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Dodge Charger MSRPs $27,495 to $37,500

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The 2006 Dodge Charger sedan with the 2.7-litre V-6 will carry a base price of $27,495 (for the SE model) in Canada when it arrives in dealerships this spring, DaimlerChrysler Canada has announced.

Dodge Charger SXT with the 3.5-litre V-6 will retail for $31,385, and the Dodge Charger R/T with the 5.7-litre Hemi V-8 will be $37,550.

2006 Dodge Charger (photo : DaimlerChrysler)
Whatever their MSRP and performance capabilities, all Dodge Charger are said to ''capture the essence of Dodge Chargers from the 1960s, '70s and '80s in a modern interpretation.''

The price range for the three models is ''the sweet spot of the four-door sedan market,'' says Mike Accavitti, vice-president of marketing for DaimlerChrysler Canada. ''Dodge Charger competitors will be hard pressed to offer a car with as much power, personality and technology as this modern muscle machine,'' he says.

''We expect the Dodge Charger to build on the momentum already generated in the marketplace by the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Caravan with industry-leading Stow 'n Go seating.''

The 2006 Dodge Charger lineup ''provides a full range of performance to match a variety of driving styles, situations and road conditions,'' says Accavitti, and ''every Charger is equipped with standard world-class ride and handling and accident-avoidance features, including electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, and anti-lock brakes.''

The 2.7-litre V-6 in Dodge Charger SE creates 190 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque and is coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission, and should suit drivers looking for the best fuel economy to go with the Charger's style.

2006 Dodge Charger (photo : DaimlerChrysler)
According to DaimlerChrysler Canada, the Dodge Charger SE deliver fuel economy at an estimated 11.4 L/100 km in the city and 7.7 L/100 km on the highway.

Other standard features on the Charger SE include air conditioning, 17-inch steel wheels, wheel covers and tires, AM/FM/CD radio system with four speakers, driver and passenger lumbar support seating, electric rear window defroster, manual tilt and telescoping steering column, power mirrors, power windows (driver one-touch) and locks with auto reverse sensing system, power trunklid release, remote keyless/illuminated entry and speed control.

Dodge Charger SXT will 250 hp at 6,400 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm for the 3.5-litre V-6, all of which goes through a five-speed automatic transmission with the AutoStick system that allows semi-manual shifting.

In addition to the standard features found in Dodge Charger SE, Dodge Charger SXT includes 17-inch aluminum wheels and tires, 60/40 split folding rear seat with centre armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, fog lamps, illuminated vanity mirrors, chrome grille, and Boston Acoustic Sound System with six speakers and 276-watt digital amplifier.