Dodge has finally stopped teasing us with bits and pieces of the all-new Dart as the American carmaker has finally revealed its latest contender in the compact-sedan segment.
"The all-new Dodge Dart is a groundbreaking car that will surprise and delight customers who want a no-compromise, fun-to-drive car that's a great value," said Reid Bigland, president and chief executive of the Dodge brand for the Chrysler Group. "With 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim options, three powerful, fuel-efficient engines, three transmission choices, unsurpassed safety features and world-class aerodynamics, the new Dodge Dart sets a new standard for the compact car class."
Although the Dart shares the same Fiat Compact Platform as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Chrysler 200 to give it a low, wide stance and a coupe-like silhouette, it's exterior is uniquely its own. The face of the Dart was styled with the unmistakable Dodge split crosshair grille but with a modern, sleek look that 'floats' in the front fascia, giving the car a full-width mask that marks it as a Dodge. Though a lower radiator close-out panel is positioned below the front fascia to give it a lower front-end appearance, it can still clear an eight-inch high curb.
As for its rear, the all-new Dart features an available Charger-inspired 'racetrack' full-width taillamp with 152 indirect glow LEDs and class-exclusive dual exhausts mounted in the rear fascia.
For its interior, the Dart's centerpiece is its class-exclusive floating island bezel which houses the segment-exclusive available seven-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) customizable gauge cluster display with light pipe surround that also houses the available class-exclusive Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen Media Center which is the largest touchscreen in its class. Available 'racetrack' lighting surrounds the floating island bezel while ambient lighting for the door handles, map pockets, foot wells, glove box, storage bin and illuminated cup holders give the Dart's interior a warm atmosphere.
As we previously reported, the all-new Dart is available with either a new 160hp Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 160hp 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine and a new 184hp Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 mill. These three engines, combined with one of three transmission choices--a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT) transmission--redefine performance by providing the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T. It will be built at the Chrysler Group's assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois with production beginning in the second quarter of 2012.