Charge It: Dodge Teases Facelifted 2019 Charger

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

The Dodge Charger and its Challenger cousin have been stalwart models of the Dodge lineup since the 2006 model year, back when the place was still called DaimlerChrysler.

By the way, it’s been 20 years since that “merger of equals” (which it totally wasn’t) and Automotive News has a fantastic longform piece on the milestone with behind-the-scenes stories from people who lived to tell the tale. The description of a senior-level German lighting up a cigar while steamrolling the “no smoking” exhortations of the Chrysler contingent tells you all you need to know about who was really in charge at the time.

I digress. Now, about that 2019 Charger. It appears a four-door Hellcat will continue after all.

FCA last hit the Charger with a major refresh for the 2011 model year, a machine of which your author owns a 2012 copy and enjoys immensely. It’s one of the few machines that can fit my 6’6” frame in stretch-out comfort yet routinely still return better than 27 mpg from the 3.6-liter Pentastar and eight-speed ZF automatic.

The Charger’s corners were softened for 2015 with a mild exterior facelift in the form of massaged taillights and a set of headlamps that look like wraparound sunglasses. By design, this teaser image doesn’t tell us much, beyond a slimming of the grille, potential LED mascara on the lower edge of the headlamps, and maybe some sort of nostril intake on the outboard part of the grille – at least on the Hellcat shown here. Spy photos of the Hellcat Charger have also surfaced in recent days.

Dodge touts the Charger as “America’s only four-door muscle car” and, with the demise of Chevy’s super but obtusely-titled SS, your author thinks they have a point. The company makes it clear it thinks customers enjoy the car’s aggro appearance, calling the new front end “sinister” and boasting of its “visual width.”

These exterior refinements are obstinately a stop-gap measure until a new Charger comes along, whenever that may be. Product timelines at FCA change with the wind, after all. Right now, the car is set for a redesign by 2021 with a switch to the Giulia or Ghibli platform, depending on who you talk to. The Ghibli base, called the M157 (a shortened version of the M156 platform found in the Quattroporte), is currently the most widely spoken of rumour.

With Sergio on his way out the door, there is every reason in the world to think the new corporate helmsman (or woman) will bin those plans in favor of building all trucks or all SUVs or opening a polar bear-friendly bicycle factory. Hard to tell these days.

Dodge promises more details about the 2019 Charger in the coming months.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on May 09, 2018

    I could see a Durango “coupe” or a shortened one named Ramcharger.

    • John Scott John Scott on May 10, 2018

      Wow, sure hope somebody from FCA monitors TTAC, that’s the perfect name for a sportier Durango!

  • THX1136 THX1136 on May 10, 2018

    If I had the financial means to do so, I'd buy a Charger in a heartbeat. The mileage would be a bit under my needs (I'd like at least 35 mpg as my DD is 84 miles round trip), but if I could afford one the fuel cost wouldn't be a big deal either most likely. In fact, I'd be driving one now if they had put the 99 concept into production. I thought that was a great iteration of what the Charger was to me. I've always bought used and with two exceptions they have always worked out well. I've wanted to see how far I could get a new car. All I've owned have been over 250k vehicles (the exceptions being the aforementioned 2). I figure I should be able to get a new one to a half million easy (came close with the 84 Shelby Charger which had 406K when I sold it). As it stands now, I'll probably not get the chance as I'm soon to be 66 and I expect my time on the road will decrease as I get older.

  • RobbyG $100k+...for a Jeep. Are they selling these in fantasy land?Twin turbo inline 6 paired to an 8-speed transmission. Yet still only gets 14mpg.Whatever money you think you would save over a V-8 will be spent 2-3x amount fixing these things when they blow up.
  • Alan Well the manufacturers are catching up with stocks. This means shortages of parts is reducing. Stocks are building around the world even Australia and last year had the most vehicles ever sold here.
  • Larry You neglected to mention that the 2024 Atlas has a US Government 5-Star Safety Rating.
  • Alan Why is it that Toyota and Nissan beat their large SUVs (Patrol/300 Series) with an ugly stick and say they are upmarket? Whilst they are beating the vehicles with an ugly stick they reduce the off road ability rather than improve it.As I've stated in previous comments you are far better off waiting for the Patrol to arrive than buy an overpriced vehicle.
  • Alan How many people do you see with a 4x4 running mud tyres? How many people do you see with a 4x4 running massive rims and low profile tyres? How many people have oversize mirrors for towing once in a blue moon? How many 4x4s do you see lifted? How many people care what tyres they run to save fuel? The most comfortable tyres are more or less the most economical.
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