Dodge Challenger 2015 debuts at New York Auto Show
Hot on the heels of the 2015 Dodge Charger’s dramatic facelift, the 2015 Challenger gets its own retro-esque styling upgrades, a new 6.4-litre Scat Pack and Shaker trims.
With competitors steering away from their respective retro pony-car image, Dodge has decided to head in the opposite direction by enhancing the Challenger with a new split grille, larger hood power bulge and projector lights. The same idea continues to the rear with split LED taillights surrounded by glossy black trim, and a rear valance panel to make the car look wider and lower.
Engines primarily remain the same; with a 305 hp 3.6-litre V6, a 372 hp 5.7-litre V8 and Scat Pack upgraded 6.4-litre V8 that bumps power up by 15 horses to 485 hp that can be optioned with Brembo brakes and 20-inch aluminium wheels. Additionally the 6.4-litre and 5.7-litre model can be optioned with a Shaker trim that adds a functional hood scoop mated to a cold-are intake, Super Track Pak suspension, Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres, sports seats and fancy black graphics. Throughout the range, the Challanger can now be optioned with the TorqueFlight 8-speed automatic with a 6-speed manual available for the 5.4-litre and 6.4-litre models. It would seem Chrysler is saving the SRT badge for a more powerful model with a supercharged V8, dubbed the “Hellcat”, in the near future.
The interior gets upgraded with a bit more gadgetry in the form of an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system and 7-inch customization display between the retro-inspired speedometer and tachometer. With a high-sill center aluminium gauge bezels makes the revamped interior extremely pleasing to the eyes. Through the Uconnect interface, you can now access the all-new Dodge performance pages that allows you to select different driving modes to adjust steering effort, engine and transmission response, electronic stability and traction controls, and standard launch control. It can also be optioned with a forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger is slated to begin production in the third quarter of 2014. We assume it will appear in UAE and other GCC showrooms sometime early next year.