Chrysler automotive has always been known for its inventiveness; it has promised to surprise its customers next year by introducing a new model to its Dodge Charger line-up. It recently announced that an “all-wheel-drive” 2014 Dodge Charger is on the way. The new car is essentially unchanged from the previous models but you should expect a new supercharged Hemi V8 engine to be included in SRT versions as well as the introduction of an eight-speed automatic transmission and a stop/start system in the R/T models. The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine built with the new Dodge Charger is rated at 370 horsepower and 390 pound/ feet of torque. With this engine, the car will post a 0 to 60 mph time of just 6 seconds.
The Ford Crown Victoria used to be the leader of the police car market; since its production was stopped, automakers all around the world have been doing all they can to assume the leadership position of the market. With the Crown Victoria out of the way and the introduction of the 2014 Charger pursuit, Dodge has positioned itself at the forefront to take over as the segment leader.
Previously, the Charger Pursuit was only available with rear-wheel drive, but by adding an all-wheel-drive capability to the already popular car has given Dodge an advantage in its competition with the rear wheel drive Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The car has become more appealing to police departments who fancy rugged cars when driving on poor surfaces in harsh weather conditions. The AWD also makes the Charger a formidable rival of the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor Sedan which also has an all-wheel drive option.
According to Chrysler, the Dodge Charger 2014 model has an edge over the Taurus because of its Active Transfer Case and Front Axle disconnect system which gives it a stronger traction on slick roads and also improved its fuel economy in the city and on the highway. Another stand out difference between the Dodge and Ford is that the AWD system used in the Dodge is rear-wheel biased. This also contributes to the greater traction and higher fuel economy in regular driving. The all-wheel-drive system used by Chrysler’s Charger Pursuit is also used by its civilian versions and 300 sedans.
2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD to Get Hemi V8 Engine
The automaker has not released the official fuel economy numbers Dodge Charger 2014 model; the civilian AWD Chargers with V8 engines are rated at 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway and the rear-wheel versions are rated at 16/25 mpg in the city and on the highway. So we expect this 2014 Charger pursuit to post similar EPA figures as the civilian version. You can get a better fuel economy with the Pentastar V6 but you will have to sacrifice the AWD for a rear-wheel drive.
Chrysler has not disclosed the pricing details or the release date of the 2014 Dodge Charger but we expect the car to be available for purchase by early 2013.