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    Double Trouble From Dodge: 2015 Charger and Challenger

      And Here's The 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger!

    Well someone has spilled the beans and released the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger to the world before their official debut at the New York Auto Show tomorrow. Here's the 411 on both models.

    First up is the 2015 Charger and has undergone a major transformation with every body panel getting changed in some way. The front end is the most dramatic change with it taking some ideas from the Dart with a larger crosshair grille, slimmer headlights with with distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a new bumper with separate LED running lights. Around back is a new trunk lid with a revised taillight. R/T models get a new lip spoiler that take the place of the raised spoiler.

    Inside, the Charger gets a new steering wheel, shifter knob, and interior trim choices. On the technology front, Dodge has fitted a new 7.4 screen into the instrument cluster and offers a choice of touchscreens up to 8.4 inches in the center stack. Owners will also get get trial access to Uconnect services, which include 911, roadside assistance, theft alert, voice texting and a Wi-Fi hotspot to name a few features.

    As for powertrains, the 3.6L Pentastar V8 and 5.7L HEMI V8 carry over with no changes in horsepower and torque. What has changed is a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic is coming to the V8.

    Mechanical changes come in the form of new drive modes. The modes (normal, comfort, and sport) adjust throttle response, steering, and transmission.

    The 2015 Charger goes on sale sometime in the forth quarter.

    2015 Dodge Charger Gallery

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    For Info On The 2015 Challenger, See The Next Page

    Meanwhile for the 2015 Challenger, it begins with some light changes outside. There is a new split grille, LED daytime running lights, revised tail lamps, and more pronounced power bulge. Inside, the dashboard is redesigned to fit a new range of touchscreens all the way up to 8.4 inches. A new seven-inch screen resides in the instrument cluster.

    As for the lineup, the 2015 Challenger is offered in six different variants. They are as followed:

    • SXT and SXT Plus: Come with 3.6L Pentastar V6
    • R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, and R/T Plus Shaker: Come with the 5.7L HEMI V8 with 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Shaker models come with the Shaker hood.
    • 6.4-liter Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker: Come with the 6.4L HEMI V8 with 70 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Also pack Brembo brakes and twenty-inch aluminum wheels

    All models come standard with a six-speed manual, while an eight-speed automatic is optional across the board.

    Other changes for the 2015 Challenger include a new electric steering system with the choice of three different modes, Super Track Pak suspension upgrade, and a system where you can set throttle, transmission and steering performance to the way you want it.

    The 2015 Challenger goes on sale this fall.

    Source: Dodge

    2015 Dodge Challenger Gallery

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    I love the Challanger packages, very good and should sell well for them and there is something for everyone including the collectors.

    In regards to the Charger, I love that they kept the indent on the front doors and the huanches and the rear is nice. The Interior I really like and as such feel it will still sell well for them.

    The Nose, I am mixed on. I see the point in getting better areo dynamics for MPG, but it lost the Charger Look and now looks vague, plain forgetable. Nice but forgetable. Not sure if it will grow on me or not. Mixed about the front Nose job. This is like Baby from Dirty Dancing, She got a nose job and became forgetable and only now is making it back into TV and Movies.

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    I like the new front end with the slimmer grill and connected, slimmer headlights. It makes the car look visually wider. Plus, while I do like the current front end, I hated that small overhang of the current car's grill. The rear is a more refined evolution. Overall I really like the updates.

    Challenger got attention where it needed it the most: inside. No complaints about the exterior tweaks.. Dig The Shaker.

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    I'm not totally sold on the Charger's new face but it's growing on me from certain angles. The Challenger however is awesome, that interior is light years ahead of the old one, my love for this car just grew even more.

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    Is the 8 speed auto the same ZF 8 speed they've been using? I'm curious to see what that will do for the fuel economy on the 5.7 V8. Mine definitely needs at least one more gear on top to drop the revs. At 74 I'm turning at about 2400 or so.

    So far, I like mine better, but I'll be in NY to see this one on Saturday. I like my more aggressive front end better than this smoothed out front end. From the rear, I think this new one really looks like the Dart. I hope it looks better in person than in these pics.

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    I immediately love the Challenger's tweaks. The Charger's jarring new Dart-like front end, stuck on the old car's midsection, with a Dart-like tail... I don't know. So far I prefer the previous Charger front. The rear is sort of... the same but different.

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    Not bad, the Charger does more for me than any Chrysler vehicle in recent memory. A few details seem a little off, but overall a positive direction.

    The Challenger...well, haven't been a fan of the front since its intro. Nice rear clip, though, better than the new '14 Camaro's (which looks like a '90s integra to me)

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    Is the 8 speed auto the same ZF 8 speed they've been using? I'm curious to see what that will do for the fuel economy on the 5.7 V8. Mine definitely needs at least one more gear on top to drop the revs. At 74 I'm turning at about 2400 or so.

    I think its a different one judging from the name of the transmission.. I'll check in with Chrysler and see if its the same or not.

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    Based on the comments here, Dodge has done with the Charger what Ram did with their trucks. Love it or hate it look that will have people talking about it.

    If anyone can photo shop this into an all black model like the cops are doing as sleeper unmarked cars that would be great. :D

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    It's not the ZF unit I dont think.

    The interior is an excellent update of the current model but calling it an upgrade is a bit of a stretch. The material qualitys is largely the same, but I'm hoping they'll assemble it better than the current car.

    These two aren't really what I'd be looking for for myself, but it gives me hope for the 300 which has a visually handsome interior that suffers from issues in assembly.

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    I don't like the Dart front end on the Charger or the narrow headlights. There doesn't seem to be a lot new here, it is like the Cruze or Infiniti Q70 and QX80 refreshes, it doesn't seem like they really did too much, other than make the front ends look worse. At least they dumped the 5-speed automatic on the V8 models.

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    As a MY12 Charger R/T owner (same color as the one in the pics, no less), my first impression of this was not wowed, not horrified. I get that they are trying for a family resemblance. I don't get why everybody wants to suddenly see the Dart in everything, though. Suddenly every Chrysler car looks exactly like a Dart? This, the 200, I just don't get it. Does this have Dart appearance cues in the front end? Yes. But if nothing else I think that front end looks more like the Journey or the Durango than the Dart. Just my opinion, though.

    Having said that, it does grow on me a little every time I see it. I'm beginning to like it more and more. I'm curious to see how it will look in the SXT trim and also curious why they only released pictures of an R/T. Will the SXT still have a black painted front bumper mid-section or will it be body color? I also think this might look much better in the darker colors such as black and grey ala Corvette.

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    A better refresh would have been to leave the front end alone, and add the 3.0 diesel to it, if they can get 30 mpg on a Grand Cherokee, I bet they could get 33 on a Charger. And the police would love that too since diesels run forever.

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    Call me crazy but I see this less as the Dart styling on the Charger than I set it as the next logical styling evolution from the 2008 Magnum. That was the one and done refresh year. To me it is refreshed Magnum styling on the Charger.


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