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2015 Charger changes

by David Zatz on

With all the talk of the 2015 Dodge Challenger coming, it’s easy to forget that there are actually three large cars made by Chrysler, and all three are set for major changes this year. The Challenger gets the most attention because it has the farthest to go: it has no eight speed option and the interior is not quite up to those of the other cars.

Ralph Gilles has already said that the Chrysler 300 won’t be getting a complete appearance change to the new Chrysler palette, and few expect the Dodge Charger to make a major change, either. However, Allpar has been told to expect a few changes and updates:

  • HellCat power is bound to hit Charger as well as Challenger, with 660+ horsepower from a supercharged 6.2 liter V8. This will probably require some serious body stiffening to all Chargers.
  • Electronics are to be updated, providing UConnect 2, Via Mobile, perhaps some parking aids, and other doodads currently not present on the top of the line Dodge (but mostly available on the entry level Dodge, the Dart.)
  • Eight speed automatics are likely to be standard across the board — right now they are used with the V6 but not the V8s. Some believe it will now be controlled by a shift knob rather than the current “feel free” electronic shifter; the knob would be supplemented by up/down paddles on the steering wheel.
  • Suspension tuning is likely to be adjusted again, for a lighter feel, but this might not be possible. We believe engineers will also be working on making the suspension lighter but that will likely just keep weight within the current range.

Interiors are likely to be refreshed as well; many expect the seven-inch configurable display to become standard on 300, optional on Charger. However, we’ve noticed that Chrysler has been backing off somewhat on these, with the 200 only having them in upper models, and fewer configuration options in the Grand Cherokee than in the Dart.

We expect that buyers wanting the Maserati-style double-wishbone suspension design will have to wait until completely new cars arrive, somewhere in the 2017-to-2020 timeframe; we do believe Chrysler engineers are hard at work on the next generation of large cars, integrating improvements from the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, in cars set to sell for half the price, and including V8 engines rather than the Maserati/Ferrari twin-turbo V6.  More details and renderings are on our 2015 Dodge Charger page.

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