The 2015 Dodge Charger Debuts with a Controversial New Look
We knew that the 2015 Dodge Charger would debut with a new look at the 2014 New York International Auto Show and we even had a teaser showing a vastly restyled headlight, but since the first images of the newest Charger leaked last night, there has been an uproar across the social networks about the Dart-like qualities of the 2015 Charger. While I am not among the people who are so violently offended by the redesign, I am among the group of people who is truly shocked to see Chrysler stray so far from the look of the 2014 Charger.
The current (2014) Dodge Charger sedan wears an aggressive design that was introduced for the 2011 model year with a great deal of success, making it that much more of a shock that the Chrysler Group would offer up a midcycle refresh of the Charger that focused on an exterior redesign. What is even more shocking is that the company has seemingly changed the aspects which had proven to be the most popular features of the ultra aggressive muscle sedan. Much to the chagrin of both Mopar lovers and Mopar haters, the 2015 Dodge Charger wears a front end that is like nothing that we have seen on the Charger in the past…although critics insist that we have seen this front end on the smaller Dodge Dart.
While Dodge will claim that pretty much every body panel of the 2015 Charger is new, it is impossible to talk about this car without addressing the new front end. Gone are the large, angry looking headlights that have proven to be so popular and in their place are long, thin headlights that wrap around the front corners of the Charger. These headlights have LED trim above and below the HID production headlight bulbs for a look that is both stylish and high tech – yet so distinctly unlike the 2014 Charger and that is the big part of why this redesign is so controversial. Between the headlights sits a recognizable crosshair grille which flows down into the angular lower fascia and in that aspect, the 2015 Charger has an undeniably Dart-like look. That has been the key critical point of the new Charger face, but if you set aside the fact that the 2015 Charger looks like the Dodge Dart this isnt a bad looking car by any means. In fact, had this Charger debuted before the Dart, people would have been applauding Chrysler for offering a Dart that looks like the popular Charger.