Digging deep into its past, back to the year 1960, in fact, Chrysler Group has resurrected the name of the Dodge Dart as its moniker for the new 2013 compact sedan that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 9, 2012. The cars was an automobile built by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1960 to 1976 in North America. Though the Dart endured for 16 years to 1976 in the U.S., its heyday was the first three years of production when it sold more than 622,000 units.
The Dodge Dart 2013 revives a name used by the automaker for a small car in the 1960s and 1970s and applies it to the first Fiat-based vehicle that Chrysler has introduced since it hooked up with the Italian automaker.Old name aside, the new Dodge Dart will reside atop a Fiat platform, adapted from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, but lengthened and widened for segment-leading interior roominess. The Dodge Dart 2013 replaces the Dodge Caliber.
The two teaser of Dodge Dart pictures just released give glimpses of the front and rear of the car that the company hopes brings Dodge back to the compact segment “in a big way.” The Dodge features an aggressive wedge-shaped profile and modern take on Dodge’s signature crosshair grille, and represents a dramatic departure from the Caliber hatchback it is set to replace.
The front and rear of the Dodge Dart 2013 shows design influences from two other larger Dodge sedans, the Avenger (front) and the Charger-inspired racetrack full-width LED tail lamps. The Dodge Dart also sports dual exhausts, a class exclusive. Designers spent a lot of time crafting the Dodge Dart interior, with a special emphasis on the driver-centric layout that puts all the controls within easy reach. Customizable displays, comfortable seats and a spacious interior are other highlights of the Dodge Dart.
Customers have a choice of three four-cylinder engines and three transmissions in the front-wheel drive Dodge Dart 2013. Engines include the 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder (standard in SE, SXT, Rallye and Limited), a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter intercooled turbo four (optional in SE, SXT, Rallye and Limited), and a new 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder standard in the Dodge Dart R/T. Performance seekers can look for the Dodge Dart GT. The Dodge Dart transmissions include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT). All three Dodge Dart engines will be assembled in the U.S.
Competitors Dodge Dart
Competition for the Dodge Dart 2013 will likely include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic on the compact side, and possibly the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit on the subcompact side. That’s because the Dodge Dart is somewhat smaller (some six to 10 inches) than its compact competition, meaning the new sedan is between a compact and a subcompact in size; the intriguing aspect is how that smaller size will translate to segment-leading interior roominess.
Other known Dodge Dart details include racetrack tail lamps and integrated dual exhaust (a class exclusive, according to Chrysler), inspired by the Dodge Charger, and available 18-inch wheels. The Dodge Dart 2013 will be built at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant. Meanwhile, the Dodge Dart for sale in spring 2012.
2013 Dodge Dart Revealed
Image Gallery "Dodge Dart is Resurrected", Total 9 Pics
Here's part 9 pics within the gallery of Dodge Dart is Resurrected. Be certain to not overleap anything on the whole stories of Dodge Dart is Resurrected, by viewing the all of these 9 pics at beneath.