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2010 Dodge Charger Preview

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Challenger gets all the buzz these days, but that doesn’t mean we should forget its four-door sedan platform mate, Charger, also made at Chrysler Canada’s plant in Bramalea, Ontario. Based on a non-current Mercedes-Benz E chassis, Charger is rear drive and rock solid.

Like all Dodge nameplates, the base model is the SE. For 2010 it gets standard side-curtain front and rear air bags (replacing the front seat side bags). Also new and standard on SE is a black grille with bright surround, and body-colour fixed mirrors.

SXT RWD has been repositioned to be Charger’s volume leader. It will feature the same equipment levels as 2009, such as 3.5-litre V6, fog lamps, power 8-way drivers seat, and power-heated mirrors — but at a keener price.

AWD Chargers includes anti-lock 4-wheel disc heavy-duty brakes, a 3.06 axle ratio, and load leveling and height control high performance suspension.

For 2010 Chrysler introduces a new line of “painted finish” wheels. Charger gets “Tech Silver” 18-inch aluminum wheels for SXT and R/T RWD, and “Satin Silver” 18-inch aluminum wheels for Charger AWD.

Late in 2009, Chrysler started phasing in Decel Fuel Shut-Off (iDFSO), and Fuel Saver Indicators (FSI). Charger was one of the first ones to get these fuel saving devices (but only on models equipped with the 5-speed automatic).

FSI advises drivers when the powertrain is in the economy target zone, as well as indicating when iDFSO is activated.

Take note that the rear seat video system is no longer optional on R/T and SRT8 models.

But you won’t care, especially in the case of SRT8, which happens to have a 425-hp 6.1-litre HEMI onboard.

Pricing starts at $29,995.

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