Law enforcement agencies will love the fact that the Dodge Charger Pursuit now has all-wheel-drive capability that improves traction in slippery conditions. Active all-wheel drive has been around for quite some time now but it should be considered that these systems are typically used in front-drive vehicles instead of the road-hungry Hemi-bearing vehicles.
Chrysler executive Peter Grady said that having an active all-wheel drive system will widen its appeal to police departments that would have to deal with difficult weather conditions. He added that since the Charger Pursuit is now available with dual capability of both rear- and all-wheel-drive, Chrysler will be able to respond to the requirements of police fleet buyers throughout the country.
For the longest time, police fleets were dominated by Ford’s Crown Victoria but ever since it was discontinued, other brands got the chance to make a dent in the segment. “Adding available all-wheel-drive capability to the already popular Dodge Charger Pursuit will broaden the Charger’s appeal to police departments that are accustomed to dealing with rough winters and adverse weather conditions,” said Peter Grady, Vice President - Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “With the Charger Pursuit now offering dual capability of both rear- and all-wheel-drive, we’ll be able to meet the needs of our police fleet customers across the country.”
In penning the exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger, its designers looked for inspiration from a vehicle of the past – the second-generation Charger of the late 1960s. This inspiration allowed designers to create a design that would not only appeal to the current generation of car buyers, but also to all generations.
The 2011 Dodge Charger comes with an assertively imposing front end, as made possible by its new "split crosshair" signature grille. This hallmark grille is made more appealing by a black satin inset set into its chromed surrounds. Set behind the chromed grille is a grate with a split hexagon design bearing the new "Dodge" nameplate.
Since the design of the new 2011 Dodge Charger is heavily inspired by the second generation of Dodge Charger coupes, it also dons an aluminum hood with dual "scallops" that help emphasize the performance nature of the car. Likewise, large scallops can be found on the body sides of the new Dodge Charger – also inspired by the 1968-1970 generation – giving rise to an A-line running across the car’s doors. The new Dodge Charger also features signature horizontal "coke bottle" door and side shape helps define the muscular profile of the new vehicle.
Meanwhile, the new 2011 Dodge Charger also features dramatically pronounced and flared body sides, resulting to six inches of offset between the roof rails and shoulder lines. This design helps lend the new Dodge Charger a "planted" performance stance, similar to that of its second-generation predecessor. This stance is complemented by sculpted surfaces surrounding the wheels as by tire-to-body fitment that is now tighter by 8 mm than the previous model. Featured as standard on the new Charger R/T, a new deck-lid spoiler is offered as an option on the Charger SE.