In 2006, the Charger badge appeared on a new Dodge for the first time in 19 years, the seventh model-line to wear the name.
A four-door sedan, that new Charger was built until 2011, when the big Dodge was remodelled into a new ‘second-generation’ model in the rebooted range.
Now, under the stewardship of new parent Fiat, Dodge has unveiled a significantly restyled Charger for America’s 2014 model year.
Taking its cues from the smaller and newer Dart sedan, the updated Charger gets new LED-wrapped headlights, flanking a large backset grille and a new foglight arrangement.
The profile is largely unchanged, although the front doors have been lightly updated.
At the rear, the long ‘racetrack’ LED design has been smoothed out for the new model year, and the bumper has also been given a subtle going-over.
Engine options remain unchanged for 2014, with the range headlined by Chrysler’s 275kW 5.7 litre HEMI V8, along with the 217kW 3.6 litre Pentastar V6.
An eight-speed auto is standard. The V8 model also gets a four-cylinder deactivation system to reduce fuel consumption.
As always, the Charger is available in left-hand-drive only; Chrysler says it currently has no plans to produce a right-hook model.
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