2020 Dodge Challenger: 5 Simple-Yet-Impactful Interior Changes
Over the past week, we have brought you an in-depth look at the features of the 2020 Dodge Challenger, with special emphasis on the changes for the new model year. Today, the deep dive into the Mopar muscle car continues with a look at the new interior features, and while the changes inside aren’t dramatic, they all play a role in sprucing up the cockpit for the new model year.
It should be noted that we do not have pictures of all of the changes for the new model year, but we have included what is available thus far.
2020 Dodge Challenger Premium Materials
First up, the 2020 Dodge Challenger benefits from the use of more premium materials throughout the cabin. All 2020 models that come with leather seats will also come with an all-new stitched leather dash with matching upper door panels, bringing a more upscale look and feel (shown at the top of this piece in T/A trim). That premium look can be further accentuated with the new optional Carbon Fiber interior package, which adds carbon fiber bezels and a Dynamica suede headliner on those 2020 Challengers equipped with a V8 engine.
New Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
Next, the Performance Handling Group for the 2020 Dodge Challenger GT RWD and R/T now comes with a new flat bottom leather steering wheel that is also part of the Dynamics Package for the R/T Scat Pack in standard-width and widebody form. Dodge has included a flat bottom steering wheel on a few different models for years now, but this new wheel has an all-leather wrap, whereas the Hellcat steering wheel has a portion that is painted silver, where the lower spoke “flows” into the wheel itself. In the image below, the new steering wheel is on the left while the Hellcat steering wheel is shown on the right for comparison.
Having driven every variant of the Dodge Challenger over the past few years, I have come to prefer the feel of the flat bottom steering wheel, so making this part of an option package is sure to be a popular change for the new model year.
Caramel Suede Interior
The third change for the 2020 Dodge Challenger is something that we discussed in our piece detailing the color palate for the new model year. In addition to the all-black, red-and-black and Sepia interiors, Dodge has added a Caramel interior package that includes Alcantara suede seating surfaces. We have not seen a picture of this new interior yet, but we expect that it will be a lighter brown shade, similar to the Sepia except in suede rather than leather.
New Dash Badging
If you are familiar with the look of the dash of the modern Dodge Challenger, you likely know that the passenger’s side HVAC vent has a model line badge incorporated into the bottom corner. For 2020, there are five new badge designs in that spot, starting with the basic block font Challenger logo on the SXT, GT and R/T models. If you buy one of those three models with the Blacktop package, that block logo changes to the Challenger script logo (shown below), with the classic, cursive logo being standard on the Challenger T/A in either form (5.7-liter or 6.4-liter).
Of course, the Shaker logo comes standard on the R/T and Scat Pack models with the cool, classic hood design while the R/T Scat Pack comes standard with the 392 logo joining the angry little bee character.
Finally, all 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models – whether packing 717 or 797 horsepower – comes with a new black-and-red SRT Hellcat badge under the vent.
Again, none of these changes recreate the cabin, but they are all small touches that help give the 2020 Dodge Challenger a look and feel of its own.
Check out the links below for all of our detailed coverage of the 2020 Dodge Challenger.
Details on the Six Different Transmission Options
Power Levels for All 16 Configurations
Exterior Changes are Basic but Model-Wide
Several Popular Colors Gone as New Options Arrive
Watch Torque News exclusive review of the 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 1320 and click to subscribe to Torque News Youtube Channel for daily Dodge and automotive news analysis.
See you in my next story where I am detailing all the 19 packages of the 2020 Dodge Challenger. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Patrick Rall is a professional writer and photographer with a passion for all things automotive. Patrick has been sharing his automotive expertise in automotive journalism from Detroit for more than a decade covering the Big Three. Having grown up in his father’s performance shop, he spent extensive time at the oval track and drag strip – both driving and wrenching on various types of vehicles. In addition to working as a writer, Patrick previously worked as an automotive technician before moving on to a business office position with a chain of dealerships, and this broad spectrum of experience in the industry allows him to offer a unique look on the automotive world. Follow Patrick on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.