• Dec 10, 2009
Speculation regarding the 2011 Dodge Charger has run rampant ever since a particularly intriguing picture was shown during Chrysler's major day-long, five-year business plan slideshow that was broadcast online. It was obvious that the car pictured was not a current Charger or a previous concept, so the natural conclusion is that it was an intentional teaser of an exciting new product.
Judging by this series of spy shots from Car and Driver, it would appear that some of the more radical styling elements previewed in Chrysler's presentation will make it to production on the 2011 Dodge Charger. Starting up front we, see a more rounded and prominent crosshair grille. We also note that the greenhouse appears more flowing with a sharply raked windshield.

Along the bodysides, it's apparent that the 2011 Charger will have very pronounced hips and shoulders with what appears to be a camouflaged accent directly behind the front wheel wells. At the very rear, the next Charger echoes the changes we saw up front with a smoother rear fascia and new tail light design. So, do you like what you see?

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like the current one, but i'm diggin this one a lot more... so far. The stance looks great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, allow me to point out the 2011 300C rendering from Chrysler's OWN Restructuring Plan for Long-Term Viability aka Ploy to beg for government money they'd later squander and file bankruptcy with anyway...

        http://www.allpar.com/photos/spy-shots/2010/300C.jpg

        http://www.allpar.com/photos/shows/NY-09/300.jpg

        As for that "re-engineered" look you spoke about, it's a facelift / refresh. I don't care if it has new interior plastics and revised suspension bits. For a platform that's already FIVE years old, this minor BS of an improvement is NOT enough. Period. Again, look at EVERYONE ELSE'S product cycles and the extent of their revisions. Aside from the likes of Porsche, Chrysler is half assing it and taking the cheap way out, plain and simple.

        They should have a COMPLETE REDESIGN by now, not a rehash of this old platform. I could see if it were some revolutionary platform that was the benchmark for all thinks rear wheel drive and had a REASON to be retained... but it's not. Hell, it was old (using OLD MB suspension bits) even when it was NEW! LOL! Hell, even Hyundai's product cycles and quality are putting Chrysler's to shame, lol. Look at the 2002–2006 Nissan Altima for that matter. Nissan didn't rest on their laurels. They came out with a REDESIGNED Altima for 2007 and you see their sales reflect their improvements and the work paid off.

        Now go on and enjoy trying to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about and continue to roll around in your 21st century family sedans, sticking graphics from 1970s coupes on the quarters and thinking you're cool... HA!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not seeing any real difference. And that is not a complaint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        vespid: get the hell off my post with your bull. Only thing I agree with is the part about GM making great new cars...

        but the Charger is going to be a complete departure from the current one, (maybe except styling which is going to be more "evolutionary" than "revolutionary") You have absolutely no clue what a facelift is... I'm 100% sure most parts from the current Charger couldn't be placed on this new one, due to the new dimensions and styling. For a facelift, look at almost any VW (not a bad thing though.. VW's are nice.)... For an all new model- the Charger is it.

        LEARN!! :)



        Chazz: We know man. we know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it IS the current car with a facelift and the stupid surface on the side from the 1999 concept car.

        http://www.allpar.com/photos/concept-cars/dodge/charger/charger-concept.jpg

        You can see it bulging against the wrap. The "new" 300C is just a facelift as well. I love how GM is coming out with AMAZING new vehicles and Chrysler is churning along with crap business as usual. I mean yea, these products are a good 4 years back in their development cycle, but obviously GM saw where they were heading and fixed it. Chrysler however... not so much.



        Countdown to Chrysler's "third time's the charm" failure in the auto industry in 5... 4... 3... 2...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay I'm an idiot. The uncovered cars in the link are not the 2011 Charger. That's where I got confusedededed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        These are NOT facelifts. The Chrager/300 are "re-engineered". That's an industry term for revising pretty much everything but the basic platform (that would be a redesign). A facelift would be just a change to the headlights and taillights. A re-engineering touches pretty much everything. The sheet metal is different, the glass (greenhouse) is different, the IP (instrument panel) and the rest of the interior is different. And it can and often does involve new engines and transmissions - in this case the Pentastar V6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pretty sure I will have the last laugh here... just like I did with the LF-A. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Signs of life! It's good to see Chrysler's engineers back at work on something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, if Chrysler wants to save money, and they do, they could save a ton of money by just not bothering with this car, or making it go away, until it can be reborn in a truly modern, new mold.

      The 70's came and went. Not everything needs to be redux'd, and certainly not everything SHOULD be!

      You can recapitulate the look only, or you can do an "inspired by" retro- look with a thoroughly modern, attractive new model (e.g. MINI or Fiat 500, or Ford Mustang -- better than the originals in nearly every way). Just having a "look" without the goods is just pathetic, really.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the record, I HATED the new Charger's look, and I still hate it, and I imagine that after the wraps come off this one, I will continue to still hate it. Get it off our roads!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The curves and shape are meant to recall the "Dusters" of old, no?

        What I mean is that, for example, with the MINI, they made a completely modern car that captures or improves upon the original's fun-to-drive go-cart handling, yet still is unmistakably a Mini.

        I don't believe there's anything that stands out from from a handling or other dynamic in this car. It merely has "a look". It's a look I lived through, and hated. I'm just saying I, for one, do not want the gigantic muscle cars to come back, so I'm glad it's not happening.

        Yes, I'm Euro import-loving, but I sure as heck am not 14 :-P.

        (p.s. Hyundai Genesis Coupe ;-))))))))))
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because it IS the current car with a facelift and the stupid surface on the side from the 1999 concept car.

      http://www.allpar.com/photos/concept-cars/dodge/charger/charger-concept.jpg

      You can see it bulging against the wrap. The "new" 300C is just a facelift as well. I love how GM is coming out with AMAZING new vehicles and Chrysler is churning along with crap business as usual. I mean yea, these products are a good 4 years back in their development cycle, but obviously GM saw where they were heading and fixed it. Chrysler however... not so much.



      Countdown to Chrysler's "third time's the charm" failure in the auto industry in 5... 4... 3... 2...
        • 5 Years Ago
        are you dumb? Everyone knows it's on a mildy reworked platform, its not the exact same but not a lot different. It's going to ride better etc. The new v6 is brand new, and the hemi was just revised last year..look for it to offer 390 in the charger. Calling it the same thing and the fialure of chrysler seems a little dumb doesnt it? Chrysler needs something new to draw people in.. I doubt anyone is going to care what platform it's on besides you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GODDAMNIT! This was supposed to be a comment to post #1.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh enough with this platform nonsense. It's 2009 not 1963 the platform isn't exactly all that limited.

        The only issue with the old chassis was handling and that isn't something the target audience for this car really cares that much about(which is why it is one of Chrysler's only big seller that isn't a truck or SUV). The interior is roomy, there is a lot of room for the sheet metal to change(as you can see from the challenger and 300), and it's RWD. The potential for handling may not possibly reach CTS or M5 levels since the platform wasn't as designed around track performance but then again the mustang and cobalt managed to get pretty damn quick around a bend and they don't even have IRS so Chrysler might surprise us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope they get rid of the cross-hair grille. That design is old as dirt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a big fan of the current body style of the charger (enough to own one) and basing my opinion purely off of these photos I think it looks awful. The only thing I'm liking about it is the new 6.4L.
      Marshall Davidoff
      • 5 Years Ago
      I cant help liking this car. It reminds me of my 79 Pontiac Phoenix. I'm old now so I will go with the 300. It looks like an angry BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will there be a 2011 Magnum I wonder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. To produce the Challenger, they had to kill the Magnum because of capacity issues at the manufacturing plant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes one scratch his head Dodge muscular styling failed to transition into sales (the poor interior and quality did not help much either) why continue down the road. Why not rework the lineup?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This one looks like muscle with a good dose of classiness added to it.
      I dig it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Same old ancient mid-90's era MB platform, gussied up for an overdue minor model change? Sorry, but this thing has had it.

      This thing reminds me of an aging rock star, trying to gyrate their arthritic hips for a last gasp "reunion tour" in a club before they slip into irrelevance. It's just sad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know I should just cut and paste my previous comments from other posts regarding this. As those in know already know, the 300/Charger is not an old Mercedes platform. It uses some Mercedes parts and had some input form Daimler engineers. But the basic platform was already done before Daimler showed up. Just google for the MT interview with Tom Gale. Total Mercedes content is 20% and most of that is the steering column and linkage, the electronics, and some revised suspension bits (which means they will not swap with a Mercedes). The new version will be even more removed from the Mercedes influence.
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