When Ford decided to finally lay to rest the 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, a huge void was left in the lucrative police vehicle market. In the resulting scramble to provide cruisers to fill that void, Dodge ended up with a much bigger share of this market than it had had in some time, with the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit. Dodge knows that it will have to keep updating the car if it wants to keep its contracts. The 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit is better than ever.

Keen students of the automotive industry will notice that there isn’t a new generation of the Charger for 2016, so the car isn’t entirely new for the model year. Indeed, the updates for 2016 primarily focus on the redesigned Uconnect system. This is really a big thing, but we’ll get into that in a bit. It is worth a look at the car in general though, even the parts that aren’t new, if for no other reason than to see just how different and utilitarian the police version of the car is. The differences between it and the civilian model are striking.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

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The most obvious difference between the regular 2015 Dodge Charger and the Pursuit is going to be the livery, although this will clearly be different from one department to the next. The usual exterior police equipment will be found on the Pursuit, from the push bar to spotlights and the light bar.

Thanks to LEDs, the top light bar is more inconspicuous than in years past, but these have been standard for some time now. There are also a couple of smaller light bars mounted behind the grille. The differences aren’t really that huge, and depending on how they’re painted by the local PD, you might have to be pretty close in order to tell that it’s a cop car.


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This is where you’ll notice the biggest difference, not only between the regular car and the Pursuit, but also between the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit and the 2016. This centers around the new Uconnect screen, which is now a huge 12.1-inch touchscreen display that integrates with all of the police computer systems. That means that the central-mounted laptop that has been standard in police vehicles for many years can finally be done away with, replaced by a system mounted entirely in the dash. That means more interior space, but what Dodge has found is that it also makes for a safer interior.

Laptops and their mounting brackets can be hazardous or even deadly in a crash, and less cabin clutter is always safer. The system can also use a split screen to simultaneously display the usual Uconnect features, although there are redundant knobs and buttons for climate and radio controls mounted under the screen for when it isn’t convenient to use the split screen. The screen manages to fit in with the overall design of the interior, but the interior is very stripped-down and utilitarian, and there aren’t many other design elements for it to blend in with.


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As with the regular version of the Charger, you have some options when it comes to drivetrain, although there is no Hellcat Pursuit, much to the disappointment of no small number of police officers, I’m sure. The car is available with a V-6 and front-wheel-drive for the cost-concious departments, but there is also a V-8 front-wheel-drive option and a V-8 all-wheel-drive option. The V-6 is not a very popular option though, so you can generally expect the car to have the same 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 as the Charger R/T, here producing 370 horsepower. It’s the cheapest way to get a V-8 cop car in the U.S., and also the most powerful engine available from any of the Big Three’s fleet lineups.


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Prices are difficult to pin down. Dodge doesn’t release exact pricing info to the general public, and the $30,000-$35,000 figure you generally see is far from what police forces will actually pay. All the police-specific equipment adds a lot to the price, but just how much is not always understood. So I called a cop buddy of mine, Andrew Perna, a firearms instructor with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, and asked him for some more realistic figures. He told me that $47,000 was more accurate ballpark for the base model with the V-6, but that it could go up by quite a bit.

He went on to say that Chrysler Fleet will vary prices a lot depending on how many cars you order, so some larger departments might be paying somewhere around that $47,000 figure for a V-8 all-wheel-drive model. This partially explains why the V-6 has never been very popular; the price difference as a percentage of the total isn’t that much once you factor in the cost of the lights, cage, push bar, etc. You might as well just have the V-8, since you won’t save that much optioning down.


2012 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

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Ford’s replacement for the Crown Victoria, but much more fuel efficient. All-wheel-drive is standard on these, and there is a choice of I-4 or V-6 engines, both of which are turbocharged. The price, again according to my cop buddy, is much higher; starting at $85,000 for the V-6. That price does include a lot more standard equipment and probably about evens out for similarly equipped car, but the Dodge does give you the option to leave stuff off if you’re looking to save money.

Read our full review here.

2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV

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The Caprice isn’t sold to the general public in North America and is available only as a police car. Chevy likes to hint that the car was built just to be cop car, but the reality is that it is a rebadged 2007 Holden WM Caprice imported from Australia, where it serves as a regular full-sized model available to the public. GM Fleet buyers have the option of an Impala cop car if they want one, but the Caprice PPV is the law enforcement flagship model.

Read our full review here.


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There are already a lot of reasons to like the Charger Pursuit if you’re in law enforcement, but the new Uconnect gives it a real advantage. It seems like a small detail, it’s just a bigger screen, but it could absolutely be a big deciding factor for any police force trying to choose between the three main models available. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering whether or not the bigger screen will become available anytime soon on standard versions of the Charger, or indeed the rest of Fiat-Chrysler’s lineup. I don’t have an answer for that, but it would be cool, and the Charger Pursuit proves it can be done. For now, Dodge is still making law enforcement vehicles safer, and that’s a good bragging right.

  • Leave it
    • not much more powerful than more efficient V-6 options from other carmakers
    • not at all subtle, a bad choice for an unmarked vehicle
    • cage stab protection isn’t standard
Jacob Joseph
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Press Release

Dodge Charger Pursuit is going tactical in a big way for 2016, offering the heroic men and women who protect us with the all-new, and segment’s largest, Uconnect 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen that enables a segment-exclusive integration of law enforcement computer systems with the easy-to-use and award-winning Uconnect touchscreen system.

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“As America’s high-performance police vehicle, Dodge Charger Pursuit is going big for 2016, offering a massive, Uconnect touchscreen system that streamlines a law enforcement officer’s computer system with our easy-to-use Uconnect system – on an all-new laptop-size 12.1-inch touchscreen display,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO - Dodge and SRT Brands, and Vice President - Fleet Operations, FCA - North America. “Designed and tested to Charger Pursuit’s stringent test requirements, our all-new Uconnect 12.1 system is the latest piece of tactical hardware that is neatly integrated into the instrument panel for a mobile command center that could only be delivered from Dodge.”

All-new and police-exclusive Uconnect 12.1
Designed exclusively to give law enforcement officers the upper hand, the all-new Uconnect 12.1 touchscreen system provides a fully integrated and exclusive approach to Dodge Charger Pursuit’s mobile command capabilities.

Compared to the Dodge Charger Pursuit’s standard 5-inch display, the all-new Uconnect 12.1 features a 12.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen display that is more than five times larger in the center of the instrument panel. Uconnect 12.1 is ergonomically located and provides a large 1024 by 768 pixel display of Uconnect radio and vehicle controls, as well as the ability to toggle to a law enforcement officer’s computer via a menu bar at the top of the screen.

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In addition, Charger Pursuit’s new Uconnect 12.1 system can split the touchscreen to display the familiar and award-winning 8.4-inch (640 by 480 pixels) Uconnect interface. Designed to be intuitive, Dodge Charger Pursuit’s cockpit includes redundant vehicle controls, such as radio and climate, located below the Uconnect system, while the driver can also use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, voice commands, the touchscreen display or the redundant knobs and buttons to control a bevy of vehicle options.

Designed for ease of integration and operation, the Uconnect 12.1 features a plug-and-play solution (Ethernet) to connect an officer’s mobile computer out of sight in the Dodge Charger Pursuit’s trunk. Uconnect 12.1 was also engineered and tested to work with an officer wearing gloves, plus extreme operating conditions as low as -40°C and as hot as 85°C.

For added upfit equipment control and capability, the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit’s Uconnect 12.1 also provides a fourth auxiliary button, adding to the three steering-wheel mounted auxiliary buttons managed through the Vehicle Systems Interference Module (VSIM). This elegant wiring solution makes installation of upfit equipment easier, as the system is capable of providing the appropriate power, ground and fusing for a variety of LED, lighting, siren, computer, modem or camera systems.

Designed with feedback from Dodge Law Enforcement’s 19-member Police Advisory Board

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The development of the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit’s all-new Uconnect 12.1 touchscreen system was a team effort, combining the expertise of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s law enforcement vehicle design, engineering, fleet and Uconnect teams, plus its 19-member Police Advisory Board (PAB) to answer the call for an integrated mobile command center solution.

Safety and security are the top priority when designing new tactical equipment for the Dodge Charger Pursuit. Uconnect 12.1 was conceptualized from the vehicle’s team of law enforcement specialists, as well as feedback from the field. Advancements in law enforcement have put highly effective new tools in the hands of police. Laptop computers with data protection protocols have replaced two-way radios for the transmission of sensitive information, such as crime scene details and suspect identities. Police vehicles are jam-packed with additional displays, mounting brackets and keyboards that not only compromise comfort, they pose a risk to officer safety in the event of a collision.

Initial feedback found that a traditional, center console-mounted laptop or screen positioned between driver and front passenger often added dangerous impact points or could even interfere with airbag deployment during a crash. In addition, these third-party upfit solutions were considered distractive to the officer’s outward vision and line-of-sight. Last, the ergonomics designed into the vehicle’s controls and even touchscreen displays were hindered by the installation of these bulky devices.

The Dodge Charger Pursuit’s team of law enforcement specialists saw a clear opportunity to adapt the easy-to-use Uconnect interface for the benefit of police officers and their mobile technologies. In 2012, the team provided Uconnect 12.1 system prototypes in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Dodge Charger Pursuit test vehicles. And now, the all-new Uconnect 12.1 system is ready and available to all 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit customers.

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Uconnect 12.1 includes the latest upgrades for 2016
The all-new Uconnect 12.1 leverages the strengths and continued improvements of the Uconnect touchscreen family. Innovative features on the segment’s largest touchscreen include, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices, Bluetooth streaming audio, ParkView rear back-up camera, SD Card slot, plus USB and auxiliary ports.

“As technology continues to evolve, the next wave of Uconnect features and services is in constant progression and our latest Charger Pursuit application with our massive 12.1-inch touchscreen display is just a taste of our in-house capabilities to expand and integrate different technologies for our customers,” said Joni Christensen, Head of Uconnect Marketing. “This is a great opportunity to adapt our easy-to-use Uconnect system to benefit law enforcement officers, making it even easier to keep their hand on the wheel and eyes on the road.”

Uconnect 12.1 is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free and Do Not Disturb features, which can be viewed via the 12.1-inch touchscreen.

Drag and Drop Menu Bar: Dodge Charge Pursuit customers now can simply drag their favorite feature or service icon from the apps menu and move them to their Uconnect system’s main menu bar.
Siri Eyes Free: Via the voice button on the steering wheel and compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s or later, with Siri Eyes Free drivers can speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions. Drivers simply push and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel until the Siri Eyes Free screen appears on the touchscreen and they can hear the audible tones.
Do Not Disturb: Drivers of the Dodge Charge Pursuit who prefer not be interrupted with phone calls or text messages while driving can choose to turn on the new “Do Not Disturb” and “Reply with Text Message” feature. Located within the Uconnect system’s phone screen, once enabled with the push of a button or via voice command, the Do Not Disturb icon will route all incoming mobile calls to voicemail and suppress text messages. If the driver chooses to enable the Do Not Disturb feature, they also have the ability to send a default or customized response once a call or text message is received.

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About 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit
Dodge brand recognizes that the heroic men and women who protect us must be equipped with the best-performing pursuit-rated vehicle, loaded with tactical equipment and technology. And for 2016, the Dodge Charger Pursuit – America’s high-performance police vehicle – delivers with world-class safety and security, technology and pursuit-rated hardware, all while offering 370 best-in-class horsepower, factory-installed Mopar upfit packages and the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for maximum tactical performance, all-weather traction and fuel-efficiency.

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