A Side by Side Exterior Comparison of the 2014 and 2015 Dodge Challenger
While the vast majority of the exterior design of the 2015 Dodge Challenger has remained relatively unchanged compared to the 2014 models, the 2015 models underwent a 1971-esque refresh that affected both the front and rear ends with a significant level of detail.
Up front, the 2015 Dodge Challenger changed start at the hood, where the “power bulge” design has returned, but the raised portion of the hood is now slightly taller on the backside and more chiseled from front to back while the intake openings are larger and have a new filled design. Next, while the basic design of the upper fascia remains unchanged, pretty much everything inside of it is new.
The dual headlight design is preserved, but the 2015 models have lenses that are both slightly smaller and filled with sharp new LED trim – that some other folks might call “angel eyes”. Between those headlights are the new dual opening grille, which was taken directly from the nose of the 1971 Challenger and while the blacked out grille on the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker doesn’t allow us to see much detail of the new grille, the images shown here with chrome grille trim work perfectly to highlight this new 1971-like feature. The lower front fascia is also new, beginning with the “bumper” area that splits the upper and lower openings with a new accent line running through the middle along with new projection fog lights and a large lower opening that sits upside down relative to the 2014 Challenger.
Finally, the mesh filler from the 2014 models has been replaced through the lower fascia opening with horizontal bars that flank the mysterious black orb that works with the cruise control and collision avoidance systems.
Aside from the wheel options, the view from the side of the 2015 Dodge Challenger really hasn’t changed much, but the back end is a very different story. Starting at the top, the 2015 Challenger features a new low profile decklid spoiler with a sunken down center section, as opposed to the 2014 Challenger spoiler that is straight from side to side. Next, the taillight panel is a slightly larger and the huge taillight lens that ran across the entire width of the rump is gone – replaced by a new set of smaller LED race track taillights with a split design down the middle of each. The lower rear fascia has new sculpting and the black portion of the lower fascia is more prominent, with wider, flatter tailpipes nestled into the large blacked out lower portion…but casual onlookers are likely to miss all of that detail due to the striking new taillights.
The changes made to the 2015 Dodge Challenger really don’t change that much about the vehicle. In fact, it seems that someone could upfit the 2015 grille, headlights, hood and taillights to an older Challenger and achieve the same exterior appearance as the new models, but these aesthetic changes should help entice new buyers along with attracting those Mopar fans who want to have the latest, greatest thing. This new Challenger might not be the revolutionary change that some fans who wanted a smaller, more Mustang-like Challenger, but there is no question that the brawny Mopar muscle car has gotten even sexier for 2015.
It should be noted that we are looking at pictures of a 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic in Plum Crazy and a 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT in B5 Blue. I have chosen these two models, as the 2015 R/T models shown in company photography all have the Shaker hood and I wanted a style that better displayed the differences between the standard 2015 Challenger styling and what we know of current models. The physical design of the 2013 and 2014 Challenger were the same.
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