The Dodge Charger, which has continued in earnest with minor changes since 2011, is getting some more minor updates for 2018 as Dodge hopes to maintain its relevance in the market. At the time of writing, the Dodge Charger is crawling eight years old and probably won’t see its much-needed generational shift until 2020. With that in mind, it should also be noted that Dodge’s Charger lineup will now be offered in just six trim levels. The revised range of trim levels and minor updates should at least help a car’s old-geezer keep going, so let’s take a closer look at the new trim levels and what each trim level gets.
2019 Dodge Charger SXT Updates
For 2019, the AWD charger SXT – as far as we can tell – will not receive updates to the standard equipment list. It continues to include things like remote start, electronic stability control, halogen headlights and a capless fuel system, among others. What Dodge did add to the SXT was the option for Caramel Nappa leather and the option for the Cold Weather Package, which includes a heated steering wheel and heated driver and passenger seats, wrapped in fabric, of course.
While it shares the same dated look with the rest of the Charger lineup, the SXT is one of the newest and even has an AWD setup. That setup makes 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque on the ground from a 3.6-liter V-6. It’s far from the fastest charger in the lineup, but it works pretty well. Of course, you’re only dealing with an automatic transmission, so if you like to row yourself, you’d better look elsewhere.
2019 Dodge Charger GT
This is technically a new trim level, but it’s really nothing more than an SXT Plus with a different badge on it. It basically replaces the SXT and the SXT Plus, and even comes with the same 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. However, this trim level comes with a performance bonnet, a more aggressive dashboard, new side sills, a small spoiler and a new set of seats. It comes complete with performance suspension, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, paddle shifters and performance pages in the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. The seats are upholstered in Houndstooth fabric, while there is a new Dark Dub instrument panel. You can opt for 20-inch Satin Carbon whiles or Black Noise wheels if you’re willing to pay. It can also be equipped with the aforementioned Cold Weather package.
2019 Dodge Charger SXT AWD Updates
The SXT Plus (RWD) may now carry a GT badge, but the SXT AWD carries over almost unchanged. It has the same 3.6-liter engine with 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. For 2019, Dodge only saw fit to set it up with the same news options available for the SXT — the Carmel Nappa leather interior and Houndstooth cloth seats. It can come with a new Blacktop package with 19-inch Black Noise wheels or the Cold Weather package. Needless to say, if you have an SXT AWD in the driveway, there’s no need to trade in for something new unless you really want those wheels or a heated steering wheel.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Updates
For 2019, the Charger R/T actually loses its standout status, being almost indistinguishable from the GT, as it gets the same performance bonnet, front end, side sills, spoiler and seats. It even gets the same chassis upgrades with performance suspension. It gets “enhanced” steering, but shares the GT’s paddle shifters and performance pages in the infotainment system, Dark Dub instrument panel and Houndstooth seat trim. The same optional wheels are also available, including the 20-inch Stain Carbon rollers and the Black Noise wheels. The only real thing that sets it apart is the 2.62 rear axle ratio and the transferable 5.7-liter Hemi which is good for 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.
2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Updates
The Dodge Charger R/T continues with the same 485 horsepower, Hemi V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2019, though, it’s getting some Demon DNA, including a standard line-lock system, a new launch-control switch for easier access, a new performance roster and a Scat Pack bee logo. Optional equipment includes dual carbon stripes, satin black hood and Bilstein adaptive mufflers. It’s not much, but the addition of the line-lock system is a huge plus, and those adaptive dampers are a pretty good idea if you can afford to tick the options box.
2010 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Updates
Like the rest of the lineup, the Charger SRT Hellcat doesn’t see much improvement over last year’s model. It does get a new performance grille (much like the one on the R/T Scat package) with dual intakes. It also comes with Launch Assist, Line Lock, After-Run Chiller and Torque Reserve. There’s a new badge on the dash and you can opt for a Satin Black hood, Brass Monkey 20-inch wheels and an Alcantara interior.
Color options for Dodge Charger 2019
|F8 Green, Go Mango|
It’s nice to see some minor additions to the Charger lineup, but it’s time for a new generation to come to life. Some models didn’t change a bit and only received a handful of new, and probably expensive, options. Dodge is clearly trying to keep the Charger relevant until it succeeds in making a revamped model, but that has to happen sooner or later, as consumers will lose interest at this age. There’s no need to buy a new charger if it doesn’t change, meaning those with a pre-2014 model can switch to Camaro or Mustang territory very easily if Dodge doesn’t come up with revised muscle cars quickly. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but Dodge is playing a risky game and things can go wrong pretty quickly.
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