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2019 Charger gets some love (and muscle)

by David Zatz on

Updates for the 2019 Dodge Charger, billed as “America’s only four-door muscle car,” were geared towards emphasizing the car’s muscle over its “family” nature, further separating it from the Chrysler 300 series. Customers have been very receptive to Dodge’s performance focus, bringing higher sales and, possibly, 2018’s large-car sales crown for 2018.

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The 2019 Hellcat Charger, like the Hellcat Challenger, gets a new dual-inlet hood with a fresh air feed for the engine; Launch Assist, which avoids wheel hop; Line Lock, which holds the Charger in place with the front brakes, letting the rear tires do a burnout; the After-Run Chiller, cooling the supercharger and charge air cooler (often called the intercooler) after the engine is shut off; and Torque Reserve, which pre-fills the supercharger and alters fuel flow and spark advance for extra torque from a standing stop.

Though the Challenger Hellcat was boosted to 717 horsepower, the Charger remains at 707 hp / 650 pound-feet, still beating any four-door domestic by a large margin; an eight-speed auto is standard on every Charger.

Other changes are new badges inside, a satin black hood option, 20-inch Brass Monkey wheel option, and Alcantra interior.

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The Charger R/T Scat Pack has exclusive rights to the 392 Hemi, within the Charger line; it has 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of “instant-on” torque for under $40,000, making it a performance bargain. The Scat Pack, too, gets standard Launch Assist and Line Lock, with a new dashboard switch for Launch Control. It has the same grille (with dual air inlets) as the Hellcat, and has a Scat Pack badge replacing the R/T badge. A dark instrument panel and Houndstooth cloth performance seat are standard; options include dual Carbon stripes, a satin black hood, and Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension (once the province of SRT, but now SRT is Hellcat only).

The 2019 Charger R/T sticks by the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, rated at 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. It will now have, standard, the performance hood, fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler, and seats, along with a standard performance suspension, 2.62 rear axle ratio, enhanced steering, paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth-cloth bolstered seats, and a dark instrument panel. Options include 20-inch Satin Carbon and Black Noise wheels, and a new Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

The Charger SXT AWD is new for 2019, and has the 300-horse (264 pound-foot) V6. New options include Caramel Nappa leather, Houndstooth cloth sport seats, and the Blacktop Package with  new 19-inch Black Noise wheels. The Cold Weather Package is also available.

The 2019 Charger GT is now available in rear drive; it, too, is V6 powered. It has “new performance looks and features standard,” according to Dodge, including the hood, fascia, side sills, spoiler, and seats; a performance suspension; and the 3.07 axle ratio, enhanced steering with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth bolstered performance seats, and new dark instrument panel. New options, again, include 20-inch Satin Carbon and Black Noise wheels and the cold weather package.

Finally, we have the continuing Charger SXT, with a 292 horsepower, 260 pound-foot engine; it now includes remote start and cruise control, and has the Houndstooth sport seats, Caramel Nappa leather, Blacktop package, and cold weather package as options.

The 2019 paints — for all Chargers — are B5 Blue, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, IndiGo Blue, Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.

What if you’re a cop using the Charger to catch the bad guys?  There are some changes that don’t sound sexy, but should make it easier on your constables-on-patrol — a greater range of screen brightness settings, an increase in the usable screen area from 87% to 97% (effectively making the screen larger), and USB changes to increase tracking and input speed for a keyboard and mouse.

The 2019s will be available for ordering later this month, and should arrive sometime in the third quarter.

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