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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 North American Auto Show in Detroit.
Dodge Charger
What is it? The redesigned 2011 Dodge Charger has received an evolutionary update that gives it a lower, more aggressive profile, accented by side body coves and a heritage-inspired rear treatment.

Inside, the cockpit is notably updated with a new dash design that is fitted with the corporate-look instrument panel previewed on other models. Beyond appearance, attention has been paid to sound damping, by isolating powertrain, road, and wind noise. The quieter cabin lends the car a more refined feel.

That character carries over with powertrain and suspension. The base engine will be the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that is promulgating across the Chrysler Group portfolio. It marks a significant improvement in power, manners, and sound quality over the retired 3.5-liter V6. A Hemi V8 remains the step-up choice, likewise with more power for 2011. Official figures have not been released.

The Charger will again be offered in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Based on a brief drive, the revised suspension improves the ride and helps the car to feel more mature.

For 2011, Charger struts with a variety of standard and optional technologies, such as keyless entry and push-button start, Garmin navigation system, rainy-day safety mode, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, cross-path detection, and rearview camera.

When will it be available? End of 2010.

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