Dodge's four-door muscle car now offers all-season thrills with the popular GT trim.
The Dodge Charger has proven to be something of a golden goose for FCA's all-American Dodge brand, continuing to sell in impressive numbers despite the fact that it hasn't had a true bottom-up redesign since the nameplate's rebirth for 2006. For 2020, Dodge will keep things fresh by adding the Charger GT to its list of muscle cars with available AWD.
Previously, only the Charger SXT offered available AWD, giving buyers just a single option in winter-savvy four-door muscle cars. As for the Charger's two-door sibling, the Challenger, SXT and GT AWD models will remain available for 2020.
Dealers will be able to begin placing orders for the new 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD starting in January. The car will start at $34,995 MSRP before destination, taxes, and fees, squeezing FCA's stalwart 3.6L Pentastar V6 for up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque - the same as in the SXT AWD. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends that output through an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect, retaining the car's RWD dynamics unless extra traction and stability are needed.
That's all true of the SXT AWD, too; the difference is that now, AWD Charger customers can have that versatile system with the GT's aggressive-looking hood scoop, its more muscular front fascia, decklid spoiler, stylish 19-inch wheels, sporty sills, performance steering wheel, and heightened seat bolstering.
The Dodge Charger GT AWD rides on 235-section-width performance all-season tires, suitable for year-round use even in cold climates, and a pair of projector LED fog lights help illuminate the road in inclement conditions.
"Most people think of Chargers and Challengers as high-performance muscle cars, which clearly they are, but they can also be four-season capable AWD performance cars," says FCA North America's Head of Passenger Cars, Tim Kuniskis. "Only Dodge offers vehicles that combine practicality and all-weather driving confidence without sacrificing muscle car attitude."
The recipe appears to be working a treat; the Dodge Charger is on pace to lead US large sedan sales for the third straight year, and Q3 2019 saw the Charger achieve its best third quarter sales in 13 years.