Dodge’s Polarizing New Charger Sparks Worries

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2015 Dodge Charger R/T

With the New York International Auto Show as its backdrop, Dodge (FIATY.PK) pulled the curtains back on the new 2015 Charger sedan, which you see before you now, in the R/T trim. It looks dramatically different, due Dodge engineers’ decision to completely overhaul everything on the outside. For the better, some would argue. Definitely for the worse, others say.

The subject of such debate seems to revolve around a couple of key factors, most significant of which is the Charger’s now closer resemblance of its sibling, the Dodge Dart. The formerly angular nose and aggressive lights and demeanor have been softened somewhat, as engineers and designers employed a more curve-based design language that many seem to feel has somehow weakened the car.

2015 Dodge Charger R/T

Around the back, the story continues with the rounded styling that’s evocative of the Dart. While similarities certainly exist, it may be prudent to remind those using that as criticism that the two are indeed from the same family. The Ford Fusion and new Ford Focus share many cues, as does the Toyota Corolla and the new Camry, and the new Chevrolet Malibu and new Chevrolet Cruze. The strategy isn’t meant to be mocking or lazy — it’s meant to give the lineup a sense of commonality, like a family. And the strategy is employed industry-wide.

Dart-like appearances aside, the Charger retains its chiseled doors and the meaty, aggressive stance emphasized by the thick fenders and low-slung roofline. The hood, while altered to accommodate the new front end, still has a distinctly muscle car feel to it, offered by slight scalloping of the sheet metal. Those LED running lights will come standard on all models, though all-wheel drive will only be optional on the base models, not the R/T, Autoblog reports.

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