2019 Dodge Charger Gets Much Needed Updates, Including Hotter Hellcat

Dodge has updated its Charger sedan for the 2019 model year, giving all variants some attention – albeit not enough to hide the car’s age.

Customers of the 2019 Dodge Charger will have heaps of choice as the sedan will be sold in SXT, GT, SXT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and Hellcat guises.

Starting with the most exciting of those, the Hellcat, the 2019 Charger comes with a host of upgrades first used by the Dodge Challenger Demon. For example, the sedan has line lock, torque reserve, After-Run Chiller, and launch assist.

The After-Run Chiller system works by cooling the supercharger air cooler even after the engine has been shut off. Meanwhile, the torque reserve closes a bypass valve to pre-fill the supercharger and ensure optimal performance.

Visually, the new Charger Hellcat adopts 20-inch forged wheels, a satin black hood option and a bespoke front grille with two large air intakes to cool the all-conquering engine.

There’s a 2019 Dodge Charger for everyone

One step down in the Charger range sits the R/T Scat Pack. It gets similar visual upgrades as well as the line lock and launch assist systems of the Hellcat. A set of three-mode Bilstein adaptive dampers can even be optioned. Also available for 2019 are the R/T and SXT AWD. The first of these has some tweaked exterior and interior components and pumps out 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque from its 5.7-liter V8 engine.

Similarly, the SXT AWD benefits from minor alterations to its looks and thanks to a Pentastar V6, produces a respectable 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. As the name of the model implies, it has all-wheel drive.

A second all-new addition to the range is the 2019 Dodge Charger GT, featuring the same powertrain as the SXT AWD but sold with different suspension, a 3.07 rear axle ratio, Dodge Performance Pages, paddle shifters and an 8.4-inch Uconnect system.

Dodge will open order books for the 2019 Charger this month with the first vehicles landing in the hands of customers in the third quarter of 2018.

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  • Puddingpopper

    the 1997 e class called, it wants its chassis to be retired

    • Hoozyadatty

      It may be long in the tooth, but it is still an excellent driving car. I’ve owned everything from Mercedes, BMW…et al, and I can tell you my SRT is one of the best cars I’ve ever owned. With the right rubber on the wheels it is hard to find such a well balanced car.

      • performante

        >Charger
        >Excellent Driving Car

        Pick one.

        • Jason Miller

          Well he actually owns one so he can have that opinion. How about you?

          • Puddingpopper

            I’ve driven enough of them to know I need a life jacket in case I need to abandon ship

          • Bash

            I own an SRT Charger and it’s a great car, you don’t know what you are talking about.

      • Victor Ferreira

        The truth is that it’s not surprising this car endures. Even with all its flaws (namely FCA’s quality issues and whatnot), it’s the most affordable – and only, in some cases? – RWD full size sedan out there. Chevrolet and Ford have nothing to compete with it. Not to mention it looks good, even considering it’s a dated design on an even more dated platform. Given the chance, I’d probably buy or at least seriously consider an R/T Scat Pack Charger.

        • Jason Miller

          Same. I want a Scat Pack so bad but it’s just out of my budget. 🙁

          • #QAnon

            get a better job

        • Perry F. Bruns

          Now if only they’d improve the fuel economy…

          • Victor Ferreira

            While that’s a fair point, it’s really not dysmal for a naturally aspirated V8 pushing 500 horsepower.

          • Perry F. Bruns

            Good point. And as much as I’m not a sedan person, it’s not bad for a 23-year-old platform. I wonder if they couldn’t benefit from a little Lotus-ization. Not the NVH or Lucas Electrics part, of course, but the “Simplicate and add lightness” part.

            I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if a brilliant team of engineers couldn’t build a new Charger/Chrysler 300 platform that slices off 500 lb.

      • Spyder Hole Fantome

        Thank you Dodge for still offering a proper rwd affordable V8 sedan that looks awesome and is fun to drive.

    • ZYGIUS

      Your mercedes is lied to you….

    • Bo Hanan

      Hahahahahahaha!!!!! I love you!

    • Kagan

      It ain’t 1997 it is 1995!

  • Bo Hanan

    Gotta figure the 2019 models have all the bugs and ailments worked out. They are no doubt the best of the breed. But-

    • Jay

      Old bugs and ailments are worked out to make room for the new ones.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        Yes. We must have better bugs and ailments. 😉

  • Mr. EP9

    Well, those upgrades to the Charger Hellcat should make it more fun at the drag strip. Still, though, it’s pretty long in the tooth.

  • Craig

    I say… be thankful such a car even exists.

  • john1168

    Buy the Pentastar V6 with AWD and put a Procharger supercharger on it (i-1).

  • AMG_Power

    Was the regular SRT dropped from the lineup?

    • Infinite1

      It’s still around

    • To be fair SRT and R/T Scat Pack always confused me, especially they had the same engine and all.

  • Karl

    Nice antique car you got there Dodge,how old is this car again?

    • Matt Johnson

      It’s not an antique.

      • Karl

        Well what would you call it then? This is nothing but a fast antique car!

        • Jason Miller

          It looks good and it still sells.

  • DJ

    Lol OMG. I was just going to say. “How much more life are they going to squeeze out of this 20+yr old platform ?

  • gibgibgib

    Are the Mitsubishi Mirage and Charger the only cars still using this type of door handle…?

  • CHRYSLER DROPS THE DODGE NAME FOR RAM THEN TAKE DESIGN CUES FROM RAM AND GIVE IT TO DODGE.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75242ab68f9e03921a2e5047bf082fd838ec3206e2ae6524acd241389fff9d94.jpg

  • May the Charger lives as long as they can (Giulia based replacement anyone?)

  • Infinite1

    Despite it being an old design, it’s still a beautiful car. Every time I see one of these, I can’t help but appreciate it.

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