The current, seventh-generation Dodge Charger isn’t slated to make way for an all-new design for another couple of years, so until then, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has kept busy by revamping the four-door muscle car for the 2019 model year, reordering the lineup and adding just enough content to keep consumers flocking to showrooms.
For 2019, the 300-horsepower Charger GT – previously FCA’s all-wheel-drive muscle car in the North American market – has been made RWD-only, with the new Charger SXT AWD taking its place as the sensible choice for those living in inclimate northern climates. The GT is now positioned as the performance-oriented choice for V6 buyers, with a standard performance suspension, 3.07:1 axle ratio, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4″ Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth performance seats, and exterior enhancements like a performance hood, fascia, side skirts, and rear spoiler.
The Charger GT, along with the SXT AWD and the base, rear-wheel-drive SXT, now offer a new Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel, and heated driver and passenger seats. All three models are powered by the same trusty, 3.6L Pentastar V6. It produces 292 horsepower in the base SXT, and a stout 300 horsepower in the SXT AWD and GT.
To unlock two more cylinders, customers will have to step up to the Dodge Charger R/T, which for 2019 gains feisty new looks from a performance hood, fascia, side skirts, decklid spoiler, and Houndstooth cloth bolstered seats. Additional standard performance features – things like a standard performance suspension, 2.62:1 axle ratio, and Dodge Performance Pages with 8.4″ Uconnect – also make their way into the updated R/T. The new Cold Weather Package is available as an option.
The R/T is powered by the familiar 5.7L Hemi V8, pumping out up to 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque – respectable figures, to be sure. Step up to the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, though, and you’ll have 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft at your disposal, courtesy of a 6.4L Hemi. New-for-2019 features include standard Launch Assist and Line Lock. The former monitors for wheelspin after the car is launched from a standstill, cutting engine torque momentarily to regain traction when slip is detected. The latter allows for easy burnouts by locking just the front brakes when activated, so that drag-racing drivers can heat and clean the rear tires before making a pass.
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack also inherits the same dual-inlet grille as the new Charger SRT Hellcat, and gets a Scat Pack bee badge on the decklid, plus Houndstooth cloth performance seats with the distinctive bee logo as standard. Available options now include Dual Carbon stripes, Satin Black hood, and Bilstein three-mode adaptive dampers.
Finally, perched atop the totem pole once again is the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. It doesn’t receive the same power bump for 2019 as the revised Challenger SRT Hellcat, but it does offer a host of new, standard performance features, which you can read about in our separate SRT Hellcat article.
“Despite a shift toward utility vehicles in the United States over the past decade, the Dodge Charger and Challenger continue to buck the trend,” says FCA Head of Passenger Car Brands Steve Beahm. “Charger and Challenger retail sales have increased 70 percent since 2008, and since the launch of Scat Pack in August 2014, high-performance model sales increased from 4 percent to more than 25 percent. Charger is on track to lead the large car segment in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2018, and we intend to keep that string alive by updating the product to deliver the performance and capability that our customers demand.”
The complete, revamped 2019 Dodge Charger lineup will begin deliveries in the third quarter of this year, with an extensive array of 13 available exterior hues including 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.