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Hellcat Charger gets a new grille for 2019

by Patrick Rall on

Yesterday, the first spy shots showing a camouflaged Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat hit the internet and today, we have our first look at the new face of America’s most popular rear-wheel-drive sedan. This is really only a teaser, but we can clearly see that the new Hellcat Charger grille has been redesigned to offer improved air flow and if we had to guess – we would guess that the added air is being directed into the supercharged Hemi.

2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Grille

We have brightened up the image a bit to bring out the details.

When the first spy shots of the disguised Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat arrived online, the entire front end was covered, but in this first teaser image of the 2019 front end, it looks to be a great deal like the current models. The one key difference is a new air inlet mounted in the grille, next to the driver’s side headlight. The shape of the upper grille, the lower grille and the front fascia as a whole appears to be similar to the current design, so it seem that all of the camo was there to throw us off while hiding the new air inlet.

Considering the location, it is likely that this new air inlet feeds cool air to the engine air intake system, helping the supercharged Hemi breathe a little easier. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has come with a similar air duct since the model was first introduced back in 2015, with the direct air flow coming through a portion of the driver’s side headlight assembly. The Charger headlight design doesn’t cater to the same air flow path as the Challenger, but this looks like the next best option.

There is no real information with this first teaser image of the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, but the press release included the following comment:

The Dodge Charger – America’s only four-door muscle car and the sales leader in the large car segment for five years running – is doubling down with upgrades inside and out for the 2019 model year. Among the changes, high-performance Charger models get an all-new grille design, which extends the sinister-looking front end to accentuate visual width and reflects Charger customers’ continuous demand for standout exterior design. More information to come this summer.

So we know that the 2019 Hellcat Charger will have a new grille and it seems likely that there will be some changes inside as well, but in the long run, what we all want is more power. With any luck, this new air inlet port is part of a project to draw more power from the Hellcat Hemi.

Click here for a look at the first teaser image of the 2019 Challenger Hellcat, showing the new dual scoop hood.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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