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.