Facelifted 2019 Dodge Charger breaks cover with updated face and performance
More visual and actual performance for the sedan
Along with the release of the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Dodge has lifted the veils off the facelifted 2019 Charger, including in SRT Hellcat specification.
For the 2019 model year, Dodge is reshuffling the Charger lineup into six distinct models ranging from the V8-powered Charger SRT Hellcat to the V6-powered Charger GT RWD and the Charger SXT AWD model.
2019 Charger SRT Hellcat
Starting with the Charger SRT Hellcat muscle car, Dodge says it remains the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world thanks to the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that continues to deliver 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. As before, the engine is mated to a quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
New for 2019 are a new performance grille with dual inlets that feeds cooler, outside air into the engine, a Satin Black painted hood option, and available Brass Monkey 20-inch forged wheels. Interior updates include new instrument panel badging and an Alcantara interior package.
The Hellcat also gains four race-inspired technologies as standard. Those include Launch Assist (modifies engine torque to regain full grip following wheel hop at launch), Line Lock (engages the front brakes to keep the car stationary but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout), After-Run Chiller (keeps cooling the supercharger/charge air cooler after the engine is shut off), and Torque Reserve (generates a reserve of torque that is delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop).
2019 Charger R/T Scat Pack
Still the Charger SRT Hellcat
Powered by a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter HEMI V8, the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack continues to deliver 485 hp and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque, channeled to the rear wheels by the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2019, the model gains Launch Assist and Line Lock as standard, while a new switch on the dash offers quick access to initialize Launch Control. Styling-wise, the Charger R/T Scat Pack features the same performance grille with dual air inlets from the SRT Hellcat, and adds a new Scat Pack bee badge on the deck lid that replaces the R/T badge.
Also standard are a new Dark Dub Plate instrument panel and Houndstooth cloth performance seat with an added Scat Pack bee logo. The list of options welcomes features like Dual Carbon stripes, a Satin Black-painted hood, and Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension.
2019 Charger R/T
Also a Charger SRT Hellcat
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T continues with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 rated at 370 hp and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm) of torque and hooked to a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
It adopts a sportier look for 2019 thanks to additions like the performance hood, fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler and seats. More importantly, the R/T promises to be more thrilling to drive thanks to mechanical upgrades including a standard performance suspension, 2.62 rear axle ratio, and enhanced steering.
Also new are a steering wheel with paddle shifters, Houndstooth cloth bolstered performance seats, new Dark Dub Plate instrument panel, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, and new 20-inch Satin Carbon and Black Noise wheel options. Customers can now spec the new Cold Weather Package, which adds heated steering wheel, heated cloth driver and passenger seats.
2019 Charger SXT AWD
The Charger SRT Hellcat, again
A new grade for 2019, the Charger SXT AWD is powered by a Pentastar V6 engine rated at 300 hp and 264 lb-ft (358 Nm) and mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and an automatic AWD system with an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. Dodge claims this model will deliver up to 27 mpg on the highway.
Available options for the SXT AWD include a new Caramel Nappa leather interior, Houndstooth cloth sport seats and the Blacktop Package, which includes a new 19-inch Black Noise wheel. This model also offers the Cold Weather Package.
2019 Dodge Charger GT
You've guessed it, it's the 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat
Here’s another new model for 2019 that features the same V6 engine and transmission as the SXT AWD but no all-wheel drive. It adopts a sportier look thanks to new standard features including a performance hood, fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler and seats.
The GT also comes with a standard performance suspension, 3.07 rear axle ratio, enhanced steering with paddle shifters, Houndstooth cloth bolstered performance seats, new Dark Dub Plate instrument panel, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, and new 20-inch Satin Carbon and Black Noise wheel options.
The new Cold Weather Package is also available on GT, including heated steering wheel and heated cloth driver and passenger seats.
2019 Dodge Charger SXT
One last time, the 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat
The base model remains the Charger SXT, powered by a standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 rated at 292 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque, working with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2019, the Charger SXT gains standard electronic stability control, remote start, cruise control, electric power steering, capless fuel filler, automatic halogen projector headlamps with LED accents, and three 12-volt power outlets.
Available options include Houndstooth cloth sport seats, a new Caramel Nappa leather interior, the Blacktop Package, and the new Cold Weather Package.
Dodge has already started taking orders for the 2019 Charger, with deliveries scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of 2018.