Why the Dodge Charger Deserves the Widebody Package
The auto market sure is changing quickly these days, and at the same time it’s a slow burn for some automakers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is an automobile group that comes to mind, having just started to hop on the gravy trains for autonomous self-driving cars and alternative fuel technology. A lot has happened in a short amount of time. FCA partnered up with a small self-driving car technology startup (Aurora Innovation), ENGIE and Enel X for EV charging solutions, signed a contract for a hybrid-ready ZF 8HP transmission, and FCA will also be investing $800 million into the production of the Fiat BEV in Italy, a new take on the electric Fiat 500e. Because of this, all of their auto brands are turning towards alternative fuel powertrain lineups, including Dodge vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger. Some of the auto market is a little miffed that the Dodge Charger, a sedan, is getting a widebody package, and think it should be exclusive to the muscle car Dodge Challenger, but why would it be such a bad thing on the Dodge Charger?
Think about it. The pricing for the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger have grown ever closer in recent model years. The starting MSRP for the 2019 Dodge Challenger is $28,095 (plus destination fee), and the starting MSRP for the 2019 Dodge Charger is $29,470 (plus destination fee). Both are affordable, and the Charger actually costs a little more for those two extra doors. Now, the Widebody is available on two trims for the upcoming 2020 Dodge Charger, so the price will change, but if it were available in late 2019, the Widebody package would add $6,000 to the price tag for the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack at $40,245 (plus destination fee) and the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat starting at $67,495 (plus destination fee). The starting MSRP for the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the same, whereas the SRT Hellcat trim is about $7,000 less. On the 2019 Dodge Challenger.
Price aside, the Dodge Charger has proven to be the most popular of the two in the auto market. That’s right, when it comes to sports cars, the Dodge Charger is the most searched for car in America. 16-out-of-50 states prefer the Dodge Charger, with the Ford Mustang trailing behind. The Dodge Charger has also won the Residual Value Award from ALG in the Full-Size Car segment time and again. This means that the Dodge Charger is sure to last and keep its value for years to come, making it even better for consumers in the long run.
Plus, unlike the Dodge Challenger, most likely sought after for racing on the track and a need for speed, the Dodge Charger is more practical. Although insurance agencies may investigate the model more thoroughly when it comes to the powertrain for the notoriety of the automaker name, the Dodge Charger has four doors, making it easier for passengers to get in and out of the vehicle. Able to seat five, it’s a great vehicle for carpooling to school or on a night out. Why not add the Widebody package to the new Dodge Charger? 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” aluminum wheels, extended fender flares that are added to the body, a blacked-out rear lip spoiler, and a scalloped hood all sound like great additions to us!