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2013 Dodge Dart Debut

An Encouraging Sign of Things to Come


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What's New
The 2013 Dodge Dart is an all-new compact car, and is Dodge's latest attempt to enter a segment that commands around 21 percent of the market. Making its world debut in Detroit, the 2013 Dodge Dart offers three engine choices: A 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine; a 2.0-liter "Tigershark" engine; and a 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine. The Dart shares its underpinnings with the Europe-only Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a vehicle known for its handling, nimbleness, and safety. The Dart is made up of 68 percent high-strength steel to reduce weight, in turn boosting fuel economy.

Who's It For
The 2013 Dodge Dart is aimed square at the heart of the compact car audience. Overall the Dart is meant for customers looking for a smaller, sporty car with aggressive styling, but it can be argued Fiat needs it just as much. Rumors were recently confirmed that the Dodge Dart will get an unadjusted 40 mpg combined average, which was one of the conditions for Fiat to expand its ownership another five percent, to 58.5 percent. The 2013 Dodge Dart will go on sale in early 2012, with a starting price tag of $15,995.

Key Features
Dodge has taken its popular Charger sedan and shrunk it down in both the rear end styling and interior. The engine selection is substantially smaller than its larger Charger sibling but fuel economy should be significantly better. Other key features on the Dart include:

  • 7-inch Thin Film Technology display: Wedged in between the tachometer and fuel gauge, a reconfigurable display can show your speed in both an analog and digital layout.
  • Engine Selection: The Dart offers three different engine choices, these include a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine, a 2.0-liter Tigershark engine, and a 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine. All of these are expected to help Fiat in the chase to become the majority owner of Chrysler Group.
  • Safety features: More than 50 safety features have been stuffed into Dodge's latest compact vehicle. While Dodge hasn't come out with the exact details, we expected all the normal features like front and side airbags and traction and stability controls will be present.

What We think
Dodge has been keeping its latest compact entrant under tight wraps but as we get close to the official unveil we expect to see more of the Dart. While Dodge won't confirm until show time EPA numbers and a starting price tag, we expect the Dart to comparable to the top five compact vehicles in its segment. We also expect an interior that will match the trim selected by the customer. The Dodge Dart will come in your choice of an SE, SXT, and R/T trim, each a more refined interior than the one before it. One thing we know for sure; we are anxious to get some wheel time with Dodge's latest compact vehicle.

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