Chrysler To Bring The Dodge Dart Back In 2013

The NEW Fiat Powered Dodge Dart

The NEW Fiat Powered Dodge Dart

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.

More photos and details are available on Allpar.com’s new site dedicated to the new Dart at dart-mouth.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *