In an industry once dominated by Crown Victorias, Dodge (FIATY.PK) has made quite a name for itself: Its Charger is among the more popular choices for police departments nationwide as a roadways cruiser. With the new 2015 model, Dodge has upgraded its vehicle for the men and women in blue with the Charger Pursuit.
The Pursuit will be available with the same 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 power plants that are found in the civilian versions of the car, which carry over from the current 2014 generation. They produce 292 horsepower and 370 horsepower, respectively, and 260 and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are capable of returning a combined rating of 26 miles per gallon, in the V8′s case, assisted by a four-cylinder run mode when not chasing down baddies.
Inside, there’s a new 7-inch multi-view instrument gauge cluster, which offers “more than 100 intuitive ways to customize how information is presented,” the company said. Every Charger Pursuit includes the hands-free Uconnect Phone as standard, which is new for 2015. But what really separates the Pursuit from the civilian Charger are the extra goodies for dedicated police work.
This includes an emergency equipment electrical system wire harness, a power distribution center for running the additional equipment, a slide-out trunk tray, a trunk air-circulation fan (for keeping the electrical equipment at a healthy temperature), and, of course, a 100-watt siren speaker driver for obvious reasons. Departments can also spring for a police floor console, a spare-tire relocation bracket, ballistic door panels for driver and passenger doors, and steel seat back inserts for driver and passenger seats. Dodge is teaming up with MOPAR to arrange customization options straight from the factory.
Dodge actually used the feedback of a panel of 22 members of the law enforcement community that it consulted throughout the design and build process of the Pursuit. As a result, the new car now has better braking ability thanks to larger rotors and new brake cooling ducts, while also improving the durability of the rear-drive model’s front suspension.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, though the V8 models can be rigged with all-wheel drive, an advisable addition for those who live in climates susceptible to less-than-ideal weather conditions.
“Dodge has a strong police car heritage, and we are proud to offer a vehicle armed with modern muscle and cutting-edge technology to help law enforcement agencies perform their duties,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge and SRT brands and fleet operations, in the company’s press release.
We can’t help but notice that the 2015′s distinct daytime running lights — the ovular LED frame around the headlamps — will be especially easy to pick out in a crowd.