New Dodge compact car coming to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 15, 2011

At the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January next year, Dodge’s new 2013 compact car will be introduced. There’s plenty of excitement since this is the very first all-new car designed that the combined Chrysler and Fiat Company have designed. There’s actually very little is known about this car. There have been neither leaks nor official statements about the car. But it’s speculated that it may be named the Dodge Hornet.

It’s also believed that this new compact will be the replacement for the aging Caliber hatchback. This suggests that the car will be going up against formidable rivals like Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra. The Dodge compact is built on a modified C-Evo chassis shared with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Its powerplants are also shared with Fiat.

The Dodge compact will be slightly wider than the European version so that it could accommodate the safety equipment required for U.S. vehicles. Other dimensions will be identical though.

Its 171-inch length is a reason for concern since this makes it much shorter than its rivals. In comparison, the Chevrolet Cruze has a length of 181 inches. Hence, Dodge’s new small car is sized between compact and subcompact. This means that for it to do well, its cabin space should be smartly packaged.

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