Dodge Releases Full 2009 Charger Information

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The Dodge Charger is entering its 4th year of
production, and while the interior and exterior changes of the 2009 Dodge
Charger are subtle, but the big news for ’09 is in the drivetrain.  The 5.7L Hemi engine offered in the Charger
R/T jumps up to 368 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque (previously 340hp and
390lb-ft of torque), making it the most powerful car in its class.  This power is achieved without sacrificing
economy thanks to Dodge’s Multiple Displacement System, and the 2009 Charger
will have an indicator on the dash reading “ECO” when the system is in its fuel
saving, 4-cylinder mode.

 
The all wheel drive system in the Dodge Charger also gets an
upgrade to help improve the fuel economy of the AWD models.  This new system features a new Front-Axle Disconnect
system, coupled with an Active Transfer Case, so not only is it the most
powerful car in its class, but it is the only vehicle that offers this all
wheel drive technology.

There have been some minor redesigns to the taillights, new standard
aluminum wheels on the Charger SE, a relocated radio antenna (now on the rear
window), and a new more fuel-friendly gear ratio offered for the 2009 model,
but the news of increased power could likely boost the sales of the Charger for
the upcoming new model year.

 

Full Press Release from Chrysler:

 

2009 Dodge Charger — Even More Bold, Powerful,
Capable and Fuel Efficient

 

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2008  –  The Dodge
Charger is a modern, four-door coupe that combines rear-wheel-drive
muscle-car power, sports-car handling and leading-edge technology to deliver
a thrilling driving experience with improved fuel efficiency and increased
horsepower from a new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine in 2009.

The 2009 all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger models are now equipped with Active
Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect. No other major manufacturer offers
these two independent technologies together. The unique system seamlessly
transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver
intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically
disconnects the front axle and opens the transfer case from the drivetrain to
reduce friction and rotational mass. Automatic all-wheel-drive operation may
be activated by outside temperatures, wheel slip or by other predetermined
conditions. All-wheel-drive mode can also be manually selected by shifting
the gear selector to Auto Stick mode or by activating the windshield wipers
for an extended period of time.

Enabling the vehicle to switch between two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
improves fuel economy on all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger models by up to one
mile per gallon (mpg) on the highway, while still providing the outstanding
performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel drive. To inform the driver
when he or she is in two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Electronic Vehicle Information
Center
(EVIC) indicates
when the switch is made.

The 2009 Dodge Charger R/T rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models
both feature the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed
automatic transmission that produces an estimated 368 horsepower (274 kW) and
395 lb.-ft. (536 N•m) of torque. The 5.7-liter HEMI continues to offer
fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology. MDS seamlessly turns
off fuel consumption in four cylinders when V-8 power is not needed,
improving fuel economy as much as 20 percent. To inform the driver when he or
she is in four-cylinder mode, the EVIC now automatically displays “ECO” when
the switch is made, providing drivers the opportunity to modify their driving
habits in order to achieve better fuel economy.

On the exterior, the rear styling of the Dodge Charger is refreshed for
2009 with a bold, retro-style taillamp design that is distinctively Dodge.
Recessed circle cutouts give the taillamps added dimension over the previous
design and provide enhanced definition to each taillamp’s two circular lamps.

On the interior, accents in the Dodge Charger R/T are extended to the
entire lineup for 2009 with the Dodge Charger SE receiving satin silver door
trim spears, satin silver center console cup holder rings and satin silver
instrument panel bezels. Now standard, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting
appears on all models in the front cup holders and standard LED map-pocket
lighting on the Dodge Charger R/T provides additional driver convenience.

2009 DODGE CHARGER: WHAT’S NEW FOR 2009

Exterior: 

  • Color: Deep Water Blue
    Pearl Coat replaces Steel Blue Pearl Coat 
  • New taillamp design
    (all models) 
  • Antenna moves to rear
    window (all models) 
  • Aluminum wheels (now
    standard on Dodge Charger SE)

Interior:

  • Upgraded interior
    accents including satin silver door trim spears, satin silver center
    console cup holder rings and satin silver center stack and shifter
    bezels (Dodge Charger SE) 
  • Trunk cargo net and
    scuff plate (Dodge Charger SE) 
  • Premium 18-ounce
    floor mats (Dodge Charger SE)

Electrical:

  • LED-illuminated door
    map pockets (included with Leather Package on Dodge Charger SXT and
    standard on Dodge Charger R/T) 
  • LED-illuminated front
    cup holders (all models) 
  • EVIC informs driver
    when in two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD models) 
  • EVIC informs driver
    when using the fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) by
    automatically flashing “ECO” message (Dodge Charger R/T)

Powertrain / Chassis: 

  • New-generation
    5.7-liter HEMI engine with fuel-saving MDS technology and variable-valve
    timing (VVT) achieves increased horsepower (368 hp) and torque (395
    lb.-ft.) (Dodge Charger R/T) 
  • New axle ratio of
    2.65:1 (Dodge Charger R/T) 
  • All-wheel-drive
    models are equipped with innovative Active Transfer Case and Front-axle
    Disconnect to maximize performance and fuel economy 
  • New axle ratio of
    3.06:1 (Dodge Charger AWD models)

Safety and Security: 

  • Updated Tire Pressure
    Monitoring (TPM) warning message now appears as “LO TIRE” (all models)

DESIGN
American muscle-car styling is evident in the 2009 Dodge Charger. The
coupe-inspired styling and fastback design create a modern statement of power
with all the versatility of a four-door sedan.

The rear styling of the Dodge Charger is refreshed for 2009 with a bold,
retro-style taillamp design that is distinctively Dodge. Recessed circle
cutouts give the taillamps added dimension over the previous design and
provide enhanced definition to each taillamp’s two circular lamps.

On the interior, accents in the Dodge Charger R/T have been extended to
the entire lineup for 2009 with the Dodge Charger SE receiving chrome door
spears, chrome center console cup holder rings and satin silver instrument
panel bezels. Now standard, LED lighting appears on all models in front cup
holders and standard LED map-pocket lighting on the Dodge Charger R/T
provides additional driver convenience.

ENGINEERING
Modern technologies have made it possible to bring a 21st century muscle car
to market with the ride and handling characteristics inherent in rear-wheel
drive. The 2009 Dodge Charger rear-wheel-drive models feature outstanding
performance and handling, near 50-50 weight distribution and unique suspensions
that provide just the right level of driving characteristics for Dodge
Charger customers.

The 2009 all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger models are now equipped with Active
Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect. No other major manufacturer offers
these two independent technologies together. The unique system seamlessly
transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver
intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically
disconnects the front axle and opens the transfer case from the drivetrain to
reduce friction and rotational mass. Automatic all-wheel-drive operation may
be activated by outside temperatures, wheel slip or by other predetermined
conditions. All-wheel-drive mode can also be manually selected by shifting
the gear selector to Auto Stick mode or by activating the windshield wipers
for an extended period of time.

Enabling the vehicle to switch between two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
improves fuel economy on all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger models by up to one
mpg on the highway, while still providing the outstanding performance and
handling inherent in rear-wheel drive. To inform the driver when he or she is
in two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Electronic Vehicle
Information Center

(EVIC) indicates when the switch is made.

Dodge Charger all-wheel-drive models for 2009 come standard with ESP,
All-speed Traction Control and four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS).

Three powertrain options are available in the 2009 Dodge Charger lineup,
offering outstanding combinations of performance, fuel economy, quietness and
durability.

The rear-wheel-drive 2009 Dodge Charger SE is equipped with a 2.7-liter
V-6 engine generating 178 horsepower (133 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and 190 lb.-ft.
(258 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The 2009 Dodge Charger SE with the 2.7-liter
engine achieves an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

A 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine featured on the rear-wheel-drive and
all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger SXT models generates 250 horsepower (186 kW) @
6,400 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. (340 N•m) of torque @ 3,800 rpm. The 2009 Dodge
Charger SXT rear-wheel-drive models with the 3.5-liter engine achieve an
estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive
models achieve an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The 2009 Dodge Charger R/T rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models
feature the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed
automatic transmission that produces an estimated 368 horsepower (274 kW) and
395 lb.-ft. (536 N•m) of torque. The new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI continues
to offer fuel-saving MDS technology. MDS seamlessly turns off fuel
consumption in four cylinders when V-8 power is not needed, improving fuel
economy as much as 20 percent. To inform the driver when he or she is in
four-cylinder mode, the EVIC now automatically displays “ECO” when the switch
is made, providing drivers the opportunity to modify their driving habits in
order to achieve better fuel economy. The 2009 Dodge Charger R/T
all-wheel-drive achieves an estimated 16 mpg city, 23 highway, and
rear-wheel-drive models achieve an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on
the highway.

The popular Road/Track Performance Package, which offers P245/45R20 all-season
performance tires and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, continues in 2009.
Tuned for firmer handling, this package is available on the V-8 HEMI-powered
Dodge Charger R/T model and includes such features as standard side-curtain
and seat-mounted air bags, performance heated front seats with suede inserts,
rear deck lid and front fascia spoilers, load-leveling and height-control
shocks, and performance suspension, steering, brakes, exhaust and induction
system.

ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
The 2009 Dodge Charger lineup offers the latest entertainment and
communication technology available in the automotive industry.

  • Available uconnect
    phone featuring Bluetooth® technology to provide voice-controlled
    wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible mobile phone
    and the vehicle’s onboard receiver 
  • Available uconnect
    tunes featuring a 30-gigabyte hard drive for ripping up to 6,700 songs
    from CD or Universal Serial Bus (USB) memory devices in a compressed
    format (MP3, Advance Audio Coding [AAC] or Windows Media Audio [WMA]
    files) for playback directly from the vehicle’s audio system, photo
    uploading for home screen personalization and the ability to display
    movies when the vehicle is in Park (as permitted by state
    regulations) 
  • Available uconnect
    gps combines the features of uconnect phone and uconnect tunes with
    navigation system and real-time traffic updates 
  • Available rear-seat
    DVD Video Entertainment System (VES®), conveniently located under the
    center console armrest cover, provides easy access to rear-seat
    passengers 
  • Available uconnect
    studios with optional SIRIUS Backseat TV,TM featuring three channels of
    family television programming and SIRIUS Satellite Radio with more than
    130 channels of the best music, entertainment and information available
    coast to coast

Rear-seat DVD Video Entertainment System
The rear-seat VES is cleverly packaged under the center console armrest cover
and is easily accessible to rear-seat passengers. The system includes a
seven-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen, a remote control and two
wireless headsets. The hinged LCD screen may be fully stored in the console
armrest cover or flipped up for viewing. Auxiliary audio and video plug-in
jacks are included on the faceplate so that rear-seat passengers may view
video directly from a video camera, play games from a video game console or
play music directly from a portable MP3 player.

uconnect studios
The 2009 Dodge Charger offers uconnect studios with SIRIUS Backseat
TV featuring three channels of children’s television programming, including
Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. Rear-seat passengers will be
able to watch shows such as Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Disney
Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” and Cartoon Network’s “Foster’s Home for
Imaginary Friends.”

SIRIUS Backseat TV operates through an in-vehicle satellite video receiver
and two small roof-mounted antennas. Programming, in addition to the channel
name, program title and rating are displayed on the vehicle’s rear-seat video
screen. For added flexibility, rear-seat passengers may enjoy SIRIUS Backseat
TV while front-seat occupants listen to uconnect studios’ SIRIUS Satellite
Radio. The system may be operated from either the rear-seat entertainment
remote or from the radio head unit in the front instrument panel. In
addition, when the vehicle is in Park, programming may be displayed on the
uconnect tunes or uconnect gps screen (if equipped) for front-seat viewing.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Modern coupe styling with four-door functionality 

  • The high beltline,
    aggressive roofline and coupe-like profile hint at past designs, but the
    2009 Dodge Charger continues to be a fresh execution of modern
    muscle 
  • With a contemporary
    design to back up its power, sports-car handling and cutting-edge
    technology, today’s consumers will appreciate the added function,
    convenience and interior capacity of a full-size passenger car with
    American rear-wheel-drive muscle-car genes 
  • A short- and long-arm
    (SLA) front suspension system combined
    with a five-link independent rear suspension system are tuned to provide
    spirited driving and handling performance to match Dodge Charger’s
    personality 
  • Dodge Charger models
    are available with a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick
    to provide a full range of transmission performance to match a variety
    of driving styles and situations

It’s gotta new HEMI! 

  • Dodge Charger R/T
    offers exceptional performance with the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI
    V-8 engine that produces 368 horsepower (274 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. (536
    N•m) of torque and features fuel-saving MDS technology that provides as
    much as a 20-percent improvement in fuel economy

Best of both worlds – the security of all-wheel drive with the spirit and
handling of rear-wheel drive

  • All-wheel-drive
    models add outstanding performance and stability in all driving
    conditions 
  • Dodge Charger
    all-wheel-drive models are now equipped with an Active Transfer Case and
    Front-axle Disconnect – an innovative “on-demand” system that
    disconnects the front axle from the drivetrain until all-wheel drive
    becomes necessary 
  • Allowing the vehicle
    to switch between two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, increases fuel
    economy on all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger models by up to one mpg on the
    highway, while still providing the outstanding performance and handling
    inherent in rear-wheel drive

Safety and security 

  • Dodge Charger models
    are available with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Brake Assist,
    All-speed Traction Control and four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System
    (ABS) 
  • Additional passive
    and active safety features include rear-sill reinforcement and
    structure, energy-absorbing steering column, low-risk deployment air
    bags and available side-curtain and supplemental seat-mounted side air
    bags

Customer convenience technology 

  • Available Boston
    Acoustics audio systems including a six-speaker 276-watt amplifier
    system or an eight-speaker 5.1 Matrix surround-sound amplifier including
    subwoofer 
  • Available uconnect
    tunes featuring a 30-gigabyte hard drive for ripping up to 6,700 songs
    from CD or USB memory devices in a compressed format, photo uploading
    for home screen personalization and the ability to display movies when
    the vehicle is in Park (as permitted by state regulations) 
  • Available uconnect
    phone featuring Bluetooth technology to provide voice-controlled
    wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible mobile phone
    and the vehicle’s onboard receiver 
  • Available uconnect
    gps combines the features of uconnect phone and uconnect tunes with
    navigation system and real-time traffic updates 
  • Available rear-seat
    Vehicle Entertainment System® (VES) with seven-inch LCD screen 
  • Available uconnect
    studios with optional SIRIUS Backseat TV,TM featuring three channels of
    family television programming and SIRIUS Satellite Radio with more than
    130 channels of the best music, entertainment and information available
    coast to coast

MODEL LINEUP

2009 Dodge Charger SE (RWD)

Standard Features

  • Rear-wheel-drive
    configuration 
  • 2.7-liter V-6 engine
    –178 horsepower (133 kW) and 190 lb.-ft. (258 N•m) of torque 
  • Four-speed automatic
    transmission 
  • 17-inch aluminum
    wheels 
  • Touring suspension
    with 215/65R17 all-season tires 
  • 18-gallon fuel
    tank  Air conditioning with manual temperature controls 
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio
    with auxiliary audio input jack and four speakers 
  • Body-color grille
    surround and door handles 
  • Cabin air-filtration
    system 
  • Satin silver door
    trim spears, satin silver center console cup holder rings and satin
    silver center stack and shifter bezels 
  • Cloth front bucket
    seats 
  • Driver and passenger
    adjustable lumbar support 
  • Driver and passenger
    power mirrors 
  • Driver-side one-touch-down
    power windows 
  • Front and rear
    premium floor mats 
  • LED-illuminated cup
    holders 
  • Low-risk deployment
    air bags 
  • Manual tilt- and
    telescoping-steering column 
  • Oil-change
    alert 
  • Outside-temperature
    display 
  • Power four-wheel
    disc brakes 
  • Power locks with
    selectable “rolling” automatic locking 
  • Rack-and-pinion
    steering 
  • Rear-window
    defroster 
  • Remote
    keyless/illuminated entry 
  • Sentry Key® engine
    immobilizer 
  • Solar-Control Glass
    windshield 
  • Speed control with
    instrument panel indicator light 
  • Tire Pressure
    Monitoring (TPM) “LO TIRE” indicator 
  • Trunk cargo net and
    scuff plate

Optional Features/Packages 

  • Bodyside
    molding 
  • ESP, All-speed
    Traction Control and four-wheel ABS 
  • Engine block
    heater 
  • SE Popular Equipment
    Package includes 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, eight-way power
    driver’s seat, bodyside molding 
  • Eighteen-inch
    machined aluminum wheels

2009 Dodge Charger SXT (RWD)

Standard Features

In addition to the standard features on the Dodge Charger SE, the Dodge
Charger SXT rear-wheel-drive model adds/replaces the following: 

  • 3.5-liter High Output
    V-6 engine — 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. (340 N•m) of
    torque 
  • ESP with Brake
    Assist, All-speed Traction Control and four-wheel ABS 
  • 276-watt six-speaker
    Boston Acoustics sound system with amplifier 
  • 60/40 split-folding
    rear seat with armrest and cup holder 
  • Bodyside
    molding 
  • Chromed grille
    surround with bright grille crosshairs 
  • Fog lamps 
  • Heated mirrors 
  • Power adjustable pedals 
  • Power eight-way
    driver seat

2009 Dodge Charger SXT (AWD)

In addition to the standard features on the Dodge Charger SXT
rear-wheel-drive model, the Dodge Charger SXT all-wheel-drive model
adds/replaces the following: 

  • 18-inch machined
    aluminum wheels 
  • P225/60R18
    all-season touring tires 
  • 19-gallon fuel
    tank 
  • Five-speed automatic
    transmission with Auto Stick 
  • Active Transfer Case
    with Front-axle Disconnect 
  • Two-wheel-drive and
    all-wheel-drive display (included in dashboard information panel) 
  • Performance disc
    brakes

Optional Features/Packages

The Dodge Charger SXT models (RWD/AWD) offer the following options: 

  • 18-inch chrome-clad
    aluminum wheels 
  • Engine block
    heater 
  • uconnect tunes with
    AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 radio with touch-screen operation 
  • Rear spoiler 
  • Sun roof 
  • Protection Group
    includes uconnect phone featuring Bluetooth technology, self-sealing
    tires, and side-curtain and seat-mounted air bags 
  • SXT Popular
    Equipment Package includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels (RWD only),
    eight-way power passenger seat, heated leather-trimmed front seats,
    leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic
    temperature control, automatic headlamps, express up/down power front
    windows and Boston Acoustics six-speaker 276-watt amplifier system.
    Additional options available only on the SXT Popular Equipment Package
    include: 
    • Rear-seat VES®
      featuring uconnect studios with SIRIUS Backseat TV 
    • uconnect gps with
      AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 radio, navigation system and real-time traffic
      updates featuring touch screen and voice recognition

2009 Dodge Charger R/T (RWD)

In addition to the standard features on the Dodge Charger SE and SXT
rear-wheel-drive models, the Dodge Charger R/T adds/replaces the
following: 

  • New-generation
    5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine — 368 horsepower (274 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. (536
    N•m) of torque 
  • Fuel-saving MDS –
    cylinder deactivation system improves fuel economy as much as 20
    percent 
  • Five-speed automatic
    transmission with Auto Stick 
  • Performance
    ABS 
  • 18-inch machined
    aluminum wheels 
  • P225/60R18 BSW
    all-season touring tires 
  • 19-gallon fuel
    tank 
  • Automatic
    headlamps 
  • Dual exhaust with
    bright tips 
  • Dual-zone automatic
    temperature control 
  • Heated front
    seats 
  • Leather-trimmed
    steering wheel 
  • Power eight-way
    passenger seat 
  • Power, body-color,
    folding, heated mirrors

2009 Dodge Charger R/T (AWD)

In addition to the standard features on the Dodge Charger R/T
rear-wheel-drive model, the all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger R/T adds/replaces
the following: 

  • 18-inch machined
    aluminum wheels 
  • Active Transfer Case
    with Front-axle Disconnect 
  • Two-wheel-drive and
    all-wheel-drive display (included in EVIC) 
  • Performance disc
    brakes

Optional Features/Packages

The 2009 Dodge Charger R/T models (RWD/AWD) offer the following
options: 

  • Engine block
    heater 
  • Xenon high-intensity
    discharge (HID) headlamps 
  • Rear-seat VES®
    featuring uconnect studios with SIRIUS Backseat TV™ 
  • uconnect tunes with
    AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 radio featuring touch-screen operation 
  • uconnect gps with
    AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 radio, navigation system and real-time traffic
    updates featuring touch screen and voice recognition 
  • Sun roof 
  • Protection Group
    includes uconnect phone featuring Bluetooth technology, self-sealing
    tires, and side-curtain and seat-mounted air bags 
  • R/T Popular
    Equipment Package includes AM/FM/6CD/DVD/MP3 radio, Boston Acoustics
    eight-speaker 368-watt 5.1 Matrix surround-sound system, theft alarm,
    Remote Start, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels (RWD only) and an
    Electronics Display Package that includes EVIC, compass, trip computer,
    “ECO” display, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, HomeLink universal
    home security system transceiver and reconfigurable instrument panel
    display 
  • Road/Track Performance
    Package includes heated performance front seats with suede inserts, rear
    deck lid and front-fascia spoilers, heritage badging, 20-inch
    chrome-clad aluminum wheels, 245/45R20 all-season performance tires,
    performance shocks and steering, high-speed engine controller, and
    side-curtain and seat-mounted air bags. Additional options available
    with the Road/Track Performance Package include: 
    • uconnect phone
      with Bluetooth technology 
    • Popular Equipment
      Group III, which includes AM/FM/6CD/DVD/MP3 radio, Boston Acoustics
      eight-speaker 368-watt 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound, theft alarm, Remote
      Start and an Electronics Display Package that includes EVIC, compass,
      trip computer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, HomeLink
      universal home security system transceiver and reconfigurable
      instrument panel display including “ECO” display

SAFETY AND SECURITY
The Dodge Charger received a five-star rating for driver and front-passenger
protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating from NHTSA. The 2009 Dodge
Charger offers 35 safety and security features. Please refer to the Safety
and Security Glossary for descriptions of the following available
features: 

  • Advanced Multi-stage
    Air Bag System 
  • All-speed Traction
    Control System 
  • Anti-lock Brake
    System (ABS) 
  • Auto-dimming
    Interior Rearview Mirror 
  • Auto-reverse Sun
    Roof 
  • BeltAlert 
  • Brake/Park
    Interlock 
  • Brake Assist 
  • Child-protection
    Rear-door Locks 
  • Constant Force
    Retractors (CFR) 
  • Crumple Zones 
  • Electronic Stability
    Program (ESP) 
  • Energy-absorbing
    Steering Column 
  • Enhanced Accident
    Response System (EARS) 
  • Height-adjustable
    Seat Belts 
  • HomeLink Universal
    Home Security System Transceiver 
  • Inside Emergency
    Trunk Release 
  • Interior Head-impact
    Protection 
  • Knee Bolsters 
  • LED Lighting in Cup
    Holders and Map Pockets 
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors
    and Tethers for CHildren) 
  • Low-risk Deployment
    Air Bags 
  • Power Adjustable
    Pedals 
  • Remote Keyless
    Entry 
  • Remote Start 
  • Self-sealing
    Tires 
  • Seat Belt
    Pretensioners 
  • Security Alarm with
    Panic Alarm on Key Fob 
  • Sentry Key® Engine
    Immobilizer 
  • Supplemental
    Side-curtain and Seat-mounted Air Bags 
  • Tilt- and
    Telescoping-Steering Column 
  • Tire Pressure
    Monitoring (TPM) 
  • uconnect phone
    featuring Bluetooth Technology 
  • uconnect gps
    Navigation System with Voice-Recognition Capability 
  • Xenon High-intensity
    Discharge (HID) Headlamps

COLOR AVAILABILITY 

  • Bright Silver
    Metallic Clear Coat 
  • Brilliant Black
    Crystal Pearl Coat 
  • Dark Titanium
    Metallic Clear Coat 
  • Deep Water Blue Pearl
    Coat (new) 
  • Inferno Red Crystal
    Pearl Coat 
  • Light Sandstone
    Metallic Clear Coat 
  • Stone White Clear
    Coat 
  • TorRed Clear Coat

MANUFACTURING INFORMATION 

  • 2009 model year
    production start: August 2008 
  • Production location:
    Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario,
    Canada
     
  • 5.7-liter HEMI MDS
    V-8 engine: Saltillo Engine Plant in Saltillo, Mexico 
  • 3.5-liter High
    Output V-6 engine: Kenosha Engine Plant in Kenosha, Wis. 
  • 2.7-liter V-6
    engine: Kenosha Engine Plant in Kenosha,
    Wis.
     
  • Five-speed automatic
    transmission with Auto Stick: Indiana Transmission Plant II in Kokomo, Ind. 
  • Four-speed automatic
    variable-line pressure transmission: Kokomo Transmission Plant in Kokomo, Ind.

MARKET POSITION
The 2009 Dodge Charger pays homage to muscle cars of the 1960s, but with
modern coupe styling and four-door functionality. With legendary HEMI V-8
power, Dodge Charger offers American muscle-car genes with 21st century
performance, safety and customer-convenience technology.

TARGET DEMOGRAPHICS 

  • Gender: 60 percent
    male/40 percent female 
  • Median Age: 42 years
    old 
  • Median Annual
    Household Income: $71,000 
  • Education: 40 percent
    college graduate 
  • Household: 65 percent
    married 
  • Occupation: Mix of
    mid-level salary workers, skilled trades people and traditional hourly
    workers in high-paying professions

MARKET ADVANTAGES 

  • Dodge Charger is
    back as a rear-wheel-drive sedan with V-8 HEMI performance 
  • Available
    all-wheel-drive models offer outstanding performance and stability with
    four-season traction 
  • New-generation HEMI
    V-8 engine with fuel-saving MDS technology provides 368 horsepower and
    395 lb.-ft. of torque 
  • Dodge Charger’s
    5.7-liter HEMI engine features MDS, which transparently shuts down four
    of its eight cylinders when full V-8 power is not needed, providing as
    much as 20 percent improved fuel economy without sacrificing vehicle
    performance 
  • Modern two-door
    coupe styling with four-door functionality 
  • Precision
    performance and spirited handling to match Charger’s personality 
  • Available ESP with
    Brake Assist, All-speed Traction Control, four-wheel ABS and five-speed
    automatic transmission with Auto Stick 
  • Unique
    ride-and-handling suspension offerings to match a variety of driving enthusiasts’
    needs 
  • Available Boston
    Acoustics audio systems including a six-speaker 276-watt amplifier
    system or an eight-speaker 5.1 Matrix surround-sound amplifier including
    subwoofer 
  • Available uconnect
    tunes featuring a 30-gigabyte hard drive for ripping up to 6,700 songs
    from CD or USB memory devices in a compressed format, photo uploading
    for home screen personalization and the ability to display movies when
    the vehicle is in Park (as permitted by state regulations) 
  • Available uconnect
    phone featuring Bluetooth technology to provide voice-controlled
    wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible mobile phone
    and the vehicle’s onboard receiver 
  • Available uconnect
    gps combines the features of uconnect phone and uconnect tunes with
    navigation system and real-time traffic updates 
  • Available rear-seat
    VES® with seven-inch LCD screen 
  • Available uconnect
    studios with optional SIRIUS Backseat TV, featuring three channels of
    family television programming and SIRIUS Satellite Radio with more than
    130 channels of the best music, entertainment and information available
    coast to coast

PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY

2008 Model Year 

  • Colors: Dark
    Titanium Metallic Clear Coat and Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat
    replace Marine Blue Pearl Coat and Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat
    Interior 
  • Interior refresh
    including redesigned instrument panel, instrument cluster and center
    console 
  • Cabin air-filtration
    system, heated front seats, power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic
    temperature control, automatic headlamps, express-up/-down power front
    windows (now standard on Charger R/T) 
  • Cabin air-filtration
    system, power adjustable pedals and SIRIUS Satellite Radio with one-year
    subscription provided by SIRIUS (now standard on Charger SXT) 
  • iPod interface added
    to UConnect® Hands-free Communication module 
  • LED lighting in
    front cup holders and front and rear map pockets (included in Charger
    R/T Popular Equipment Group option) 
  • New cloth seat
    material 
  • New speed-control
    stalk located at 4 o’clock position 
  • Satin chrome bezels
    and accents added to instrument panel, center console and door trim
    panels 
  • Upgraded soft-touch
    surfaces on door armrests, center console armrest and door trim 
  • New radio
    options: 
    • AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio
      (standard) 
    • AM/FM/6CD/DVD/MP3
      radio (included in R/T Popular Equipment Package) 
    • MyGIG®, a
      cutting-edge multimedia information and entertainment audio system with
      available safety navigation (optional) 
  • SIRIUS Backseat TV™
    — including one-year streaming video subscription provided by SIRIUS
    (standard with optional rear-seat Video Entertainment System (VES®)
    available on Charger SXT with SXT Popular Equipment Package and Charger
    R/T models) 
  • SIRIUS Satellite
    Radio with one-year subscription provided by SIRIUS (now standard on
    SXT, optional with SE Popular Equipment Group) 
  • New 17-inch wheel
    covers (standard on Charger SE) 
  • New 17-inch
    machined-face aluminum wheels (standard on Charger SXT) 
  • New 18-inch machined
    aluminum wheels (standard on Charger R/T and Charger R/T AWD) 
  • “Fuel Saver Mode”
    display (available on Charger R/T equipped with EVIC) 
  • Tire Pressure
    Monitoring (TPM) (now standard on all models) 
  • Power adjustable
    pedals (now standard on SXT) 
  • Seat-mounted air
    bags added to side-curtain air bags (optional on all models, standard on
    Charger Daytona R/T model) 
  • Xenon High-intensity
    Discharge (HID) headlamps (optional on Charger R/T) 
  • New SE Popular
    Equipment Package includes: 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, eight-way
    power driver’s seat, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with one-year subscription
    provided by SIRIUS, bodyside molding and premium front and rear floor
    mats 
  • New SXT Popular
    Equipment Package includes: power heated leather-trimmed driver and
    front-passenger seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob,
    dual-zone automatic temperature control, automatic headlamps,
    express-up/-down power front windows, Boston Acoustics six-speaker
    276-watt amplifier speaker system and 18-inch machined aluminum
    wheels 
  • New R/T Popular
    Equipment Package includes: AM/FM/6CD/DVD/MP3 radio; Boston Acoustics
    eight-speaker 368-watt Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amp with 5.1
    Matrix Surround Sound; theft alarm; EVIC including compass, trip
    computer, “Fuel Saver Mode” display, steering-wheel audio controls and
    HomeLink universal home security system transceiver; Remote Start;
    LED-illuminated cup holders and door map pockets, and 18-inch
    chrome-clad aluminum wheels (RWD only)

2007 Model Year 

  • Colors: Marine Blue
    Pearl Coat, Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat and TorRed replace Magnesium
    Pearl Coat and Midnight Blue Pearl Coat 
  • 2.7-liter V-6 engine
    providing 190 hp (142 kW) and 190 lb.-ft. (258 N•m) mated to a
    four-speed automatic transmission — becomes standard on SE 
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
    mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick — optional
    on SE, standard on SXT 
  • All-wheel drive
    (38/62 front/rear torque split) added as an option to the SXT and R/T
    models 
  • AM/FM/6CD/full-map
    DVD-based navigation radio with GPS — optional on SXT 
  • Automatic oil change
    alert 
  • Convenience Group
    III bundles automatic headlamps, one-touch express up/down front windows
    and dual-zone automatic temperature control (ATC) — optional on
    SXT 
  • Enhanced Road/Track
    Performance Group package includes 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels,
    245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires, front chin and rear deck-lid
    spoilers, and five exterior color offerings; in addition to equipment
    previously included — optional on R/T (RWD) 
  • Low-risk deployment
    air bags 
  • New 18-inch
    chrome-clad aluminum wheels — optional on SXT and R/T (RWD) models 
  • New 18-inch
    ultra-bright aluminum wheels — standard on R/T 
  • New 20-inch
    chrome-clad aluminum wheels and 245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires
    — standard with the Daytona R/T Package and Road/Track Performance
    Group 
  • New deck-lid spoiler
    and 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels — optional on SXT (RWD)
    Package 
  • Power adjustable
    pedals — standard on R/T 
  • SIRIUS Satellite
    Radio with first-year subscription provided by SIRIUS — standard on R/T

2006 Model Year
Charger is reincarnated with contemporary form and function offering
two models and unique packages designed for all levels of modern muscle-car
enthusiasts. Offerings included:

2006 Dodge Charger SE (Rear-wheel
Drive
)
 

  • Available colors:
    Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat,
    Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Magnesium Pearl Coat, Midnight Blue
    Pearl Coat, Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Stone White 
  • Body-color grille,
    door handles, bodyside moldings 
  • Driver and passenger
    power mirrors 
  • Parallel-action
    wiper system 
  • Power trunk-lid
    release 
  • 3.5-liter High
    Output engine badge 
  • 3.5-liter High
    Output, SOHC V-6 250-horsepower engine with five-speed automatic
    transmission and Auto Stick 
  • Electronic throttle
    control 
  • Rear-wheel-drive
    system 
  • Air conditioning
    with manual temperature controls 
  • Advanced multi-stage
    front air bag system with Occupant Classification System (OCS) 
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors
    and Tethers for CHildren) 
  • Constant Force
    Retractors (CFR) 
  • Front and rear floor
    mats featuring 12-ounce carpeting 
  • Floor console with
    storage bin, 12-volt power outlet and coin holder 
  • Manual tilt- and
    telescoping-steering wheel 
  • Overhead console
    with front map/reading lamps for driver and passenger; covered storage
    bin 
  • Seat belt
    pretensioners 
  • BeltAlert 
  • Seats: Cloth-trimmed
    in Dark Slate Gray Addison Cloth or Medium Slate Gray Addison
    Cloth 
  • Driver, passenger
    manually adjustable lumbar supports 
  • Outside temperature
    display 
  • One-touch,
    three-blink lane change signal 
  • 17-inch
    stamped-steel wheels with bolt-on wheel covers 
  • 18-gallon fuel
    tank 
  • Electronic Stability
    Program (ESP) and Brake Assist 
  • Power four-wheel
    disc brake system with 12.6-inch rotors, four-wheel Anti-lock Brake
    System (ABS), and All-speed Traction Control 
  • Power
    rack-and-pinion steering 
  • Short- and long-arm
    front suspension, multi-link independent rear suspension 
  • Speed control with
    instrument panel indicator light 
  • Accessory power
    delay 
  • AM/FM stereo radio
    with single CD player 
  • CAN bus electrical
    architecture 
  • Enhanced Accident
    Response System (EARS) 
  • Enhanced battery
    saver 
  • Four-speaker sound
    system 
  • Power front and rear
    windows with express (one-touch-down) driver’s door window 
  • Power deck-lid
    release 
  • Power door locks
    with driver selectable “rolling” automatic locking and central
    locking 
  • Power outlets in
    instrument panel, center console 
  • Rear window
    defroster 
  • Remote
    keyless/illuminated entry 
  • Sentry Key® engine
    immobilizer — theft deterrent system

2006 Dodge Charger SXT Package (RWD)

Included all Dodge Charger SE features plus/replaced by: 

  • 17-inch
    machined-face cast-aluminum wheels 
  • 60/40 split-folding
    rear seat with armrest and cup holder 
  • Boston Acoustics
    six-speaker audio system with 276-watt digital (DSP) amplifier 
  • Cargo net 
  • Chrome grille
    surround with bright grille crosshairs 
  • Eight-way power
    driver seat 
  • Fog lamps 
  • Illuminated visor
    vanity mirrors 
  • Leather-wrapped
    steering wheel and shift knob 
  • Satin Silver center
    stack bezels 
  • SXT badge

2006 Dodge Charger R/T (RWD)

Included all Dodge Charger SXT features plus/replaced by: 

  • 18-inch
    polished-aluminum wheels, all-season touring tires 
  • 19-gallon fuel
    tank 
  • 5.7-liter HEMI®
    multi-displacement V-8 368-hp engine with five-speed automatic
    transmission with enhanced Auto Stick 
  • Available Road/Track
    Performance Group option 
  • Bright silver lower
    steering wheel spokes 
  • Center console, cup
    holder door with bright accent 
  • Dual bright exhaust
    tips 
  • Dual ignition (two
    spark plugs per cylinder) 
  • Heated/foldaway
    mirrors 
  • HEMI badge 
  • Leather-trimmed
    bucket seats 
  • Power four-wheel
    disc performance brake system with 13.6-inch front rotors, four-wheel
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and all-speed traction control 
  • Power adjustable
    pedals 
  • R/T badge 
  • SIRIUS Satellite
    Radio with one-year subscription

2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Package 

  • “Daytona Limited
    Edition” display on the electronic cluster (when so equipped) 
  • Automatic temperature
    control 
  • Body-color accent
    stitching on front and rear seats 
  • Body-color accent
    stitching on leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • Eight-way power
    passenger seat 
  • Embroidered “Daytona”
    logos on front head rests 
  • Flat black graphics
    and decals 
  • HEMI® Orange engine cover 
  • Heritage R/T
    badging 
  • High-impact exterior
    Go ManGo!, Top Banana or TorRed paint 
  • Load-leveling and
    height-control shocks (Nivomat™) 
  • Matching body-colored
    center stack and shifter bezel 
  • One-touch,
    three-blink lane change signal standard 
  • Performance front
    seats, heated with suede inserts 
  • Performance steering
    gear 
  • Performance
    suspension 
  • Power adjustable
    pedals 
  • Rear deck lid and
    front chin spoiler 
  • Sequentially numbered
    “Daytona Limited Edition” badge on instrument panel 
  • Specially tuned
    350-horsepower HEMI V-8 engine 
  • Tires — P235/55R18
    black sidewall all-season performance Michelin MXM4 
  • Unique high-performance
    exhaust tone 
  • Wheels — 18-inch
    polished-aluminum with black-painted pockets

 

 

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