2019 Dodge Challenger
The 2019 Dodge Challenger sure is something. Although still in its fourth generation, so much has changed for the 2019 model year, many would call it a new fifth generation lineup. There’s a new Challenger SRT Hellcat, a new Challenger R/T Scat Pack, and the SRT Demon has inspired both of these to let loose a little. Check out how much of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon still lives in the 2019 Dodge Challenger.
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Engine and Trims
For 2019, Dodge reduced the lineup of the Dodge Challenger while also adding something new to replace the SRT Demon. The new lineup is made up of the SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and new SRT Hellcat Redeye trims. The standard drivetrain is rear-wheel drive, but the SXT and GT trims can come with all-wheel drive for $3000.
Throughout the lineup, a consumer may find one of five engines under the hood, two of which come with an optional configuration. The SXT and GT trims are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing for optimal performance, and can generate 305 horsepower. The R/T trim is powered by a 375hp 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, also optimized with VVT, but consumers can add a multi-displacement system to the engine to increase fuel efficiency. The same option is available for the R/T Scat Pack, powered by the 392 V8 SRT HEMI engine, able to generate up to 484 horsepower. For 2019, Dodge re-tuned the supercharged 6.3-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine to deliver 717 horsepower, and the new SRT Hellcat Redeye is powered by a 797hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat HEMI High-Output engine.
Transmission and Fuel Economy
The standard transmission for the SXT and GT trims is a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. All other trims come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but consumers can opt-in for the TorqueFlite automatic model. However, the range of fuel economy changes depending on the engine and transmission chosen. The SXT and GT trims have a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, whereas the R/T has a fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (before adding the MDS). The R/T Scat Pack (pre-MDS) can get up to 23 mpg on the highway, and the SRT Hellcat gets 21 mpg on the highway.
Performance Changes for 2019
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon inspired the SRT Hellcat, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat Redeye for 2019. All three trims come with launch control, launch assist, line lock, and SRT drive modes. These trims can also be outfitted with the Widebody package ($6000), should consumers want a more aggressive-looking model. Going a little further, the R/T Scat Pack gets its own drag-strip street-legal 1320 (Angry Bee) package to also add Drag Mode, Line Lock, TransBrake, Torque Reserve, and available drag radials for $3,995.
Select trims will have obvious changes for 2019. Some may come with their respective badges or graphics, like the R/T trim coming with an “R/T” badge and “HEMI” fender/hood badge, but most noticeable for 2019 is the new dual-snorkel hood built into the design of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. Able to feed more air into the supercharger, this new hood helps to attest to the increase of horsepower for 2019.
Standard across the lineup are automatic projector headlamps and LED split tail lamps, an auto-dimming mirror, heated exterior mirrors, and solar control glass. The SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye come with illuminated air-catcher headlamps to feed even more air into the supercharger. From the R/T Scat Pack and above, consumers can find dual rear-exhaust with bright tips. The R/T Scat Pack comes with heat extractors on a performance hood. Consumers have various wheel sizes and styles depending on the trim, ranging from 18-inch to 20-inch wheels.
Not a whole lot has changed for the 2019 model year in terms of interior. Able to seat up to five passengers, the 2019 Dodge Challenger lineup comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for storage configurations, a power 6-way adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. For seating, consumers will find premium cloth upholstery comes on the SXT trim, Houndstooth cloth on the GT and R/T trims, and the rest of the trims have the choice of leather or Laguna or cloth. The entire lineup has the option of installing a power sunroof.
For the 2019 model year, the standard audio setup for the SXT, GT, and R/T trims is a six-speaker system with Uconnect 4 on a 7-inch touchscreen. The rest of the lineup comes standard with a premium six-speaker system, Uconnect 4C on an 8.4-inch touchscreen. All trims can upgrade to Uconnect 4C with GPS navigation on an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Consumers will find all trims come with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, Bluetooth integrated voice command, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The R/T Scat Pack and Hellcat trims come with HD Radio and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, optional on the SXT, GT, and R/T trims. For drag-racing fans, Dodge Performance pages are optional for the R/T trim, whereas SRT Performance pages come standard on the R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat, and SRT Hellcat Redeye.
Safety Features and Warranty
Consumers will find many standard safety features on the 2019 Dodge Challenger, including advanced (SRT) multistage front airbags, supplemental side-mounted front and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, traction and stability control systems, keyless entry or keyless enter ‘n go, a security alarm, and a Sentry key theft deterrent system. Advanced safety features, such as blind spot and rear cross path detection, forward collision warning, ParkSense rear park assist system, ParkView rear back up camera, and a remote start system can be installed on select trims.
All 2019 Challenger models are covered by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.