The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is here and it’s the first Chrysler model built on a Fiat platform, since it borrows its platform from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
The 2013 Dart features an all-new design that ditches the hatchback layout of the soon to be forgotten Dodge Caliber. “The Dodge Dart was a dream to design,” said Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge Design – Chrysler Group LLC. “The Alfa Romeo-based architecture allowed us to design an exterior with great proportions that say ‘fun-to-drive’ when you look at it. The overall design is definitely more visually appealing than the Caliber and its Charger-inspired ‘racetrack’ taillights are a nice touch.
Inside the Dart features the interior spaciousness of a mid-size sedan, and it boasts best-in-class hip and shoulder room. There are up to 14 interior color and trim combinations. The highlight of the Dart’s interior is the available 7-inch customizable gauge cluster display with light pipe surround that also houses the available class-exclusive Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen media center.
Under the hood the 2013 Dart buyers can choose between three four-cylinder engines: a 160 horsepower Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 160 horsepower 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine and a new 184 horsepower Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter engine. There are also transmission choices, a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or six-speed dual dry clutch transmission. A nine-speed automatic transmission is also in the works, which should be available sometime in 2013.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T. Production of the 2013 Dodge Dart will begin in the second quarter of 2012.