2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit now available with all-wheel-drive

Article by Christian A., on September 16, 2012

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.

Press Release

Dodge Charger Pursuit to Offer Segment's Most Advanced All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System

Dodge is turning up the heat in the police pursuit vehicle segment. In response to police fleet customer demand and with input from the Chrysler Group's Police Advisory Board, the already well-received Dodge Charger Pursuit will offer an available all-wheel drive (AWD) system with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine.

The Dodge Charger's AWD system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system that better balances performance and fuel economy.

"The Dodge Charger offers the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in its class," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Dodge Brand. "Only Charger offers a front-axle disconnect that seamlessly transitions from the outstanding performance and handling of rear-wheel drive to the all-weather traction of all-wheel drive, with class-leading fuel economy and iconic styling."

Chrysler Group engineers have already started testing the Dodge Charger Pursuit with the AWD system. The vehicle will meet the police pursuit durability cycle set for RWD models that ensures the car can reliably handle the extreme conditions seen in police use. Police fleet customers will be able to start ordering the Dodge Charger Pursuit with AWD for the 2014 model year.

Dodge Charger Pursuit
The 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit features two uncompromised, high-performance engines that deliver world-class levels of power, refinement, technology and fuel efficiency.

Delivering best-in-class power and achieving the fastest-ever lap time at Michigan State Police's (MSP) Vehicle Evaluation Test for the 2012 model year (1:33.70) at Grattan Raceway in Michigan – the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 with its legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine unleashes 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and up to 25 highway mpg with innovative four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology.

With the 2012 model achieving the fastest naturally aspirated (tested with both regular unleaded and E-85 flex-fuel) lap times around MSP's Vehicle Evaluation Test, the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 with its aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, offers E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 27 highway mpg.

With superior ride and handling, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features Chrysler Group's second-generation large car rear-wheel-drive architecture with performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Developed with the guidance of the brand's Police Advisory Board, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a mobile-command interior with unique features, including a Vehicle Systems Interface Module for easy equipment integration, heavy-duty police-duty front seats and column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick.

In addition to its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick," the Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers and driver's knee bag.

The 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit equipped with Mopar's police equipment packages is available through Chrysler Group LLC's fleet operations. The Dodge Charger Pursuit is manufactured at Chrysler Group LLC's Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant.


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