Like the Challenger, the Dodge Charger has received some drastic updates that make it a better sports car. However, whereas the Challenger’s most notable upgrades reside inside the car, the Charger’s are out in the open for all to see.
The first thing that jumps out at you is its bold new face, which is more forward-leaning than before. Clearly inspired by the one on the Dodge Dart, its most prominent elements are the new crosshair grille, redesigned headlights, and blacked-out graphics. It almost looks out of place on the car.
The rear end design also echoes that of the Dart and sports wraparound taillights that are rounder.
Inside, the updated Charger feature a number of new design elements, including a three-spoke steering wheel, a 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster, a “performance-inspired” electronic shifter, and a choice of eight new trim and color combinations. The Uconnect infotainment system now comes with 3D sat-nav and wireless hotspot capabilities.
Power is provided by the Chrysler Group’s tried and tested 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque. Those that want more power can opt for the larger 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with its 370 hp and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm). Both engines are connected to an 8-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission that allows V6-equipped models to return best-in-class combined fuel efficiency rating of 31 mpg.
As for safety, the large sports sedan “offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 full- speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, ParkSense rear park assist systems and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call.”
The updated Dodge Charger goes on sale in late 2014.
Fiat Chrysler Unconnect Now Lets You Order Pizza Using Your Car
Uconnect has consistently been one of the best infotainment system on the market, and Uconnect Market will make it even better.
Not to be outdone by General Motors, which has been a dominant force when it comes to offering in-car commerce, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has has given its Unconnect infotainment system a new Market platform that treats Jeep, RAM, Chrysler, and Dodge owners to most of the same convenience features enjoyed by owners of GM vehicles.
Unconnect Market allows a variety of third-party companies to offer connected buying services directly through the infotainment system. With it, you will be able to order and pay for food, reserve a table at a restaurant, fill your tank at pump-and-pay gas locations, locate and pay for nearby parking, and even schedule service appointments.
Adding a credit card when setting up a Uconnect Market account gives you authorized card-free fuel fill-ups at participating Shell stations.
The Unconnect Market platform rolls out via an over-the-air (OTA) update in the second half of 2019 for current 2019 model year or newer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan
It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.
Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.
All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.
Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.
Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.
The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.
Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.
Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.
The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.
Dodge Makes Charger And Challenger Sublime
The company wants you to make your friends green with envy.
Dodge has brought back ‘Sublime’, an eye-catching shade of green first introduced in 1970 on a number of its models.
The heritage-laced color made a returned on a limited run of Charger R/T Daytonas in 2007, as well as for the Challenger’s 2015 model year. It will once again be offered on the Charger and Challenger starting in February 2019, specifically on the Charger Scat Pack, the Charter SRT Hellcat, the Challenger Widebody, and the Challenger T/A.
“By bringing back a high-impact color like Sublime across the 2019 Challenger and Charger lineups, we’re continuing to give our enthusiast customers another way to make their muscle cars even more unique when they showcase the legendary Dodge performance attitude,” said Steve Beahm, the head of passenger car brands for Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat.
Don’t like the green but still want to stand out from the crowd? Fortunately, Dodge offers a wide selection of other special colors that should strike your fancy, including B5 Blue, Go Mango, F8 Green, Plum Crazy, and TorRed.