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Chrysler Introduces AWD Police Charger for 2014

June 13, 2013  | 

Photo by Paul Clinton.
Photo by Paul Clinton.
Chrysler will introduce an all-wheel-drive version of its Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol car for model-year 2014 that will compete with Ford's all-wheel Police Interceptor vehicles.

Law enforcement agencies can now choose from five different powertrains when purchasing Dodge Chargers from Chrysler. The automaker has submitted the all-wheel Charger to the Michigan State Police for its annual police vehicle testing in September, the agency has confirmed.

The Michigan State Police, which issues its troopers Chargers, will likely incorporate the vehicle into its own fleet, Sgt. Ron Gromak told Police Magazine.

"That all-wheel-drive platform is something we're really interested it," Gromak said. "We would have the maneuverability to reach inclement areas without a truck platform or SUV."

The state police's Precision Driving Unit will test five versions of the Charger in September, including two versions of the 3.6-liter, V-6 Charger (with axle ratios of 2.65 and 3.07) and three versions of the 5.7-liter, V-8 powered Charger. The rear-wheel V-8 Charger will be offered in the two axle ratios, while the all-wheel model will arrive with a 3.06 axle ratio.

The move gives Chrysler an all-wheel patrol car to compete with Ford's Police Interceptor Utility and sedan, which are offered in all-wheel versions. The turbo-charged Ford P.I. sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter all-wheel configuration. The sedan is also offered with a front-wheel powertrain.

By Paul Clinton

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Tags: Dodge Charger, Patrol Cars, Michigan State Police


Comments (11)

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Capt. Crunch @ 6/13/2013 10:17 PM

Just use the v-8.

Tom C. @ 6/14/2013 7:07 AM

I've heard rumors of problems with brakes on the Charger, even the newest ones, but I haven't heard these concerns first hand. Has anyone had such problems with the latest version of the police Charger? This new AWD option moves the police Charger right up there with the PI Utility as the top choices for use in the snowbelt.

Chief P @ 6/14/2013 8:57 AM

@ Tom C.,

We have seen very good success with the Ford PI sedan with the AWD Ecoboost option package in city and rural areas. The last years snow storm put about 3' on the ground which left some city departments (large departments) on their heels.

There were deputies pushing snow with the bumpers of the sedans and were able to keep going anywhere they needed to go. Also the report is now they have fantastic MPG as well even under hard use.

vincenzino @ 6/14/2013 10:50 AM

BEAUTIFUL!!! No more fishtailin'!!!

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/15/2013 5:27 AM

I have no recent information on current Dodge vehicles but their past vehcles are notorious for fading breaks. Heat them up like you would in a pursuit and they will fail. As long as I do not have to drive one, you are welcome to try it out. It's not a car brand I trust my life with. The best brakes come on any Chevy's and the next best are on Ford Crown Vic's. Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler are cars to become a state crash stastics in. Have fun!

trp snuffy @ 6/16/2013 2:10 PM

The chargers do have brake issues. The rotors heat up and become warped, so when u brake, the car shakes. Its annoying and our dept mechanics are trying to figure out how to correct this issue.

Ofc. Pyatt @ 6/16/2013 4:34 PM

Larger brake rotors or cross drilled rotors are needed on the Charger to address brake problems. Other than that, they are great cars!

Adding AWD will greatly improve the capability of this platform.....adding a turbo to the V6 would be another smart idea!

jfc0632 @ 6/17/2013 5:41 AM

We have two 2012 Chargers in our fleet. Brake problems after 17K-20K miles. The AWD might be good in snow, our two are rendered useless when we get 1 inch of snow, rear wheel drive.

Curtis Redgap (ALLPAR.com @ 7/23/2013 7:46 PM

Quote - Direct from Chrysler Fleet Operations as of 7-23-2013. (ALLPAR.COM) "thank you for your note. At the present time, we know of no issues concerning Dodge Charger (2014-Enforcer) brakes. In model year 2013 we added a new compound to further enhance the brakes performance. For model year 2014 further enhancements were made to answer the segments competitive nature."

All you Ford and GM sales people on here need to explain which department you are with and when did you contact Dodge Fleet to explain your issues. Ima Leprechaun, your remarks are patently false, vicious lies with no place in a real discussion about the true nature of a police vehicle. In ALL of the Michigan State Police tests, as well as the LA Sheriff tests, along with MAJOR fleets operating the Charger, NO SUCH deficiency exists. Chrysler Corporation vehicles took over the police fleet market in 1968 and remained a mainstay up through the discontinuation of RWD "M" bodies in 1989. The Ford Panther platform, by DEFAULT, as one of the only RWD vehicles available, then gained sales. Until the final day of production, Ford never engineered the answer out of the CVPI........"COOKING VARIOUS POLICE INDIVIDUALS", nor did they do anything to address the "drive line whip" that prevented speeds above 119 miles an hour. In the testing done by ALERT, which is the EVOC drivers EVOC training university, the Chevrolet PPV showed some remarkable qualities. Enough to earn it the title of "meter maid special." Assign it to the paper server section. As well, if equipped with the proper rear axle, I doubt one inch of snow makes Chargers useless, when many, many departments use them yearly in the deep North areas of the country without complaints.

Stormin @ 7/24/2013 8:10 AM

My current patrol car is a 2013 ford interceptor. I was able to get 40,000 miles out of the front brakes with no warping issues and with an evoc school use at the end. The rear brakes pads have not been replaced yet. The new larger vented rotors on this car are a great improvement over the crown Vic breaks that used to warp at 13000 miles.

RJ @ 8/24/2013 8:53 AM

I've been driving a new model Charger pursuit every 2 years with my agency since they first came out. I have driven them all until 120,000 miles, and have had no issues with brakes. The stock tires are useless in the snow and rain. Its not the cars fault, its the tires. We immediately swap out the stock tires for Goodyear Ultragrip tires and use them year round in the snowbelt right next to the Canadian border. I have had no issues in snow. I read an article in 2012 about Chrysler working on and testing an all wheel drive version for release in 2014. The all wheel drive will be a bonus!

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