With Fiat helmsman Sergio Marchionne at the wheel, things are looking up for Chrysler, with the now-truckless Dodge brand offering up a refreshed Charger, a stronger SRT8 HEMI V-8, and a more luxurious and "sporty" Durango. Today pricing for the rejuvenated Dodge lineup is out, and it looks pretty good.
The 2011 Charger, sporting sleeker new looks and a tweaked trim lineup, gets a slight price rise from 2010's $24,590 base plus $750 delivery fee for the SE to $25,170 plus $825 delivery. The upgrade includes the new Pentastar V-6 in place of the previous 2.7-liter V-6--an upgrade of 105 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. Not bad for a net difference of just $655 including delivery fees. Base prices rise as high as $35,170 for the rear-drive Charger R/T with "Max Package," with all-wheel-drive adding another $2,150 to the price.
The 2011 Challenger likewise sees a price hike from the 2010 SE model's $23,995 base (including delivery) to $25,495. That $1,500 jump is a bit larger than the Charger's, and the power upgrade is smaller with the shift from the previous 3.5-liter V-6: 55 more horsepower and 10 pound-feet of torque. An improved suspension for sportier handling is also packaged into the rise. Stepping up to the 2011 Challenger R/T kicks the base price up to $29,670 excluding delivery, with another $3,000 in options packages available before making the jump to $42,555 for the SRT8 392 model.
Dodge's "three-row performance SUV," the 2011 Durango, starts from $29,195 in rear-wheel-drive Express trim, rising to $41,795 for the range-topping Citadel. All-wheel drive adds an even $2,000 across the Durango lineup. For the price, Dodge delivers 50/50 weight distribution, a 25-percent stiffer unibody than the previous Durango, and an interior that is heavily leveraged from the excellent cabin of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Pricing for the 2011 Avenger, Grand Caravan, and Journey were also announced today. Hit page two for the full details on all six models.