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2015 Dodge Charger Preview

What will change? Styling and the transmission used with the V-8 engines. A complete redesign isn’t likely until model-year 2017 but expect this full-size sedan to see sheetmetal freshening beyond what it got for model-year 2011. A V-6 and a pair of Hemi V-8s will almost certainly return, but the Hemis will shelve a five-speed automatic transmission for the more efficient eight-speed automatic already linked to the V-6.

Why wait for the 2015 Dodge Charger? Performance junkies should wait if they believe a Hemi will be even faster and more fuel-efficient with Chrysler Group’s excellent eight-speed automatic. We do. V6-powered 2015 Chargers probably won’t get mechanical changes but will receive the benefits of any exterior and interior updates.

Why buy a 2014 Dodge Charger? Because you like the looks of the current model and want to get in before the almost-inevitable price increase that would accompany the 2015 Dodge Charger. And those Hemis are plenty fast already with the five-speed automatic transmission so incremental increases in performance and fuel economy might not be worth the higher purchase price.

About Ed Piotrowski

Ed Piotrowski has more than a decade of experience as a community and automotive journalist. As a former editor for Consumer Guide Automotive, he wrote new car news and reviews for the publication's magazine and website. He served as the lead editor of Consumer Guide's auto show coverage, managed its short- and long-term vehicle test fleet, and made regular appearances on a suburban Chicago radio station. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association where he served as the lodging logistics manager for the organization's annual Spring Collection road rally. Ed writes from Chicago's northwest suburbs.

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