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Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job

The Dodge Charger's nose job for 2015: subtle hints of the Dart. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart.

Designers also reworked each piece of exterior sheet metal to give the 2015 sedan a distinctly smaller and more rounded appearance.

Updated LEDs in front and rear soften the 2015 Charger’s appearance. The sedan retains its distinctive “racetrack” rear lighting, which makes the Charger easy to identify at night from great distances.

Inside the cabin, revised electronics and a new shifter and steering wheel lend a more upscale feel. Designers added a 7-inch screen that drivers can configure, plus lane departure warning, rear park assist, forward collision warning and intervention and adaptive cruise control.

The 2014 Charger’s often-criticized three-position electronic shifter -- which returned to neutral after each shift -- is replaced with a traditional gated shifter that remains in position once engaged.

The 2015 Charger retains its distinctive "racetrack" rear lighting, which makes the sport sedan easy to identify at night from great distances.

Chrysler Group’s eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard with both the 292-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and the 370-hp 5.7-liter Hemi.

The 2015 Charger also gets the latest version of Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, complete with available Wi-Fi hot spot.

The new interior electronics will allow Dodge to introduce a smartphone application that will enable the Charger to be locked or have its engine started remotely.

Through March, U.S. sales of the Charger were off 4 percent this year compared with the same period last year.

Prices for the 2015 Charger were not disclosed. Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com -- Follow Larry P. on Twitter: @LarryVellequett

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