Dodge has shuffled the lineup of the Charger sedan for 2019. Previously available in AWD, the GT trim is now rear-drive only, while the SXT now offers the option of all-wheel drive. The SRT 392 has been discontinued, while the Daytona trim has morphed into a package for R/T and Scat Pack models. The Charger Scat Pack and Hellcat trims now include line lock and launch control, with the Hellcat also offering torque reserve, which builds boost while stopped to aid in faster launches, and the After-Run Chiller system borrowed from the Demon, which helps cool the supercharger by using a/c refrigerant. R/T and GT models have a revised hood and front fascia, upgraded performance suspension and Dodge Performance Pages to analyze performance metrics in real time.
The 2019 Dodge Charger is offered in several different trims, including SXT and SXT Plus, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat trims.
Rear-wheel drive Charger SXT and GT models come with a 292-horsepower, 3.6L V6, though the SXT with AWD produces 300 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive system is automatic with an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect.
The R/T models channel Dodge's muscle-car past, stepping up to a 5.7L Hemi V8 with 370 horsepower and 395 foot-pounds of torque. The engine utilizes variable cam timing as well as a four-cylinder mode for fuel saving when the extra power isn't needed. R/T cars also feature several performance upgrades to the suspension, exhaust, brakes and seats. The R/T Scat Pack, meanwhile, benefits from a 485-hp 6.4L V8, which also makes 475 foot-pounds of torque.
Finally, Hellcat models stand atop the Charger heap, with a supercharged 6.2-L Hemi V8 that produces 707 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque. All Chargers make use of a standard TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Charger SXT comes well equipped with 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, a power driver's seat, dual-zone air conditioning, other power accessories and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support. The SXT Plus adds 18-inch carbon painted wheels, heated front seats, four-way lumbar adjustability for the driver, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, one year of SiriusXM radio, a voice-command Uconnect interface with 8.4-inch touch screen and Bluetooth connectivity and a 276-watt Alpine six-speaker premium audio system.
In addition to the Hemi V8 and performance upgrades such as active damping in the suspension, the R/T provides 20-inch wheels, a rev-matching TorqueFlite transmission, plus paddle shifters and Sport Mode. It also benefits from Dodge Performance Pages, which provides real-time updates to a host of performance metrics in the car. Alcantara suede and Nappa leather sport seats are also included. The SXT Plus-Leather Package includes HID projector headlights and auto-dimming driver's side exterior mirror, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals and steering column and upgraded LED interior lighting.
Finally, the Hellcat brings performance-tuned steering, torque reserve to build boost while stopped, which aids in faster launches, and the After-Run Chiller system borrowed from the Demon, which helps cool the supercharger after high-speed runs.
Notable options across the model range include the Driver Confidence Group, with parking assist and power heated foldaway mirrors, ParkSense parking assist and blind-spot detection. Navigation is available, as is a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon 900-watt premium audio system.