In what could be one of the less exciting reveals of the year after all those scoop and police car pictures / videos hit the web these past few months, the Chrysler Group today officially unleashed the civilian version of its 2011 Dodge Charger. However, the revelation is still not over as we'll have to wait for the interior shots and the complete details on the mechanical upgrades.
For 2011, the redesigned Charger moves a little bit closer design-wise to the Detroit firm's 1999 concept model of the same name - though, not near enough to get us keyed up. At the front end, Dodge modernized the Charger with its new "split crosshair" grille, a restyled bumper and new headlamps. The aluminum hood design is also new and now features dual "scallops", while the windshield is laid at a "faster" angle.
Moving on to the car's profile, we see that the firm's designers took a good look at the 1999 Concept during the restyling phase adding similar body-side scallops. The big news, however, is at the rear as the 2011 Charger adopts a full-width tail lamp design that incorporates no less than 164 illuminating LEDs and is inspired by the late 60's Charger.
As we said before, there are no official photos of the interior yet, however, we have seen the inner works of a police model in previous spy shots. According to Dodge, the new interior design is matched with "premium materials throughout", a thick-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and added features such as a new navigation system.
Under the hood, the press release makes word of Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that will be offered on the base Charger SE and Rallye models, plus an a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine for the R/T. The latter will be available with rear-wheel drive or optionally, an all-wheel drive system that allows the driver to disconnect the front axle to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent, and of course, to have some RWD fun.
Dodge says the new Charger's unibody packages material and structural design improvements, while engineers have also re-tuned the car's suspension.
The new Charger will be fully revealed within the next few weeks before going on sale in the USA later this year.