New Fiat-based compact 4-door sedan to be unveiled in Detroit.
Chrysler will revive the Dodge Dart nameplate, last seen in 1976, when it unveils a new, Fiat-based 4-door compact sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
The 2013 model-year vehicle will be based on Chrysler’s Compact U.S. Wide platform, a wider version of the chassis that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, among other vehicles.
The new Dart will get a 4-wheel independent suspension and a rigid, lightweight unibody, 68 percent of which will be made from high-strength steel. The compact sedan will come with three 4-cylinder engine options: One will use Fiat’s MultiAir variable valve technology to boost fuel economy; one will carry the Tigershark badge, a next-generation version of Chrysler’s 4-cylinder engine family out of Dundee, Mich, and the third will combine the Tigershark badge with the MultiAir technology.
The engine options are:
Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter.
16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo.
Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir 4-cylinder.
Coupled with the choice of three transmissions – Chrysler has yet to specify what these will be – the manufacturer says the new Dart will offer “the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.”
The 2013, expected on sale early next year, is aimed to give Dodge a contender in the highly competitive compact sedan segment that has seen a raft of new models in the past year and replaces the aging Caliber.
The company promises Euro-style driving dynamics, with upscale four-wheel independent suspension, uncommon in the compact segment.
The Dart will be built at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.