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AWD Charger Pursuit for ’14

by Bill Cawthon on

Dodge is making it easer and safer for law enforcement officers to get where they’re needed, no matter what the conditions.

In response to customer demand, and with the assistance of Chrysler Group’s Police Advisory Board, the Dodge Charger Pursuit will make all wheel drive (AWD) optional on the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine beginning with the 2014 model year.

The Dodge Charger’s AWD system uses a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system for better gas mileage.

Chrysler Group engineers have already started testing the Charger Pursuit AWD, which must meet the company’s police pursuit durability cycle to handle the extreme conditions of police use.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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