

L

Oh man, they got rid of the "hip"... I don't like it!

Parrots

Oh Gosh!!!

Shorebreak

There is nothing really exciting there. What we have is a few design changes while the designers mull over what to come up with under their new owners FIAT. Personally, I would like to see a return of a larger four door sedan, perhaps named the "Coronet" with a series of available engines ranging up to a 6.0 S/T option. Give me a bench seat in front with a column mounted shift lever. The current Charger is cramped and doesn't deserve such a distinguished nameplate.

Anonymous Coward

How soon before they release the 2.7 liter fleet special with most of the standard features deleted?

Willy Style

Nice looking for a family Sedan.

This car is a failure as a muscle car.

Tell me who is going to purchase a Hemi 4 DR Charger to hold onto for a few generations, so that when they are in their Golden Years they can be seen driving a Cool old 4 DR car.

No wonder Dodge needed a Bail-out

Allen

Its.... just different enough. And somehow... I like this. I hated the old body style. Why do I like this one so much more?

Jay

I think they made the right decision to make a safe redesign and keep cues from the previous Charger. Current Charger owners will gladly trade up for the new one (except for SRT's)...

DodgeFan

I personally never liked the old Charger but did like the Challenger. Now at least their is family continuity. It might to be to little to late for Dodge and Chysler.

Ron

I really like the charger I use to be only Chev when growing up in the late 60'I own a 2006 R/T its a great car with powerI like the new one too its going back to the days of olds just with 4 doors. I rode in old school chargers and had camaros with big power no of these cars from that era has the power and response these new cars have. I' am old school but love the Charger and the camaros and mustang of today. still own 68 camaro 396. 375hp four speed.

Pfff this car have a awesome design. I like it a lot.

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