2022 Dodge Challenger
Constantly being buffed, the Dodge Challenger has received many additions to power and style. As automakers go green, Dodge introduced eMuscle, its own take on electric power. While models like the Challenger and Charger will continue to flourish alongside eMuscle, their time could be coming to an end. That’s why the Dodge Challenger returns in 2022. One more year to enjoy pure muscle from the original muscle car automaker.
SUPERCHARGED 6.2L HEMI® V8
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The Challenger returns with the same seven trims in 2022 – SXT (available with AWD), GT (available with AWD), R/T, R/T Scat Pack (available with Widebody), SRT Hellcat (available with Widebody), SRT Hellcat Redeye (available with Widebody), and SRT Super Stock (only available with Widebody). Powertrains also remain the same, with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) powers the SXT and GT trims, regardless of drivetrain – all-wheel drive (AWD)) or rear-wheel drive (RWD). Able to generate 303 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, this power is transferred to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The next engine in line is the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI optimized with VVT and a Multi-Displacement System (MDS), able to generate 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. This time, the engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission, an available automatic 8-speed transmission, and can only be found on the R/T trim. The R/T Scat Pack goes for heritage, fitting the legendary 392 cubic-inch V8 SRT HEMI engine under the hood, able to produce up to 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. In 2021, this engine could come with or without an MDS engine, with a six-speed manual transmission standard, 8-speed automatic transmission available. The Scat Pack 1320 is also available, a drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car with Drag-specific components, such as TransBrake, Torque Reserve, Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radials, SRT-tuned three-mode adaptive damping suspension, Drag Mode, and more
Dodge will continue to make SRT trims as long as gasoline engines exist. We’re not sure if there will be an eMuscle version of the mighty Hellcat, but the 2022 Challenger SRT Hellcat still comes with a 6.2-liter HEMI® V8 engine, able to generate a whopping 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque. Paired with with a six-speed manual transmission standard, 8-speed automatic transmission available, the SRT Hellcat earned two new brothers over the years – the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, powered by a tweaked 6.2-liter Supercharged High-Output HEMI® V8 engine, capable of producing a maximum of 797 horsepower. Still, the Dodge Challenger Super Stock takes the cake, with another version of the 6.2-liter Supercharged High-Output HEMI® V8 engine, capable of generating 807 horsepower.
Dodge has kept the menacing look of the Dodge Challenger going in 2022, and continues to offer consumers more bang for their buck. Standard lineup features include heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, LED taillamps, solar control glass for the front and rear, and depending on the trim, hood scoops and special decals and badges. Starting with the R/T Scat Pack and onward, trims come equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, automatic high beams, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers. The starting wheel size is 18-inches, but some trims can go up to 20-inches.
Inside, the cabin is still starting out with cloth upholstery throughout the trim until we hit the SRT Hellcat trim. That’s when premium Nappa and Alcantara leather becomes available. Regardless, many options are available on various trims in the lineup, with ventilated front seats and a power sunroof available on all trims, and heated front seats on all trims starting with the R/T Scat Pack (available on the SXT, GT, and R/T). Standard features include a 60/40 rear folding seat standard, a leather wrapped steering wheel (heated available on the SXT, GT, and R/T; standard afterwards), and automatic dual zone temperature control standard.
The 2022 Dodge Challenger comes with many packages to personalize the exterior look outside of available paint colors – Pitch-Black, Hellraisin, Granite, Smoke Show, Triple Nickel, Indigo Blue, Frostbite, Octane Red, TorRed, Go Mango, Sinamon Stick, FB Green, and White Knuckle. For those applicable, the Widebody package adds 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” aluminum wheels wrapped in (optional) Pirelli P Zero summer tires, adds extended fender flares to the body, a blacked-out rear lip spoiler, and a scalloped hood. The T/A package, available on V8 models, comes with a painted Satin Black hood, Satin Black wrapped roof and decklid, 20-inch wheels, Satin Black spoiler with T/A decal, Mopar cold-air intake system, lit Air Catcher headlamps, and white face gauges with Gloss Black cluster trim rings.
For those looking for heritage-style inspiration, the Shaker Package, available on R/T and R/T Scat Pack models, includes the legendary cold-air grabbing Mopar Shaker hood, “Shaker” underhood decal, “Challenger” script grille badge (R/T), black rear spoiler (R/T), black fuel door (R/T), black grille surround (R/T), “Shaker” instrument panel badge, and Gloss Black instrument panel cluster trim rings. Lastly, the Plus Package, available on the entire lineup, adds heated and ventilated leather seats; power tilt/telescope steering column; unique wheels; and memory feature for driver seat, steering column, and side mirrors, plus radio presets.
With Uconnect 5 now entering 2022 models, consumers can bet that Dodge has introduced the Challenger to the next-gen. Most likely, Uconnect 4 will still be the standard on the SXT, GT, and R/T, possibly on a 7-inch display. The rest of the lineup will come with Uconnect 5 standard, possibly on an 8.4-inch display. Standard across the lineup are Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Most trims will also come with a six-speaker system as the standard, premium following the R/T Scat Pack, and the SRT Hellcat trims should have upgraded options, such as the Harman Kardon 18-speaker system with subwoofer option in 2021.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2022 Dodge Challenger protests consumers with many basic safety features, including advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental side-mounted front and side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, traction and stability control systems, a ParkView rear back up camera, keyless entry or keyless enter ‘n go, a security alarm, and a Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System. Select trims also come with ParkSense rear park assist, blind spot and rear cross-path detection, and forward collision warning.
All 2022 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.