• Jun 3, 2010
2011 Dodge Charger spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've seen plenty of spy shots showing heavily cloaked prototypes of the 2011 Dodge Charger before, but our spy photographers just found the holy grail. Who knows how it happened, but the cover on this Charger prototype (we're guessing it's an R/T model) got flipped back to reveal the redesigned sedan's new snout for the first time and our spies snapped the hell out of it.

The Charger's new look will apparently be an evolution more than a revolution, with the current sedan's squared off front end and angry expression receiving several tweaks. The grille, for instance, appears slightly taller and juts out farther creating a schnoz not unlike what you'll find on the front end of a Mitsubishi Lancer (not a fan of the faux chrome, though). The Charger's headlights always made the car look pissed off, but the new model appears to be in an even worse mood with a more aggressive scowl. The hood is definitely more chiseled as well, with what appears to be two recesses stamped in on either side of a center spine. Finally, the lower bumper receives new fog lamps and a larger lower air intake.

There were rumors that Dodge passenger vehicles would soon be sporting new badges that ditched the horned ram, in light of Ram trucks being spun off as its own brand. This prototype, however, is wearing a traditional Dodge badge with the hooved mammal's head in relief like always. That doesn't mean the brand couldn't swap out badges at the last minute, but if that's their plan, there's no evidence here.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this "new" or "refreshed" Charger so sar as I can see. I think Chrysler has some very good "All-American" looking products...the 300, the Charger, the Challenger, even the Journey and the RAM Truck. Why insist on totally changing what is a near "iconic" American good look? (Need anyone be reminded that Porsche, in its particular genre, has done rather well with a single, good, now bulletproof 911 style/shape for it's entire lifetime?) Refresh, tweak, improveall those interiors, exteriors, and engines...that would be a good, solid evolution of sound automotive business as well as technology. All the people that constantly insist on the 100% "new", "next-gen" iteration of an already successful product are too invested in "eye-candy" more than genuine product development. Chrysler...keep at it, I say, and Good Luck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Other then the wheels whats changed?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously if you're asking that then you're obviously not taking the time to compare between them both. Yes it looks similar but you can definitely tell the difference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dodge and Chrysler products haven't been favorites of mine by a longshot. However, I must admit that this actually look pretty good. Just get rid of the chrome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wish Dodge would lose the crossbar grille on their cars & save it for the Ram line. I'd rather see a floating emblem in the middle of the grille.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was bored, made this

      http://www.polymediadesign.com/charger2011_lg.jpg - suits my current black SRT
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front end reminds me of the all new Mitsubishi outlander Sport
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anything it looks better than the current one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm def like the new direction they went with the Charger....seems fitting for a American RWD car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      From reading these comments, I'm one of the few that thinks the new front end looks awful. I currently own an 07 Charger R/T and while it does have it's flaws (interior panels, I'm looking at you) I think the exterior looks a million times better than this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't care how good it looks. NO CAR deserves the name Charger unless it's a two door!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you mean to suggest that the decision to name this vehicle "Charger" was purely a marketing choice, and had nothing to do with the original Charger.

        However, to suggest that a properly engineered and nicely designed high-end rwd car can't be called "Charger" just because it has four doors is childish.

        Not that I'm suggesting for a second that this is nicely designed -- i think it's horrible, bloated, and a mess of misplaced bulges and "fast" angles. That it's properly engineered goes without saying: it's a Mercedes after all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I think you mean to suggest that the decision to name this vehicle "Charger" was purely a marketing choice, and had nothing to do with the original Charger."

        Absolutely correct statement, that is exactly why it has the name.

        "However, to suggest that a properly engineered and nicely designed high-end rwd car can't be called "Charger" just because it has four doors is childish."

        Well, that guy, myself, adn thousands of other "childish" consumers have withheld our money and won't buy that "thing". Although they are trying to make it more retro, i jsut can't force myself to buy one until it's a charger, IE two door muscel car, they way it should have been in the first place.

        Just because your opion is different dos not make his opinion wrong.

        As for your last paragraph, it's sad to think that any european car amnufacturer had anythign to do with a car carrying the name charger (or GTO or mustang or chevelle for that matter).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get rid of the chrome grille for a smoother look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They've already proven they can style the outside of a car (this, challenger). Can they produce an interior that I want to sit in?

      My BIGGEST issue has ALWAYS been the interior of the SRT8s (the only dodge products I have considered) even though the Jeep SRT8 was substantially better than the trailblazer SS, but still not worthy of that price tag.

      Here's hope that they sort out the Interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every body panel on the Charger refresh is actually new. The interior will be all new as well. Chrysler teased a bit of the Charger at the beginning of the year with these shots.

        http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2009/11/picture-13.png

        http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2009/11/picture-14.png

        The face of the current Charger is tweaked. The rest of the body is restyled similarly to the 1999 Charger concept. The new gauge cluster will probably end up in the 300 as well with different color lighting. There are other interior spy shots on this site if you search.

        I am curious to see the changes made to the 300 for 2011 as well. Like the Charger it will look very similar to the model out now, but more refined and tweaked in the right places.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hazdaz,

        You're mistaken my friend. Those 2 pics are new (although the gauge cluster isn't the one that is going into the new car), and the one from the rear 1/4 panel view is of this upcoming car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Trishield

        Those pics are from a Dodge Charger concept from over 10 years ago - that is not what this restyled Charger will actually look like. They *might* take a few styling cues from it, but do not expect future Dodge vehicles to look like this.

        (which I personally think is a shame, since that concept from 1999 was actually pretty decent, but the time for that car is long gone now)

        http://img2.netcarshow.com/Dodge-Charger_RT_Concept_Vehicle_1999_800x600_wallpaper_02.jpg
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