It’s about time to revise the Charger, but these updates will hopefully do for now

The Dodge Charger, which has seriously soldiered on since 2011 with minor changes, is getting some more minor updates for 2018 as Dodge hopes to maintain its relevancy on the market. As of the time of this writing, the Dodge Charger is creeping up on eight years old and probably won’t see its much-needed generational shift until at least 2020. With that in mind, it should also be noted that Dodge is downsizing the Charger lineup, which will now be offered in just six trim levels. The revised offering of trim levels and minor updates should at least help the old-geezer of a car carry on, so let’s take a good look at the new trim levels and what each trim level gets.

2019 Dodge Charger SXT Updates

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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While it shares the same dated look with the rest of the Charger lineup, the SXT is one of the newest and even features an AWD setup

For 2019, the AWD Charger SXT – as best as we can tell – receives no updates to the standard equipment list. It continues to soldier on with things like remote start, electronic stability control, halogen headlights, and a capless fuel system, among other things. What Dodge did add to the SXT was the option for Caramel Nappa leather and the option for the Cold Weather Package, which includes a heated steering wheel and heated driver and passenger seats, wrapped in cloth, of course.

While it shares the same dated look with the rest of the Charger lineup, the SXT is one of the newest and even features an AWD setup. That setup delivers 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to the ground from a 3.6-liter V-6. It’s far from the fastest charger in the lineup, but it does handle pretty well. Of course, you have to deal with having an automatic transmission only, so if you like to row your own, you better look elsewhere.

2019 Dodge Charger GT

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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It comes complete with performance suspension, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, paddle shifters, and performance pages in the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system

This is technically a new trim level, but it’s really nothing more than an SXT Plus with a different badge on it. It basically replaces the SXT and the SXT Plus, and even comes with the same 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. This trim level, however, comes with a performance hood, more aggressive fascia, new side sills, a small spoiler, and a new set of seats. It comes complete with performance suspension, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, paddle shifters, and performance pages in the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. The seats are upholstered in Houndstooth cloth while there’s a new Dark Dub instrument panel. You can opt for 20-inch Satin Carbon whiles or Black Noise wheels if you’re willing to pay. It can also be equipped with the aforementioned Cold Weather Package as well.

2019 Dodge Charger SXT AWD Updates

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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For 2019 Dodge only saw fit to set it up with the same news options available for the SXT – the Carmel Nappa leather interior and Houndstooth cloth seats

The SXT Plus (RWD) may now carry a GT badge, but the SXT AWD carries over virtually unchanged. It’s got the same 3.6-liter engine with 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. For 2019 Dodge only saw fit to set it up with the same news options available for the SXT – the Carmel Nappa leather interior and Houndstooth cloth seats. It can be had with a new Blacktop package that includes 19-inch Black Noise wheels or the Cold Weather Package. Needless to say, if you have an SXT AWD sitting in the driveway, there’s no need to trade in for something new unless you really want those wheels or a heated steering wheel.

2019 Dodge Charger R/T Updates

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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For 2019 The Charger R/T actually loses its stand-out status as it will be nearly indistinguishable from the GT

For 2019 The Charger R/T actually loses its stand-out status as it will be nearly indistinguishable from the GT as it gets the same performance hood, front fascia, side sills, spoiler, and seats. It even gets the same chassis upgrades with performance suspension. It does get “enhanced” steering but shares the GT’s paddle shifters and the performance pages in the infotainment system, Dark Dub instrument panel, and Houndstooth seat upholstery. The same optional wheels are available as well, including the 20-inch Stain Carbon rollers and the Black Noise wheels. The only real thing that sets it apart is the 2.62 rear axle ratio and the carry-over 5.7-liter Hemi that’s good for 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.

2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Updates

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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For 2019, however, it gets some Demon DNA, including a standard line-lock system, a new launch-control switch for easier access, new performance grille, and a Scat Pack bee logo

The Dodge Charger R/T carries over with the same 485-horsepower, Hemi V-8, and eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2019, however, it gets some Demon DNA, including a standard line-lock system, a new launch-control switch for easier access, new performance grille, and a Scat Pack bee logo. Optional equipment includes dual carbon stripes, Satin Black hood, and Bilstein adaptive dampers. It’s not a lot, but the addition of the line-lock system is a big plus, and those adaptive dampers are a pretty good idea if you can afford to check the option box.

2010 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Updates

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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There’s new badging on the dashboard, and you can opt for a Satin Black hood, Brass Monkey 20-inch wheels, and Alcantara interior.

Like the rest of the lineup, the Charger SRT Hellcat doesn’t see a whole lot of improvement over last year’s model. It does get a new performance grille (just like the one on the R/T Scat Pack) with dual inlets. It also comes with Launch assist, Line Lock, After-Run Chiller, and Torque Reserve. There’s new badging on the dashboard, and you can opt for a Satin Black hood, Brass Monkey 20-inch wheels, and Alcantara interior.

2019 Dodge Charger Color Options

B5 Blue
Destroyer Grey
F8 Green, Go Mango
Granite Crystal
IndiGo Blue
Maximum Steel
Octane Red
Pitch Black
Plum Crazy
TorRed
Triple Nickel
White Knuckle

Final Thoughts

It's Not a New Generation, but the Dodge Charger Gets Some Decent Updates for 2019 Exterior
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It’s nice to see some minor additions come to the Charger lineup, however, it’s time for a new generation to come to life. Some of the models didn’t change a bit, receiving just a handful of new, and probably expensive, options. Dodge is clearly trying to keep the Charger relevant until it can manage to create a revamped model but that needs to happen sooner than later as, at this age, consumers will start to lose interest. There’s no need to buy a new Charger when it doesn’t change, which means those with a pre-2014 model could very easily shift over into Camaro or Mustang territory if Dodge doesn’t come correct with revised muscle cars quickly. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but Dodge is playing a risky game, and things could go south pretty fast.

Further reading

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Dodge//SRT continues to run at full throttle in the North American large sedan segment, revamping the entire Charger lineup for 2019. As America’s only four-door muscle car and the sales leader in the segment five years running, Dodge continues to charge ahead of its competition with upgrades both inside and out.

New for 2019, Dodge is repositioning the Charger lineup into six distinct, attitude-infused models that offer a range of performance and powertrain options for every modern muscle-car customer. The lineup ranges from the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world – to the efficient V-6 power of the new Charger GT RWD performance model and the all-wheel-drive capability of the new SXT AWD model.

“Despite a shift toward utility vehicles in the United States over the past decade, the Dodge Charger and Challenger continue to buck the trend,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “Charger and Challenger retail sales have increased 70 percent since 2008, and since the launch of Scat Pack in August 2014, high-performance model sales increased from 4 percent to more than 25 percent. Charger is on track to lead the large car segment in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2018, and we intend to keep that string alive by updating the product to deliver the performance and capability that our customers demand.”

Dealer orders for the 2019 Dodge Charger open in late June 2018 and vehicles are scheduled to arrive in Dodge dealerships in the third quarter of 2018.

Charger SRT Hellcat
The 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat remains the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 that delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to the quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

New for 2019, the Charger SRT Hellcat features a new performance grille with dual inlets that feed cooler, outside air into the engine compartment. Bolstering the performance is the addition of four race-inspired technologies that come standard on Hellcat, including:

Launch Assist, which uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
Line Lock, which engages the front brakes to hold the Charger SRT Hellcat stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
After-Run Chiller, which keeps cooling the supercharger/charge air cooler after the engine is shut off
Torque Reserve, which closes a bypass valve to prefill the supercharger and manages fuel flow and spark advance to balance engine rpm and torque, generates a reserve of torque that is delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop

New instrument panel badging, a Satin Black painted hood option, available Brass Monkey 20-inch forged wheels and an Alcantara interior package are also new to Charger SRT Hellcat for the 2019 model year.

Charger R/T Scat Pack
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack is the most muscle for the dollar, powered by the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8, it delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, priced less than $40,000.

New for 2019, Launch Assist and Line Lock are now standard features on the R/T Scat Pack for optimum performance at launch from a standstill. A new switch on the dashboard provides quick access to initialize Launch Control, which coordinates the engine, transmission, driveline and suspension for an optimal launch and consistent straight-line acceleration.

R/T Scat Pack features the same new performance grille with dual air inlets as the SRT Hellcat and adds a new Scat Pack bee badge on the decklid, replacing the R/T badge. New Dark Dub Plate instrument panel and Houndstooth cloth performance seat with an added Scat Pack bee logo are also standard. Dual Carbon stripes, a Satin Black-painted hood and Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension are added to the available options.

Charger R/T
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T is powered by the iconic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, rated at 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

For 2019, the Charger R/T adopts new performance looks and features standard, including the performance hood, fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler and seats. Race-bred chassis upgrades, including a standard performance suspension, 2.62 rear axle ratio, enhanced steering, steering wheel with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth bolstered performance seats, new Dark Dub Plate instrument panel, and new 20-inch Satin Carbon and Black Noise wheel options.

Available on the R/T is the new Cold Weather Package, which includes heated steering wheel, heated cloth driver and passenger seats.

Charger SXT AWD
The Charger SXT AWD model, new for 2019, is powered by the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, and mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering up to 27 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive system is automatic with an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect, which helps minimize powertrain parasitic losses.

Available options on the SXT AWD are a new Caramel Nappa leather interior, Houndstooth cloth sport seats and the Blacktop Package, which includes a new 19-inch Black Noise wheel. The new Cold Weather Package is also available on the SXT AWD, which includes heated steering wheel and heated cloth driver and passenger seats.

Charger GT
The new Dodge Charger GT RWD performance model is powered by the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

For 2019, the GT adopts new performance looks and features standard, including performance hood, fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler and seats. Race-bred chassis upgrades, including a standard performance suspension, 3.07 rear axle ratio, enhanced steering with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth bolstered performance seats, new Dark Dub Plate instrument panel, 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.

Charger SXT
The powerful, roomy and solid Charger SXT model is powered by the standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, rated at 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, working with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2019, Charger SXT includes 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 for SXT include Houndstooth cloth sport seats, a new Caramel Nappa leather interior, the popular Blacktop Package, which includes a new 20-inch Black Noise wheel, and the new Cold Weather Package, which includes heated steering wheel and heated cloth driver and passenger seats.

Charger Exterior Colors
Available exterior colors for all 2019 Dodge Charger models include B5 Blue, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, IndiGo Blue, Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle.

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