The wait is over for the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger, though with a quick glance at the photos, it seems ‘all-new’ is a bit of a stretch. But while everything but the front grille may look carried over, nearly every body panel has been updated. The subtle changes continue inside with a reworked dashboard, a more techno-laden gauge cluster, a new center stack, and a sweet T-handle gear selector.
Things under the hood are still familiar, too. The base 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 returns, as does the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The transmission options have changed, however. The eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic is now standard across the board, helping the Pentastar V-6 achieve 31 mpg highway while assisting the 5.7-liter HEMI sprint to 60 mph in roughly 5 seconds.
The interior sees a host of electronic upgrades and new technologies within Chrysler’s latest version of Uconnect. Voice texting, updated 3D navigation, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and the all-new Dodge Performance pages all find a home within the 8.4-inch touch screen. That latter item holds a plethora of performance options and customizable settings including launch control and its rpm settings, performance timers, extra gauges, and even a g-force meter.
Matching the updated and more upmarket interior is the Charger’s reworked outer skin. The most noticeable changes lie up front with its more Dodge Dart -like appearance. Around to the sides are scalloped doors still flowing into the large rear haunches and then to a detail-rich rear fascia. A new crop of wheels completes the 2015 transformation.
Click past the jump for the complete run-down on the 2015 Dodge Charger
Updated 04/14/2014: Ahead of its debut in New York, we’ve created a quick rendering of what we think the upcoming Charger will look like.
the front end does resemble the down-turned, snarling snout of the Dart, with its smaller grille opening, squinty headlights, and glossy-black crosshairs. Flowing upward from the center crosshair is an accent line traveling onto the new hood.
The majority of the changes for 2015 include the updated exterior. The obvious changes up front along with the more subtle changes out back make the Charger look more like a longer, wider Dodge Dart . And on an initial impression, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
More objectively, the front end does resemble the down-turned, snarling snout of the Dart, with its smaller grille opening, squinty headlights, and glossy-black crosshairs. Flowing upward from the center crosshair is an accent line traveling onto the new hood. The all-new sheet metal includes a larger power dome than before and new ‘bow wake’ accent lines trailing rearward of the grille. The high-arching fender bulges complete the look.
LED fog lamps, turn signals, and daytime running lights – along with HID headlights on premium trims give the updates a bit of polish.
Out back the large LED taillight assembly returns, though with a new tweaks to match the Dart look-alike theme. The look is cleaner than before, but also less menacing. A new rear three-piece decklid spoiler adds extra vertical height, while the integrated chrome-tipped dual exhaust bring attentions downwards. No less than seven new 20-inch wheel options come on the Charger and two new ‘heritage’ paint colors help bring in a retro flair. Other wheel sizes are available on lesser trim models, totaling 10 wheels altogether.
The more rounded overall appearance and Dart-like features of the new Charger has, at least in my opinion, weakened its image. Generally automakers allow their small cars to carry cues and themes from the larger, more powerful and expensive cars to help liven up the lineup; not the other way around. The Charger seems to have lost its wide-shoulder stance from the previous year. Is the 2015 Charger still an awesome car with a great powertrain lineup and rear-wheel-drive? Yes. The exterior changes haven’t negated the muscle car characteristics still rumbling through those dual exhausts tips.
2015 Dodge Charger - Exterior Dimensions
|Wheelbase||120.2 Inches (3,052 MM)|
|Track, Front||63.4 Inches (1,611 MM)|
|Track, Rear||63.8 Inches (1,620 MM)|
|Overall Length||199.9 Inches (5,077 MM)|
|Overall Width||75.0 Inches (1,905 MM)|
|Overall Height||58.4 Inches (1,482 MM)|
A new steering wheel is present, also shared by the Dodge Durango.
The familiarity continues inside the burly four-door sedan. The dashboard layout, center stack and door panels are all returning with minor changes. A new steering wheel is present, also shared by the Dodge Durango. The wheel’s multifunction buttons control the center 7-inch TFT screen inside the gauge cluster, scrolling through numerous menus and customizable displays. Also new for 2015 is the T-handle gear selector. It’s still an e-shifter like all TorqueFlite transmission selectors are, but this one just looks like it has a meaty row.
In the center stack, an available 5.0- or 8.4-inch infotainment screen predominantly resides. Both feature the latest version of Chrysler’s Uconnect software. The system includes voice control, voice texting, WiFi hotspot connectivity, Bluetooth, updated 3D navigation, and the available Beats audio system. What’s more, Uconnect will allow occupants to stream wirelessly internet radio from Aha, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Slacker through the system, with the controls located on screen verses just on the smartphone or tablet.
2015 Dodge Charger - Interior Dimensions
|Head room||38.6 (981) |
36.9 (938.4) with sunroof
|Shoulder room||59.5 (1,510)|
|Hip room||56.2 (1,428)|
|Seat travel||Driver — 10.0 (255) |
Passenger — 8.66 (220)
|Recliner angle range, deg.||Power — 70.7 |
Manual — 70
|EPA front row interior volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)||55.6 (1.573)|
|Head room||36.6 (930.6) |
36.6 (930.6) with sunroof
|Knee clearance||3.9 (99)|
|Shoulder room||57.9 (1,472)|
|Hip room||56.1 (1,425)|
|EPA second row interior volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)||49.2 (1.393)|
Powering the Charger forward are the two returning engines from last year: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 making 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque; along with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 making 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet.
Powering the Charger forward are the two returning engines from last year: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 making 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque; along with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 making 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet. The Pentastar does enjoy a power boost to 300 horsepower and 264 pound feet of toque with the optional Rallye Appearance Group which adds a cold-air intake, sport-tuned exhaust, and a recalibrated ECU.
Fuel economy for the 3.6-liter is impressive, even in its 300-horse configuration, getting 31 mpg highway. The HEMI isn’t quite as good on gas, though it does benefit from cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing, and the extra gears in the 8-speed automatic for 2015. Dodge hasn’t released the actual numbers yet, but the 2014 Charger got 25 mpg highway with the old 5-speed auto, so improvements should be expected. Both RWD and AWD are available, thought the HEMI/AWD combination is no longer an option.
Sadly, Dodge hasn’t mentioned anything regarding the Hellcat engine within the Charger lineup. It’s possible that announcement will come later in the car’s life.
A Sport mode is optional as well and when selected, drops transmission shift times down from roughly 400 milliseconds to around 250, making shifts cleaner and more exciting.
Keeping all that power in check is a host of safety equipment. Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Park Sense, Brake Assist, and an updated rearview camera with overlaid guidelines for accurate backing.
2015 Dodge Charger - Drivetrain Specifications
|Type and Description||5.7-LITER HEMI® V-8 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled with variable-cam timing (VCT)||3.6 V-6 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled|
|Displacement||345 cu. in. (5654 cu. cm)||220 cu. in. (3604 cu. cm)|
|Bore x Stroke||3.92 x 3.58 (99.5 x 90.9)||3.78 x 3.27 in. (96.0 x 83.0 mm)|
|Valve System||Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves, eight deactivating and eight conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller followers||Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless|
|Construction||Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers||Aluminum deep-skirt block with aluminum-alloy heads|
|Power (SAE net)||370 bhp (276 kW) @ 5,250 rpm (64.9 bhp/liter) — R/T||292 bhp (218 kW) @ 6,350 rpm (81.1 bhp/liter) |
300 bhp (224 kW) @ 6,350 rpm (83.3 bhp/liter) with Rallye Appearance Group
|Torque (SAE net)||395 lb.-ft. (536 N•m) @ 4,200 rpm — R/T||260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) @ 4,800 rpm |
264 lb.-ft. (358 N•m) @ 4,800 rpm with Rallye Appearance Group
|Max. Engine Speed||5,800 rpm (electronically limited)||6,400 rpm (electronically limited)|
Dodge hasn’t release any word on pricing for the 2015 Charger, but we expect it to stay generally close to the current model’s pricing setup. Currently a base Charger sells for $26,995 with the price jumping to nearly $50,000 with the SRT edition. Since the SRT Charger hasn’t been announced, the top price for a 2015 will likely top out around the upper $30,000 range. Four trim levels will be available: SE, SXT, R/T, and R/T Road & Track.
We have a sneaking suspicion that we’re in for a sleeker and more aerodynamic Charger in 2015. The headlights were recently teased, so those were easy to figure out. The cross-hair grille is more rounded, and the headlights are fully revised, giving the fascia a smoother look. The hood also becomes more aerodynamic, the doors are more streamlined, and the roofline has almost a coupe-like look. Given we haven’t seen any spy shots of this upcoming revision, we are pretty much flying blindly here. Let us know what you think of the render in the comments below.
Launched in 2010 and refreshed in 2013, the sixth-generation Ford Taurus is a bit younger than the Charger. Also a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the Blue Oval-badged sedan is more suited to fight against the Impala, leaving the Charger to rule the rear-wheel-drive turf on its own.
The entry-level Taurus is powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The available 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-pot sends 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet to the wheels, while the twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which is available only with the SHO model with all-wheel drive, tops the lineup at 365 horsepower and 350 pound—feet of torque.
On the fuel economy front, the 2014 Taurus returns up to 29 mpg highway and 19 mpg city, according to estimated provided by the EPA. Ford’s largest sedan is priced from $26,780, while the range-topping SHO begins at $39,980.
The tenth-generation Impala, which is larger and more upscale than the previous model, was introduced in 2013 for the 2014 model year. Sharing underpinning with the Cadillac XTS, the Impala sits on a front-wheel-drive configuration and comes with a choice of three powertrains.
The base model is motivated by a 2.5-liter, inline-four unit that delivers 195 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque, while the available 3.6-liter V-6 cranks out 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. The third powertrain option is a 2.4-liter with eAssist "hybrid" that outputs 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Don’t hold your breath for a V-8 competitor for the range-topping Charger. Ain’t gonna happen!
Fuel efficiency ratings go as high as 31 mpg highway for the 2.5-liter version. The Chevrolet Impala starts from $27,535, which makes it only $540 more expensive than the current Charger. The top-level LTZ trim with the V-6 engine will fetch at least $36,580 until Chevy decides otherwise.
For those looking to get their V-8, four-door muscle car on, but don’t fancy the Charger, Chevrolet does have an answer. The Chevrolet SS made its way all the way from the Land Down Under as a re-badged Holden Commodore, and it carries with it a 6.2-liter V-8 that is sure to get the family to Sunday brunch in a hurry, thanks to its 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.
This massive V-8 hooks up to a six-speed auto trans that delivers power to the rear wheels, which allows it to hit 60 mph in a scant 4.9 seconds. This certainly isn’t your grandma’s comfy Caprice, ladies and gentlemen...
The only problems with the SS is that its base price of $45,770 is way up there, putting it in between the the Charger R/T and SRT8, and that it is not the easiest car to find at dealers.
Gallery Chevrolet SS Performance
When introduced in 1966, the Dodge Charger was a two-door coupe meant to take on rival offering from Ford and General Motors. The vehicle went on to become an iconic figure in the muscle car era, before being discontinued in 1978.
The Charger nameplate was revived in 1983 as a subcompact, front-wheel-drive model powered by inline-four engines, but quickly disappeared after the 1987 model year.
Dodge ultimately revived the Charger for the 2006 model year, creating quite a buzz putting the famous badge on a four-door sedan. The past eight years, the Charger received numerous special edition models paying tribute to the classic model, including the Daytona R/T , the Super Bee , and, more recently, the Scat Pack .
The new Charger is definitely a more evolutionary change more than an revolutionary one. The overall design of car is still unchanged despite the new front and rear fascias and reworked interior. The addition of the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic to the HEMI engine helps move the Charger into this decade and further up the mpg scale, though its disappointing both engines are completely unchanged from last year.
Perhaps the design will grow better with time and familiarity, but at the first few glances, it’s hard not to see the Dart’s skimpy personality tacked onto a once-menacing car. Sure, the new Charger looks mean, but in a different way. It just seems to have lost ‘the look.’ Perhaps this new look with come of age, but right now, the Charger looks like a boated Dart.
- New looks keep the Charger fresh
- 8-speed TorqueFlite across the board
- Updated interior with latest Uconnect
- Refresh looks like a warmed-over Dart
- Not that much seems different
- No word on Pricing, MPG figures, or Hellcat engine
Gallery Dodge Charger
The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.
The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.
―Our Dodge designers have resculpted nearly every single body panel of the Dodge Charger for 2015, giving it a sleek, nimble appearance,‖ said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO - Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. ―The Charger’s all-new exterior design combined with its standard new TorqueFlite eight- speed transmission and the latest in-car technology builds on the brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling for our customers.‖
The 2015 Dodge Charger will be available in four models: SE, SXT, R/T and R/T Road & Track. Charger is built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant in Canada. Production is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Charger continues to grow its market share
The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.
The Charger’s combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger’s purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors’ buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers.
The Charger’s appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009.
To help Charger keep its edge, Dodge is loading up the new sedan with a slew of new technologies and a host of premium features, such as high-end interiors, the latest Uconnect System and impressive powertrain options, along with a new exterior design that is distinctly Dodge. New feature updates for 2015 include:
New exterior styling
• New hood
• New fenders
• New front and rear fascias
• New front doors
• New three-piece spoiler (standard R/T)
• New Dodge signature LED racetrack tail lamps
• New projector headlamps (high-intensity discharge headlamps on premium trims)
• New LED fog lamps (SXT and R/T)
• New center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL)
• New wheels for all price classes, including available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheels
• New 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models
• Six different 20-inch wheel styles available
• New heritage colors, including B5 Blue, which accompanies classic high-impact TorRed
New interior styling and materials
• New 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital gauge cluster
• New instrument panel center stack with next-generation radio and 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch
touchscreen displays with 3-D navigation and downloadable apps
• New three-spoke thick rim steering wheel with available paddle shifters
• New performance-inspired electronic shifter
• New Dodge Performance Pages (R/T Road & Track)
• Eight all-new interior trims, including:
o New Black and Tungsten cloth (replaces Light Frost Beige on SXT and R/T) o New Black and Pearl leather (replaces Tan leather)
o New Black and Ruby Red (replaces Radar Red leather)
Included trial of Uconnect Access Services o 9-1-1 call/Assist Call
o Roadside Assistance Call
o Theft-alarm notification
o Uconnect Access App for remote services o Yelp
o Voice texting
o Wi-Fi hotspot (service available)
• New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
• New Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop
• New advanced Brake Assist
• New full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus
• New dynamic gridlines displayed with the rear camera view to show projected path of vehicle based on driver steering input
• New TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on all models
• New fully hemmed rear wheelhouse to accommodate larger tires
• All-wheel-drive (AWD) with front-axle disconnect available on SXT and, now for 2015, SE model
’Pure’formance, Aero’dramatics’ and ’Fun’ctionality in Design
Inspired by its performance-enthusiast roots when Charger first launched more than 45 years ago, the new Charger successfully pays homage to past muscle cars while offering distinctly modern all-new exterior and interior appointments.
The all-new exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, and for 2015, specifically draws its cues from the 1969 model. With its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform and proven power, the Charger’s modern take on old-school muscle is sure to resonate with today’s enthusiasts.
The Charger’s easily recognizable Coke-bottle design and scalloped body sides, sinister front crosshairs and aggressive stance and signature LED ―racetrack‖ tail lamps all get a major makeover for 2015 with cleaner lines to create a sleek, chiseled, nimble and lighter weight appearance. The exterior redesign includes changes to the hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, headlamps, tail lamps, front doors and spoiler.
Starting up front, the 2015 Charger’s new front styling features an all-new crosshair grille, LED fog lamps (on SXT and R/T), turn signals and daytime running lights (DRLs), and new projector-beam headlamps (HID lights on premium trims). The Charger’s all-new forward-leaning front fascia gives it a superhero’s confident stance. Blacked out front-end graphics create a mask that creates a family resemblance with the Dodge Dart and Durango. Slim, elongated DRLs and a full-width grille enhance the width of the sedan; Dodge logos are echoed in the outside corner of each headlamp.
In profile, the 2015 Charger carries forward its muscular Coke-bottle styling, with streamlined side scallops, while headlamps and tail lamps are now wrapped around each corner to create a trim, sinuous and tailored look. The net effect is that the car appears significantly lighter and more nimble.
The rear styling makeover begins at the touchdown point of the C-pillar, which is moved rearward to create an even more pronounced fastback appearance combined with a shorter rear overhang. A new three-piece spoiler is more integrated into the decklid, while the signature ―racetrack‖ LED tail lamp takes on the same continuous glowing ribbon of light that debuted on the new 2014 Dodge Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the decklid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger’s backup camera.
All-new wheels and heritage colors complete the palette
All Charger models receive new wheels. A total of 10 wheels are available with 20-inch wheels standard on R/T models. In fact, six different 20-inch wheels are available on Charger for 2015, including an available 20-by-9-inch forged aluminum wheel finished in matte Hyper Black II paint. Special heritage colors include TorRed and new B5 Blue, along with Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl and Bright White.
Driver-oriented interior with craftsmanship and world-class materials
The 2015 Charger’s restyled driver-focused interior features all-new premium, soft-touch materials, a new 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital instrument gauge cluster and a new instrument panel center stack with a next-generation audio system embedded in the stack’s standard touchscreen display.
The Charger’s interior is instantly brought to life by its unique premium aluminum-lithograph driver bezel, which enables a seamless, billeted and highly detailed appearance that carries through the instrument cluster and center console. Thanks to advanced manufacturing techniques, the aluminum bezel features one-piece construction for a consistent appearance from nearly the A-pillar to the surrounding area of the Uconnect system, highlighting all the ergonomically located vehicle functions for the driver.
The instrument cluster has also been given the high-tech treatment and now includes a full-color 7-inch TFT screen similar to the one found in the 2014 Dodge Durango and Dodge Dart. Standard on all models, this screen gives drivers more than 100 ways to customize how information is presented.
Framing the Charger’s new instrument cluster is a newly redesigned three-spoke thick rim sport steering wheel with available paddle shifters. The buttons to control driver information functions are now larger and illuminated to make them easier to operate. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. As before, Charger’s popular audio controls are still found on the back of the upper steering wheel spokes.
Looking to the center stack, the 2015 Charger features the latest and greatest Uconnect Access suite of technologies. All 2015 models feature a standard Uconnect touchscreen, including a 5-inch or the largest in the class 8.4-inch. Under these large and easy-to-use touchscreens are redundant button and knob controls for audio and climate functions.
A performance-inspired all-new electronic shifter is standard on both V-6 and V-8 models. The fully electronic shifter mimics a linkage shifter, with tactile and visual cues for gear location, while providing the benefits of electronic shifting, such as short throws and low shift efforts.
Charger features eight all-new interior trims, including Black and Tungsten cloth, Black and Pearl leather, and Black and Ruby Red leather.
Segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic now standard on all Dodge Charger models
Once limited to sedans costing twice as much, the new 2015 Dodge Charger democratizes this exclusive world-class technology, offering the segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on every model, including new for 2015, on Dodge Charger SE models and HEMI-powered R/T models.
The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T and R/T Road & Track models integrate the TorqueFlite electronic eight- speed automatic transmission. By design, this state-of-the-art gearbox provides world-class shift quality, refinement and fuel efficiency. Paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and its 370 best-in- class horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, the Dodge Charger R/T models can deliver 0-60 mph performance in the high-5 seconds.
Best-in-class 31 mpg with standard Pentastar V-6
Dodge Charger SE and SXT rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models are powered by the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which delivers 292 horsepower (218 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) of torque at 4,800 rpm and a best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.
For Dodge Charger customers who want 31 mpg V-6 fuel economy with even more power, the Dodge Charger SXT model offers the Rallye Appearance Group – providing up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.- ft. of torque thanks to a unique cold-air induction system, sport-tuned exhaust and engine calibration.
The Pentastar engine features double-overhead camshafts (DOHC) with dual-independent cam phasers (DICP), integrated exhaust manifolds, polymer-coated piston skirts, forged connecting rods and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration.
Refinement was a key objective for every component during the design phase of the engine and was achieved by using advanced computer-aided engineering techniques. Structural, intake and exhaust areas of the engine are designed to deliver low levels of overall sound. Combined with the use of premium hydraulic powertrain mounts, the 2015 Dodge Charger delivers refinement in all powertrain applications and at all RPMs.
Charger’s available HEMI V-8 engine delivers best-in-class 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque
For the muscle-car enthusiast, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T featuring the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (536 Nm), now combines the engine’s four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology with three additional gears from the new TorqueFlite eight- speed automatic transmission for maximum performance and efficiency.
For even more responsiveness, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Road & Track model features a unique 3.07 rear axle ratio (versus the standard 2.62 rear axle ratio) and a high-speed engine controller with unique engine and transmission calibrations. In addition, the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T model lineup’s Fuel Saver Technology seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand.
The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine also features variable-cam timing (VCT) to improve fuel economy in two ways. First, it reduces the engine’s pumping work by closing the intake valve later. Second, it increases the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more work to be transferred to the wheels instead of being lost out of the exhaust port as heat. VCT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power.
New 2015 Dodge Charger delivers array of easy-to-use, state-of-the-art advanced technologies
From its updated award-winning Uconnect Access system, to the availability of Uconnect Access services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hot spot to the new Dodge Performance Pages, 3-D navigation and segment- exclusive premium Beats Audio system, the 2015 Dodge Charger delivers a slew of high-tech features for the ultimate driving experience.
The Charger’s acclaimed Uconnect Access system leverages advanced embedded cellular technology, which enables direct, one-touch connections with emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists.
With its available mobile phone app, Charger owners can start their vehicle and lock or unlock doors while away from the vehicle. Charger owners also can access on-demand Wi-Fi making their car a moving hot spot.
Charger’s new for 2015 Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Dodge Charger, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker. Like all Uconnect-brand features, it is designed to be easy to learn and easy to use.
The 2015 Dodge Charger’s available navigation system accommodates one-step voice-controlled destination entry and enhanced 3-D navigation map graphics, making it simple for driver’s to recognize where they are and where they need to go.
The Charger also offers premium audio systems that are designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience, including the segment-exclusive high-definition Beats Audio system.
Thanks to the speed of its PowerNet electrical architecture, the 2015 Dodge Charger models equipped with Sport mode can instantly transform the four-door muscle car’s personality to improve performance. By engaging Sport mode, Charger drivers can reduce shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increase engine and throttle responsiveness, adjust electronic stability control (ESC) settings and firm up the steering feel.
Additionally on the Charger R/T Road & Track model, the driver can use the all-new Dodge Performance Pages, which is available on the segment’s largest 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. It includes active launch control, launch control RPM settings, performance timers and performance gauges, such as G-force indicators and engine performance.
New 2015 Dodge Charger offers more than 80 safety and security features; leverages state-of- the-art driver-assist features
The Dodge Charger offers more than 80 safety and security features, including many that are new for 2015. New available features for the model year include Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings vehicle to full stop when frontal collision appears imminent.
Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the new 2015 Dodge Charger to full stop without driver intervention. New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist introduces subtle steering-wheel input to alert the driver of inadvertent lane departure and assist with corrective action.
Charger’s ParkSense rear park assist system works when the car is in reverse, sensing objects at low speeds. If imminent collision is detected, the system will provide a momentary, autonomous brake pulse or, in certain circumstances, bring the vehicle to a stop.
New for 2015, 9-1-1 call/Assist Call connects Dodge Charger occupants directly with emergency- service providers via built-in data connection with a push of a button, a feature exclusive to Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access service.
The Charger’s standard Keyless Enter ’n Go activates interior lighting and enables passive cabin entry and trunk access through the driver’s personalized key fob. The new Charger also includes a standard ultrasonic security system with an anti-tilt feature that sounds an alarm if vehicle is towed or raised on a jack.
Enthusiast-inspired Rear-Wheel Drive architecture with advanced technological solutions
The chassis of the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger is designed, engineered and fine-tuned to deliver world-class performance and efficiencies thanks to its advanced technological solutions, which include:
Electric power steering (EPS)
o New EPS now provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort and
Sport. Tuning allows for more responsive steering for spirited driving while maintaining ease in low-speed situations and when parking
All-new, lighter weight axles for RWD and AWD
o All-new cast-aluminum axles and axle housing provide weight savings and help to
reduce parasitic friction
o Sport mode provides blistering-quick gear changes, reducing shift times by 37 percent
(250 milliseconds vs. 400 milliseconds), while engaging a more aggressive transmission calibration. When Auto Stick is engaged with Sport mode, the driver can select and hold the desired gear without unexpected shifts, including at the redline
o Sport mode also engages a more aggressive throttle map and steering feel
o Fully electronic shifter provides the intuitive look and feel of a traditional linkage shifter
with less shift effort, short throws and refined engagement and detents providing clear physical feedback of gear position. Like the available steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters for manual shift control, the new electronic shifter also has a manual-mode shift gate for Auto Stick control
Segment’s most innovative All-Wheel Drive system delivers best-in-class fuel economy
The 2015 Dodge Charger SE and SXT are available with AWD capability thanks to a segment- exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system that improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in RWD vehicles. To better anticipate low-traction roadways, the Dodge Charger’s innovative AWD system automatically engages in cold weather, when slip is detected or when the windshield wipers are on in rainy or snowy conditions.