Fully restyled and boasting loads of new technological touches, the 2011 Dodge Charger made its formal debut at the LA Auto Show displaying an even higher level of quality and refinement to complement its overt performance character. Retaining visual cues that pay modern-day homage to its '60s-era Gen II predecessor, the Dodge's flagship sedan recasts the musclecar theme with all-new bodywork highlighted by a lower hoodline, more steeply raked windshield, swept-back headlamps and a new interpretation of the signature gunsight grille. Dual scallops on the hood and bold body-side sculpting add to its street presence while the rear boasts an all-new, full-width taillamp made up of 164 LEDs configured in a "racetrack" pattern that also will serve to identify the new Charger even at a distance.
Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8 power
The 2011 Dodge Charger will be available in SE and R/T basic trim levels with various upgrade packages. Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will be used in the Charger SE and SE Rallye variants while all of the R/T iterations get bespoke versions of the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that features cylinder-deactivating FuelSaver Technology to enhance efficiency. In addition to the standard rear-wheel drive, the Charger R/T set will be offered with an equally new all-wheel-drive configuration. The system uses a segment-exclusive active transfer case coupled with a front-axle disconnect system that can reportedly bump fuel economy by up to five percent. Capable of automatically transitioning between rear-drive and AWD, it senses when the latter isn't needed and automatically disconnects the front axle. While the fundamental underpinnings of the Charger carry over, the suspension tuning and geometry also have been tweaked to deliver an even better combination of control and comfort.
A more welcoming cabin
Like its divisional brethren, the 2011 Charger's interior displays a notable upgrade in design and implementation with higher quality materials, more soft-touch surfaces. As a finishing flourish, this "enthusiast office," also boasts a new thick-rimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel. Dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door glass works with triple door seals and a megaload of noise attenuation materials to make the entire passenger compartment far quieter than before, as well.
In addition to a generous load of standard comfort/convenience items, the 2011 Dodge Charger will offer Chrysler's Uconnect Touch system as well as a Garmin navigation package and Sirius with available Travel Link enhancements. On the safety front, the new Charger boasts more than 65 individual features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready-alert Braking and Rainy Day Brake Support. For the first time, the Charger will offer adaptive-cruise control (ACC) with forward-collision warning (FCW), blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with rear cross path (RCP) detection and ParkView rear back-up camera as options.
The 2011 Dodge Charger will go on sale in December. Pricing for the Charger SE starts at $25,595, with the SE Rallye Package opening at $28,245 and the SE Rallye Plus Package commanding $29,995. On the R/T side, the rear-drive/AWD base R/T begins at $30,995/$33,145, the R/T Plus Package at $32,995/$35,145, the R/T Road and Track Package at $33,995/$36,145 and the R/T Max Package at $35,995/$38,145.