2015 Dodge Charger: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Chevrolet SS, Chevrolet Impala

Looks like: Dodge Dart styling replaced retro-chic

Powertrains: Standard 292 hp, 3.6-liter V-6, optional 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8; eight-speed automatic; optional all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

It used to be that nearly every American brand had a big rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered sedan as its mainstream family car. Those days are gone, and of the dozens of choices only two remain and one of those is the Dodge Charger.

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It's the least-expensive full-size rear-wheel-drive sedan you can buy, but according to Dodge, that's not why the majority of its owners buy it - more than half of its buyers are young people, Millennials and Generation X-ers who cite the primary reason for buying a Charger as its style and powertrains. So for them, it's a sports car - cross-shopped most often with Dodge's own Challenger, believe it or not.

Exterior

The updates Dodge has made for 2015 reflect the brand's desire to move the Charger to a more modern, less retro look - it's leaving the nostalgia market to the Challenger coupe. Despite the car being dimensionally the same as the current model, the 2015 Charger looks considerably different. Shorter, actually, an effect of having its corners chopped off in favor of much more curvaceous sheet metal.

Up front, a new grille, headlights, bumper and fog lights create a completely different look for the Charger, one that draws heavy similarities to other Dodge family products like the Dart compact and Durango SUV. That aggressive face features new signature LED running lights and a blacked-out grille on the R/T model; other trim levels get body color grilles. The sides look the same, but the scallop in the doors has been smoothed out a bit.

In back Dodge designers said that they "chain-sawed" off the rear corners of the car, those square and muscular haunches that defined the current Charger and drew inspiration from the 1969 model. Taillights are still the LED "racetrack" look that debuted on the current Charger and which has spread to most of the rest of the lineup. The new look is much more taut and svelte, almost European in its dimensions. Two new colors are available as well, TorRed and B5 Blue, iconic hues that Dodge has pulled out of its history books.

 

Interior

Inside, the changes are less dramatic. The dashboard has been slightly revised with some new materials, and incorporates the optional next-generation Chrysler Uconnect multimedia system. Chrysler's latest trend is to put a big, reconfigurable LCD display in between the round tachometer and speedometer gauges, and a 7-inch one now appears in the Charger too, behind a new three-spoke steering wheel. Seats get some new materials, but tan is no longer an option - the interior is black, with standard black cloth or optional black, red or white leather depending on trim level.

New for the Charger is Performance Pages, the app that's part of Uconnect that was previously only available on the SRT versions of the car. It allows the owner to call up all sorts of meters and gauges in both the central gauge cluster and on the Uconnect touch-screen to measure zero-60-mph times, g-forces, quarter-mile times, engine output, temperatures and more. Uconnect Mobile allows customers to use a number of their own apps in the car, such as Aha, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker, and play them over an optional Beats Audio premium sound system.

 

Under the Hood

Engines carry over from the current Charger, but neither needed much changing. Standard will be a 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and sending power to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is optional on SE and SXT grades. The combination is good for a surprising 31 mpg highway, but if more power is your desire, Dodge is still offering its 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, also now mated to the eight-speed automatic. The big Hemi can hit 60 mph in the high-5-second range, says the company, while cylinder deactivation helps keep fuel economy from being too atrocious (Dodge has not published estimated numbers for the V-8). Opt for the Road & Track Package and you'll get a more aggressive 3.07 rear axle ratio, instead of the standard 2.62 ratio, and special engine and transmission calibration for faster acceleration.

 

Safety

The Charger adds several new-for-2015 safety features, including forward collision warning with autonomous braking, which can bring the car to a stop if a collision appears imminent. Adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go feature is now available, as is lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors with an autonomous stopping feature and 911 assist that can be summoned by the push of a button.

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Comments 

Kyle W

I personally think this new Charger looks awesome. Great job Dodge! I just think the interior should've been changed a bit more

Ken L.

The front end makes you think the rest of the car is swoopy coupe-like, the rear is too Dart-like, and it's just not right. I like the current one more. It's bold and angular. There's no mistaken that it's a MUSCLE car.

Aaron

Bring back the wagon version! The Magnum R/T based on the new styling would be awesome!

Tony

Charger looks hot on the outside. On the inside - not so much

Austin

Front end reminds me of a Cylon. Otherwise, I like it.

Steve

Is putting the Dart's nose on this and the Chrysler 200 really a good thing? The last I knew, Dart sales were pitiful and I think the next 200 will lack the sales Chrysler is looking for. Let me guess: the next 300 will look like a Dart front end too? Copy and paste must be a designer's best friend.

Angela B

I have a 2013 Dodge Charger and love it. This new 2015 looks like a glorified Dart. I guess this 2013 will be my last Charger until the undo the mess they made.

#LikeABoss

I quite like the new styling, both inside and out. I hope it looks the same in person...

Erik

This car is not hot at all. Not aggressive at all. The 06-11 model is still the best.

Mike

Horrible! Car is great as far as superb interior, options, performance, etc. But that UGLYYYYYYYYYY front and rear, the stupid euro trashy style headlights that wrap around the front, the horrible spoiler, etc. The exterior is NOT a Charger. It is a Dart II And no V8 upgrade??? Now V8 AWD offered? Complete fail! It has lost all meanness and Charger personality. Just another basic, ugly styled sedan. The name needs to be changed because nothing that looks like that should smear the Charger name. Feedback online seems like 8/10 hate it. Pontiac sold some Aztecs, so some people will buy this.

Mike

Oh yeah. Those rims are absolutely HIDEOUS!

Raj

Just watch, the new 2015 Dodge Charger is going to sell like hotcakes. The haters and naysayers can keep on comparing it to the Dart and that's fine, in the end it won't matter, the new Charger is going to be an unbelievable success. And the interior is far better than before. I've been watching the Charger for years and lamenting on the poor styling, performance, crappy 5-spd transmission, and lack of quality materials inside. FINALLY, Dodge has gotten their heads out of their asses and perhaps they noticed the steps that Chevrolet took in refining the exterior and interior of the Corvette Stingray, who knows, and who cares what the reason was. The point is the 2015 Charger with its 8-spd transmission, better performance, better materials, and AWESOME exterior changes is gonna be a game changer for Dodge. I drive a really nice BMW M, so I pay attention to the details and I'm very impressed with what Dodge has built and can't wait to buy a 2015 Charger, hopefully an SRT :)

Kyle

@Raj,

Dodge is showing pics of its sportiest model which is why there is such backlash. Most people liked the more aggressive model with a Chrome grill.

With that being said Chrysler Corp isnt stupid and Im willing to bet there will be models out there with a chrome grill and the black bumper being painted the same body color giving it the more traditional look for the other trim lines. Once the more conservative models hit the show floor most people wont mind the look.

What Dodge needs to do is offer pics with a chrome grill, painted front bumper, and more traditional full chrome wheels.

This way the full spectrum of buyers will be satisfied.

mike

Look what they've done to my car, MA!!
2006 Dodge Charger Daytona, numbered edition. (Looks like it's moving when it's parked!) That was the best and they stopped it. Why? this new one is just terrible. Nice little Dart, tho. Guess I just keep mine longer and maybe get a Genesis in a few years, when I don't mind just driving a car and not being excited about one.

DLB

Compared to dart is a lot better than comparing it to avenger like it used to look like.

eddie nelson

all i can say is i am truly glad i waited to buy a charger. never understood why they never "upgraded " that sorry a$$ 5 speed tranny. even though the 2014 body style looked better than the older one. i was never going to "settle' for a sweet car and my grandfathers tranny. now i can finally go get one. THANKS FIAT..

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