2013 Dodge Charger adds AWD Sport model

Chrysler claims the segment's most-advanced all-wheel-drive system

Published: December 21, 2012, 4:00 PM

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport

As winter makes its first big appearance across Canada, Chrysler's Dodge division is launching a new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport model to help drivers with a sporty bent combat the accompanying inclement driving conditions.

The Charger's new AWD Sport package offers a choice of two engines and what the company says is the segment's most advanced all-wheel-drive system, along with "blacked out" exterior accents and, a first for the Charger AWD, paddle-shifters with "sport mode."

Other features include a unique grille and grille surround, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, all-season performance tires, rear body-colour spoiler and sport seats in black cloth or red heated Nappa leather, depending on the model.

In addition, the package includes Beats Audio technology with a 12-channel amplifier that integrates the the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm to creatie the high-definition sound required in professional recording studios.

The Sport model's base powerplant is Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – now with 300 horsepower, thanks to the addition of a new sport-tuned dual exhaust system and cold-air induction system.

Drivers who want more performance can opt for a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 370 horsepower, 395 lb-ft of torque and four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology.

The combination of an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system, a segment exclusive, is said to improve real-world fuel economy.

The system automatically transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, it automatically disconnects the front axle to minimize fuel consumption.

The Sport package is available on the Dodge Charger SXT and SXT Plus AWD, and can also be configured from Charger R/T and R/T Plus models.

Dodge Dealers are taking orders now and vehicles will be built at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario, assembly plant from December through February.