Dodge//SRT is revamping the entirety of its Charger lineup for next year. New for 2019, Dodge will shift the Charger lineup into six distinct models offering a range of performance and powertrain options. The lineup ranges from the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the efficient V-6 of the new Charger GT RWD performance model and the all-wheel-drive capability of the new SXT AWD model.
“Despite a shift toward utility vehicles in the United States over the past decade, the Dodge Charger and Challenger continue to buck the trend,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “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.”
Dealer orders for the 2019 Dodge Charger open in late June, and vehicles are scheduled to arrive in Dodge dealerships in the third quarter of 2018.
Charger SRT Hellcat
With a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 that delivers 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat is the quickest, fastest, most powerful sedan the world over. The engine is mated to the quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
New for 2019, the Charger SRT Hellcat features a new performance grille with dual inlets to direct cool outside air into the engine compartment. Adding to this impressive beast’s power are four race-inspired technologies that come standard on the Hellcat, including:
- Launch Assist, which uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
- Line Lock, which engages the front brakes to hold the Charger SRT Hellcat stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
- After-Run Chiller, which keeps cooling the supercharger/charge air cooler after the engine is shut off
- Torque Reserve, which closes a bypass valve to prefill the supercharger and manages fuel flow and spark advance to balance engine rpm and torque, generates a reserve of torque that is delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop
New instrument panel badging, a Satin Black painted hood option, optional Brass Monkey 20-inch forged wheels and an Alcantara interior package are also new for the upcoming model year.
Charger R/T Scat Pack
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack provides the most muscle for the dollar; powered by the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8, it delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and uses the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, priced under $40,000.
New for 2019, Launch Assist and Line Lock are now standard features on the R/T Scat Pack. A new switch on the dashboard provides a quick way to initialize Launch Control, which coordinates the engine, transmission, driveline and suspension for consistent straight-line acceleration.
R/T Scat Pack features the same new performance grille as the SRT Hellcat and adds a new Scat Pack bee badge on the decklid, replacing the R/T badge. New Dark Dub Plate instrument panel and Houndstooth cloth performance seat with an added Scat Pack bee logo are also standard. Dual Carbon stripes, a Satin Black-painted hood and Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension join the list of available options.
The 2019 Dodge Charger R/T is powered by the iconic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, rated at 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2019, the Charger R/T will have a new look thanks to the performance hood, fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler and seats. Race-inspired chassis upgrades will appear too, including a standard performance suspension, 2.62 rear axle ratio, enhanced steering, steering wheel with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth bolstered performance seats, new Dark Dub Plate instrument panel, and new 20-inch Satin Carbon and Black Noise wheel options.
Available on the R/T is the new Cold Weather Package, which includes heated steering wheel and heated cloth driver and passenger seats.
Charger SXT AWD
The Charger SXT AWD model, new for 2019, is powered by the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, and mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering up to 27 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive system is automatic with an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect to help minimize powertrain parasitic losses.
Available options on the SXT AWD are a new Caramel Nappa leather interior, Houndstooth cloth sport seats and the Blacktop Package, which includes a new 19-inch Black Noise wheel. The new Cold Weather Package is also available on the SXT AWD.
The new Dodge Charger GT RWD performance model is powered by the Pentastar V-6 engine as well, once again mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2019, the GT too will receive new performance looks, and the same chassis upgrades as the Charger R/T. It’s also available with the new Cold Weather Package.
The powerful, roomy and solid Charger SXT model is powered by the standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, rated at 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, working with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2019, the Charger SXT includes electronic stability control, remote start, cruise control, electric power steering, capless fuel filler, automatic halogen projector headlamps with LED accents and three 12-volt power outlets.
Available options for SXT include Houndstooth cloth sport seats, a new Caramel Nappa leather interior, the popular Blacktop Package, which includes a new 20-inch Black Noise wheel, and the new Cold Weather Package.
Charger Exterior Colors
Available exterior colors for all 2019 Dodge Charger models include 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.