Every half decade or so, Dodge reworks its Charger full-size sedan. It’s that time again, and the updated 2015 Dodge Charger debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Highlights include freshened styling, an improved interior, new safety and infotainment technologies, and adoption of an 8-speed automatic for all models.
2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery: Model Lineup
In New York, Dodge announced details for the SE, SXT, R/T, and R/T Road & Track models. The version shown here is the R/T Road & Track, which, in addition to these matte-finish, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, includes revised engine and transmission calibration for quicker response, a high-speed engine controller, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, and a Launch Control system accessed through the new Dodge Performance Pages technology.
2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery: Styling and Design
Instantly familiar yet clearly different, the 2015 Dodge Charger’s styling has been nipped and tucked for a smaller, tauter, more athletic appearance. The Charger’s signature rear LED racetrack lighting now wraps around the corners of the car, while new LED running lights are installed up front. Inside, Dodge says it uses better quality materials than before, but the overall design is basically the same as last year.
2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery: New Features
With the 2015 Charger, Dodge goes high-tech with its 4-door muscle car. A reconfigurable instrument cluster is standard, along with Uconnect technology using a 5-inch display screen. Upgrade to Uconnect 8.4 with a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen and the Charger can be equipped with navigation, Uconnect Access with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and voice texting technologies, and a new Uconnect Via Mobile app for streaming global radio.
Additionally, the 2015 Charger is available with a long list of safety upgrades, and new ones include Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Stop, full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Advanced Brake Assist, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.
2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery: Powertrains
A 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard for the Charger SE and SXT, delivering power to the car’s rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Option the Charger SXT with the Rallye Appearance Group and the horsepower rating rises to 300. All-wheel drive is optional.
The Charger R/T and R/T Road & Track get a 370-horse, 5.7-liter “Hemi” V-8. A new 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, and in conjunction with this engine’s Fuel Saver Technology helps to boost fuel economy. Don’t worry, though. A Hemi-equipped Charger still shoots to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery: Summing Up
It’s easy to dismiss a Dodge Charger as a big, dumb, American car, especially if you’ve never taken the time to drive one that you didn’t find in a rental car lot near the airport. The reality is that the Charger is a capable and compelling way to transport a family, a special vehicle loaded with personality that clearly stands apart in a sea of look-alike sedans. You could get the same thing everyone else drives, but why?
2015 Dodge Charger photos taken by Megan Green for Autobytel