NEW FOR 2010:
– Standard Interactive Decel Fuel Shut-Off (iDFSO) and fuel saver indicator
– SE adds standard luxury floor mats
– R/T adds standard LED-lit door pull handles and cupholder
– UConnect Tunes 30GB hard-drive MP3 stereo with steering wheel audio controls replaces six-DVD/MP3 stereo available on SXT and R/T; available six-CD/MP3 stereo dropped
– Sound Group II adds steering wheel-mounted audio controls, available on R/T
– Keyless Go added to Electronics Convenience Group
– Exterior colours: Plum Crazy added; B5 Blue and Detonator Yellow carried forward for a limited time
For 2010, changes to the Dodge Challenger are mostly trim, although it now receives standard Interactive Decel Fuel Shut-Off, which shuts off fuel during deceleration for improved fuel economy. The SE adds luxury floor mats and the R/T receives interior LED lighting, while the company’s available UConnect Tunes hard-disc-drive stereo replaces the previous available six-CD/MP3 stereo.
Based on the LX platform that it shares with the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, the Challenger is available with a choice of three engines. The SE and SXT use a 3.5-litre V6 with five-speed automatic; the R/T uses a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 with five-speed automatic or optional six-speed manual transmission; and the SRT8 uses a 6.1-litre Hemi V8 with five-speed automatic or optional six-speed manual. The five-speed automatic also includes a manual shift mode. The 5.7-litre features the company’s Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which shuts off half the cylinders under light load for improved fuel economy, but only when ordered with the automatic transmission; when mated to the six-speed manual, the engine runs on all cylinders all the time. The six-speed also includes Track Pak with pistol-grip shifter, hill start assist, anti-spin rear axle, bright pedal covers, performance steering, and electronic stability control shutoff switch.
Features on the SE include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, power locks with keyless entry, floor mats, power mirrors, cloth seats, eight-way power driver’s adjustment, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, touring suspension, tire pressure monitoring system, auto-down front windows, and variable intermittent wipers.
The SXT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, fog lamps, leather-wrapped wheel, and illuminated vanity mirrors.
The R/T adds performance brakes, polished aluminum fuel filler door, automatic headlamps, pushbutton start, heated mirrors, rear spoiler, heated leather-faced seats, Boston Acoustics speakers, Sirius satellite radio, performance steering, and performance suspension. Automatic-equipped models include a remote starter.
The R/T Classic adds racing-style fuel cap, dual square chrome exhaust tips, hood scoop, and body stripes.
The SRT8 adds 20-inch forged alloy wheels, high-performance brakes, electronic vehicle information centre, severe-duty engine cooling, automatic xenon headlamps, garage door opener, illuminated cupholders, auto-dimming rearview mirror, security alarm, premium leather-faced heated seats, UConnect hands-free connectivity, performance-tuned steering, wheel-mounted audio controls, high-performance suspension, outside temperature display, and tire pressure monitoring display.