We overlook our long-term 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, but it looks like we might find an excuse to get behind the wheel of a 700-plus-hp Charger once more. Dodge is upgrading the model for the 2019 version year, even though it has just confirmed surface-level alterations.
Within this teaser picture, Dodge previews a new grille to get higher-performing Chargers. The automaker says the design “extends the sinister-looking front end to accentuate visual width.” More info on the Charger is going to be available this summer, Dodge says.
As it stands now, the Charger SRT Hellcat packs a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 producing 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. We clocked our long-termer zipping to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Dodge is also upgrading the Challenger SRT Hellcat using a dual-snorkel intake hood.
The current-generation Charger surfaced for the 2011 model year before getting a refresh for 2015. Now, the aging midsize sedan will receive yet another upgrade to help it compete against the likes of the Nissan Maxima and Chevrolet Impala. Expect both exterior and interior updates.
A report from Automotive News this past year signaled that the Charger and Challenger may get a last refresh for 2019 and a whole redesign for 2021. It said the Charger refresh will probably focus on reducing weight and improving fuel economy, although the new-generation versions will sit on exactly the same platform as the Maserati Ghibli. At the moment, nevertheless, an FCA spokesman called the report “pure speculation,” therefore we’ll have to wait and watch.