Chrysler Unveiled 2011 Dodge Charger Police Car : In an effort to increase its police car market share from 18% to 40%, Dodge, Chrysler has released photos of their new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit.
Chrysler is out to prove it’s a contender for lucrative American Police agency car contracts with its 2011 Charger Pursuit. Ford and General Motors have already introduced their next-generation police pursuit vehicles, and while the Taurus- and Caprice/Commodore-based cruisers will be tough competition for one another, the new Charger pursuit is no softie either.
“You should think of this as the beginning of the all-new Dodge Charger retail vehicle coming out at the end of the year [for the general public],” said Chrysler spokesman Jiyan Cadiz in a phone conversation. “The image is pretty much covered up. But we’ll likely get the face on the production one. I’m trying to protect this car [the 2011 Charger] so you’ll have another story to write later.” Cadiz said trying to maintain the mystery of the redesigned Charger is the reason Chrysler only released one darkened image of the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit. Chrysler described the new look as having a “sinister face,” in a statement.
The Charger will get Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine. Ratings haven’t been released, but the engine makes 290 hp in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We also get our first official glimpse of the Charger’s slightly more sinister front end, which is similar to what we’ve seen in spy shots. Most significantly, the nose and headlights appear sharper and more pointed, though the Charger retains the basic look of the current car.
The police package gets special suspension tuning, heavy-duty brakes, front and rear stabilizer bars, steel wheels wrapped in 18-inch performance tires, and a two- mode electronic stability-control system unique to the pursuit package. The front and rear multilink suspension geometry was redesigned. The Hemi V8 is also available. Other cop exclusives include an interface module for equipment, patrol-spec seats, a column-mounted automatic transmission and red and white LED interior lighting for night vision.
The car launched in 2005 for the 2006 model year and has received only subtle changes since then, The police version is available for order in September.
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