To protect owners against car theft, Dodge introduces three new security measures. They are Enhanced Security Mode, Key Programming Lockdown, and Intrusion Module.
The Enhanced Security Mode software replaces the standard Valet Mode. After the owner enters a four-digit code in the radio head unit, the engine’s output is limited to 2.8 hp – this makes it impossible for thieves to take off with the vehicle.
This feature will be officially available from tomorrow, August 16, by a simple dealer re-flash, free to owners of the 2021 Dodge Charger and Challenger. This is reversible in case the owner wishes to return Valet Mode back.
The Key Programming Lockdown function locks the in-car portion of the key system. It prevents thieves from creating a new key fob and allows owners to keep all normal functions.
This feature has a downside. If you’ve performed the lockdown, you will no longer be able to have a new key made without purchasing a new module that costs $159. So, if you lose your keys, you will have to buy new ones and a new module before reprogramming the key.
Key Programming Lockdown is installed via a re-flash on the Challengers or Chargers. In addition, the owners can opt for making up to two keys with a discount. The function will be also available for the Dodge Durango owners at a later time.
Dodge launches Key Programming Lockdown by January 2022 and targets October 2021 for the initial rollout – first for the 2020-2021 MY vehicles. Then the company will release the software update every 6 weeks to support an additional model year. This will continue back to the 2015 model year.
The Intrusion Module software is offered for the 2022 Dodge Challenger and 2022 Dodge Charger with the 392 and SRT Hellcat HEMI engines and in the V6 and 5.7L-powered models. This system activates the alarm after it detects that a thief breaks a window and moves inside the car, or tries to tow the car away. It also incorporates an inclination sensor. You can deactivate the Intrusion Module via the radio head unit.
Alternatively, Mopar currently offers the Electronic Vehicle Tracking System for all modern Dodge vehicles.