Chrysler unveiled today (sort of) the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, company’s new compact sedan designed for the United States market. Set to make its world debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the new car is built on a world-class architecture and will offer three technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and powerful engines, including the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo.
Moreover, the new Dodge Dart marks company’s return in the re-entry into the compact sedan segment and promises to offer responsive steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and available 18-inch wheels. Furthermore, the first visual impact with the car tells us that this is a Dodge due to the tailored split-crosshair grille, projector headlamps and fog lamps and accentuated fenders.
The rear end of the Dart will offer full-width LED ‘racetrack’ tail lamps and class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust, inspired by the Dodge Charger. Regarding the engines, drivers will now be able to select from a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine, and a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir four cylinder engine.
These engines can be mated with three transmission choices. As expected, the new Dodge Dart will be manufactured in America at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill.
Dehner remarked that in designing the all-new Dodge Dart, designers took inspiration from classic, beautifully designed vehicles. He noted that each of these classic cars is beautiful just based from its surface work and presence. He added that these vehicles didn't require unneeded cladding, decorations or lines that might confuse the eye."
After coming up with the basic design – already laden with dynamic lines and curves -- designers injected some Dodge elements into the blend. These elements include the unmistakable Dodge split crosshair grille that boasts of a modern, sleek appearance seemingly floating in the front fascia. This design makes the all-new 2013 Dart easily recognizable as a Dodge.
On the rear end, the all-new Dart is marked by class-exclusive dual exhausts. The rear end could be specified with an available Charger-inspired "racetrack" full-width rear lamp employing 152 indirect glow LED units.
Meanwhile, Dodge designed front section of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart to ensure smooth airflow -- around, above and below the car -- without having to compromise styling or engine cooling. Just below the front fascia is a lower radiator close-out panel that doesn’t only make the lower front end more visually appealing, but also reduces aerodynamic drag and allows for an eight-inch curb clearance.
In designing the all-new 2013 Dart, Dodge designers focused on attention to detail and precision craftsmanship. In fact, the new Dodge boasts of well-crafted elements usually seen on more expensive vehicles. These elements include standard projector headlamps, standard laser-braised roof welds as well as high-quality metal Daylight Opening (DLO) moldings in piano black.
On the other hand, the all-new Dodge Dart features a number of detailed design accents like the style lines on the bonnet that draws attention to the floating crosshair grille. Likewise, the Dart sports chrome accent just below the projector headlamps and inboard of available projector fog lamps.
All of the elements essentially allow the 2013 Dart compact sedan to blend outstanding proportions, world-class craftsmanship, "aero-dramatic" surfacing, a quiet cabin and modern technology.