The 2019 Charger Soldiers On
Very few changes are in the works for the 2019 model year Dodge Charger lineup as the automaker is seemingly just offering a new round of updates. Though the car isn’t quite as old as its Challenger sibling that debuted in 2008, the Charger hasn’t received a revamp to its platform since its seventh-generation introduction back in 2011. Dodge has chosen to focus on the Charger SRT Hellcat as the main recipient of the latest updates.
Here’s what’s new for the 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat:
Although the muscle car will stick with the existing eight-speed automatic transmission and a 6.2L supercharged V8 engine that generates 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque (it’s not really broke, no need to “fix” this powertrain), revised styling will add some new performance features. A new grille with dual inlets will help feed cool air to the engine, while other features initially developed for the 2018 Challenger SRT will migrate to the Charger SRT Hellcat. Features such as Launch Assist, Line Lock, After-Run Chiller, and Torque Reserve will all be available on the 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat. Let’s break down what each feature does:
- Launch Assist – Refers to wheel speed sensors that monitor wheel hop at launch and have the ability to correct the problem by modifying engine torque to regain full grip within milliseconds.
- Line Lock – Those looking to show off with burnout will be happy to know that this feature engages the front brakes to help the car remain stationary while the rear pair of wheels remains free.
- After-Run Chiller – A Mechanism that keeps cooling the supercharger after the engine has been shut off.
- Torque Reserve – A system that closes a bypass valve to prefill the supercharger while stopped that works to control the fuel flow and spark advance to generate a reserve of torque as soon as the driver’s foot releases the brake pedal.
Stripe packages are also available for the 2019 model year, with the red, blue, and silver dual-center stripes available on the SRT Hellcat, and dual carbon stripes on the R/T Scat Pack and R/T trim for the first time. Additionally, Dodge has chosen to split the base trims into the rear-wheel-drive Charger GT and Charger SXT, and the all-wheel-drive Charger SXT. All three vehicles are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine under the hood, although the GT and SXT (all-wheel-drive) are more powerful with their 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque versus the rear-wheel-drive SXT whose same Pentastar engine generates 292 horsepower and up to 260 lb-ft of torque.
Caramel Nappa leather and houndstooth cloth are new upholstery options across the board, while a black accent package that adds a more sinister look will also be available. All of these updates are intended to tide over performance car lovers until Dodge finally implements a full redesign sometime before the 2021 model year. Industry insiders previously expected that the next generation Dodge lineup would adopt a platform from Alfa Romeo or Maserati, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as Dodge executives have mentioned the brand may stick with a heavily updated version of the current generation platform instead.