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What happened to the Charger grille nostrils?

by Patrick Rall on

Since the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was introduced with the new widebody package last week, the most common question that we have received doesn’t pertain to the flared portions of the body, the engine or the redesigned fascias. Instead, many people have asked why the 2020 Charger Hellcat doesn’t have the “nostrils” in the grille that were introduced for the 2019 model year.

When Dodge made that minor change to the grille for the models that are on sale today, the reception was positive enough that owners of the 2015 through 2018 Hellcat Chargers (and other trim levels) were buying the 2019 grille for their vehicle. Not only does have create a more aggressive look with those two extra vents added next to the headlights, but owners have taken to having the nostrils painted to add a unique accent to the front end.

While not everyone loved the 2019 grille, it was popular enough that many Mopar enthusiasts want to know why the look was erased for 2020. We didn’t know for sure, so we reached out to FCA for more input on the brief existence of the Charger Hellcat grille nostrils, with a Dodge//SRT spokesperson providing the following information.

“The new grille design met all of our air flow/engine cooling requirements without the nostrils. In addition, from an appearance standpoint, the snorkels did not integrate or flow with the new mail slot opening and we wanted the new grille texture to be uninterrupted visually.”

So, while enthusiasts and owners like the look of the 2019 grille with the nostrils, those extra vents weren’t necessary and the designers didn’t like how they looked in the redesigned fascia, so they were excluded from the 2020 front end design.

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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