A BRAND NEW CHARGER FOR 2011
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Published on Tue, Oct 5, 2010
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
First, we complain about the lack of new products from the new Chrysler corporation. Now, it seems the automaker is announcing new products every month. For October, Chrysler’s car of the month is a brand new Dodge Charger. Chrysler says “the efficient and aerodynamic exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s.” I think that might be a stretch, but the new look is nonetheless a nice improvement over the previous generation. The new Charger still looks like it’s mad at somebody, with its sinister “ready-to-attack-the-road” face (as Chrysler puts it). The Dodge boys and girls say the new Charger is a result of countless hours in the wind tunnel, from its lower hood line, faster windshield and raked back light, to its tighter wheel openings, lower sill and race-car-like flat underbody.
The aluminum hood features dual scallops that bring a sculptured, performance look to the front end, while large body-side scallops deliver a striking undulating A-line across the doors. Running front to rear is the iconic horizontal “coke bottle” or “double-diamond” body-side styling that creates a tapering silhouette accented with muscular front and rear fenders (okay, now it’s starting to look like the second generation Charger). Out back is a new signature taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form a signature “racetrack” graphic. It’s meant to allow you to spot the new Charger from blocks away. Inside, the 2011 Charger features a thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel, soft-touch materials and four available interior color combinations. The new car features something called Uconnect® Touch, which integrates infotainment and convenience technologies to keep passengers connected, comfortable and secure. From segment-leading Garmin® navigation, to dual-zone climate controls and the ability to check fuel prices with the integration of available SIRIUS Travel Link, Uconnect Touch is designed to deliver a positive experience for the driver and passengers.
Chrysler says that the Dodge engineers were able to tune the cabin for sound quality (rather than sound level) by isolating powertrain, road and wind noise. In addition, the unibody packages material and structural design improvements such as dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush roll-framed doors with triple seals and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin. Chrysler retains the rear-wheel drive (RWD) architecture for the Dodge Charger, which should make the drifters and hot rodders happy. Under the hood, the new Charger SE and Charger Rallye feature a new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. For maximum thrills, however, there’s a new Charger R/T, which features the tried and true 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode FuelSaver Technology. The all-wheel drive (AWD) version of the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T features a re-thought stance and 19-inch wheels. The Charger AWD features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system to improve fuel economy by up to a claimed five percent. The Charger’s AWD system is designed to seamlessly transition between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy.
The 2011 Charger is slated to arrive in Dodge showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010. - Roy Nakano