MY2015 Dodge Charger: comprehensive facelift, standard 8-speed auto

Set to enter production in the last quarter of 2014, the facelifted Dodge Charger brings an 8-speed auto as standard and a new family look to the range-topping muscle sedan.

It should be quite easy to spot the facelifted Dodge Charger from its pre-facelift brethren thanks the new front- and rear- end treatments. At the front there’s a new bonnet, front guards, headlights, grille and bumper; while at the rear there’s a redesigned set of tail-lights which uses the “race track” motif already seen on the Dart and Durango. 20-inch alloy wheels are standard on R/T models, with many optional designs to choose from.

Inside a changes are a little more subtle, but there’s a new look for the instrument gauges and a high-res 7-inch screen nestled in between the tachometer and speedometer. Connected to the new chunky gear shift is an 8-speed automatic transmission that’s standard throughout the Charger range.

The Dodge Charger R/T and R/T Road & Track (so that’s Road/Track Road & Track??) are powered by the company’s 5.7-litre Hemi V8. With 275kW (370hp) of power and 535Nm (395 lb-ft) of torque on hand, Dodge claims that the revised Charger can go from 0 to 60mph under 6 seconds.

Regular Chargers are fitted with a 3.6-litre V6 turning out 218kW (292hp) of power and 353Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque to either the rear or all four wheels. Rear-wheel drive models achieve a fuel economy figure of 7.6L/100km (31mpg). For Charger SXT models fitted with the Rallye Appearance Group power and torque are bumped up to 224kW (300hp) and 358Nm (264 lb-ft) respectively.

Low spec Dodge Chargers are fitted with a 5-inch touchscreen, while higher grade models come kitted out with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Paired with a smartphone the UConnect entertainment system has direct access to Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker internet radio services.

Other features available on the facelifted Charger include 911 call assist, proximity entry key, push button start, adaptive cruise control available at any speed, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.