With the Ford Crown Victoria out of the picture, automakers are in a fight for all-wheel drive system on the Charger Pursuit for 2014.

Previously, the Charger Pursuit was only available with rear-wheel drive, but adding the AWD system gives it an advantage over the rear-drive-only Chevrolet Caprice PPV and makes the car more marketable in Northern police fleets against the Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan which also offers AWD. Dodge's system differs from Ford's mainly by being rear-wheel biased, but Chrysler also says that it features an active transfer case and a front axle disconnect system. These allow the Charger Pursuit to have great traction in slick road conditions and deliver optimal fuel economy in regular driving.

The new Charger AWD police car will only be available on the cars equipped with the V8 engine, and while Chrysler didn't announce fuel economy estimates, the regular Charger AWD gets 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. For top fuel economy, the Pentastar V6 is still available under the RWD Charger Pursuit's hood.

Chrysler's announcement of the Charger Pursuit AWD came on the same day that Ford announced the addition of the more powerful and more fuel-efficient 3.7-liter V6 to the Police Interceptor Sedan.

You can check out the press release below.


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      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uh oh more maintenance costs are on the rise now and now the city will raise our taxes to fix them...
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        AWD to better generate revenue for the city by catching 'speeding' motorists and bringing their wallets to justice.
      Noble-CZ4A
      • 2 Years Ago
      RWD-biased AWD mated to an American V8? I'd *really* like to see pictures of this drivetrain....then get my hands on a few of them and throw it into a tube-framed chassis with carbon fiber body panels.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great. More money for purchase, vehicle maintenance, and gas. And for what? The one-in-a-million occasion when some brain donor tries to get away from a sobriety checkpoint on New Year\'s Eve in Minnesota.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Snow pigs
      • 2 Years Ago
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        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        Meh. I'm an honest citizen and never get harassed by the cops. I even have very dark tint on the front windows of my truck which in PA you're essentially allowed nothing and they still don't bother me (knock on wood). Not sure what you're doing to get harassed. Unless you really don't get harassed and you just like saying that because it sounds good. I also agree in being curious as to how loud the music was. If you had your sweet subs pounding to the point where cars several cars away have rattling windows, then yes, it's too loud. You can have great sounding music, even with bass, and not have it annoying to people in other cars. It's like people WANT others to know you've got a sweet system in your vehicle. Surprisingly, I don't care how loud it is.
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          I should clarify, I am annoyed by overly loud music, i meant I don't care how loud as in im not impressed.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        amen. Got a ticket the other day for playing my music to loud... and its a court date. Cop told me If i dont show their would be a warrant. The world that we live in.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
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          ablogreadr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @miketim1
          good job ! putz who have blaring car stereos should go to traffic school and be made to listen to mantovani :P
      Adventurer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or photos ambientation is SOOO Resident Evil? :P
      Adventurer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or photos ambientation is SOOO Resident Evil? :P
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        789dm
        • 2 Years Ago
        I heard in Australian cops use WRX for city and they use Holden/Falcon V8s for hwy. Who need top speed in the city?
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pursuits are outdated & extremely dangerous. Ignition kill is the way to go.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        sometimes you have to chase somebody because the phrase "don't run from the cops" tends to fall on deaf ears, or go in one ear and out the other
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bumper should of had "007" instead of "001" Don't worry I read the article
      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The local PD just got a brand new 2013 Ford Interceptor and it looks awesome. Not sure how well it will fight crime but at least it looks sinister rollin' down the block.
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