At the 2014 New York Auto Show last month, Dodge reaffirmed its commitment to the muscle car with the unveiling of the refreshed 2015 Charger (along with the Challenger coupe). When that big red sedan descended from a scissor lift and rolled onto the stage, it was apparent that this new Charger is the same as the old one, but different. That’s exactly what it needs to be. Cars need to evolve to stay relevant, but the Charger is inherently more traditional than most.
The biggest change by far for 2015 involves the Charger’s styling, specifically the front end. The old car’s scowling face is gone, replaced by a wider grille and slimmer headlights that make for a somewhat Dart-like front fascia. Although Dodge says most parts are new, the rest of the exterior looks basically the same as last year, featuring a curvaceous shape and side sculpting that reference the classic two-door 1968-70 Charger. That Charger is an automotive icon, and the modern version is one of the most distinctive-looking sedans on the road. Considering how limited the changes were, the 2015 looks quite different from the 2014, which is exactly what was needed to keep the car fresh.
There will probably be some detractors who say the new look doesn’t fit the Charger, but then again that was the case back in 2005, when the then-new four-door Charger was considered somewhat heretical by hardcore fans. Both versions look pretty darn good, though, so it would be hard to fault someone for making either choice.
Interior design, comfort, amenities
Like the exterior, much of the interior of the 2015 Charger is carried over from the 2014 model. However, the new model does get a different steering wheel and an automatic-transmission shifter that looks like it operates a large piece of industrial machinery. In reality, the shifter isn’t connected to anything, because it’s fully electronic.
Techists will appreciate the new 7-inch reconfigurable TFT gauge cluster. There’s also an optional 8.4-inch center-stack display featuring Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system. While tech sells, the changes here probably won’t be as meaningful to performance-minded buyers. Too many bells and whistles can be distracting, after all.
Those new transmissions will likely be the only things that contribute to any increased performance in 2015 models. Things will get more interesting when the next Charger SRT arrives. Dodge is reportedly developing a supercharged V8, codenamed “Hellcat” for the Challenger, and since the Charger rides on the same platform it wouldn’t be surprising if the the new engine found its way into the four-door muscle car. The Hellcat is rumored to produce around 600 hp, which would blow the doors off the 2014 Charger SRT’s already-impressive 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Article By Stephen Edelstein
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