A poll on twitter about the diesel-powered high-performance Chrysler product was initiated by chief Chrysler designer and boss of the new SRT performance brand. Ralph Gilles asked his 4,000 followers: “How many out there would roll in a Diesel SRT? Which type? Thx.” Consumers haven’t been very quick in embracing the diesel-powered passenger cars but the many followers of Gilles gave their ideas, ranging from quite a practical Ram diesel, to Dart diesel (which is less-likely) to the diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee (the most probable).
Chrysler has already declared that it will offer a non-SRT diesel-powered Grand Cherokee for the 2014 model year. Gilles, in one tweet, said that he is “fascinated” with diesel. He said, “Torque can be addictive to canyon carver to commuter a well designed Diesel can be a weapon in real world driving plus astonishing mileage!”
Gilles hinted that a diesel-SRT model would be almost a sure thing within the decade. However, there may be other models being considered as Gilles commented that he would also want to create a street version of Travis Pastrana’s Global Rally Cross Dodge Dart race car.
For the 2013 model year, the new Dodge Dart is given a stylish yet characteristic exterior design. It is now more fluid and more athletic, indicating the Dart’s new agile performance. The compact sedan segment in the United States has always been competitive, and the new looks of the Dodge Dart brings a new sense of visual drama and timelessness.
Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge Design at Chrysler Group LLC, remarked that the new Dodge Dart was a dream to design since it is underpinned by an Alfa Romeo-based architecture – the Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform. This platform allowed Dodge designers to pen an exterior with proportions conveying its 'fun-to-drive' character. Dehner quipped that the new Dart features performance-inspired design with the right amount of attitude, thanks to details like its Charger-inspired 'racetrack' taillamps, its new crosshair grille and its piano black accents.
The CUS-wide architecture comes with long, wide and low dimensions, thereby making sure that the new Dodge Dart could have a coupe-like silhouette as well as a stable "body-in, wheels-out" stance. It also allowed designers to accentuate the fender formations as well as push its wheels out to the corners for a more stable appearance. In addition, this platform allowed designers to visually stretch the Dart’s skin over the framework.
Dehner added that designers took inspiration from classic beautiful vehicles in styling the new Dodge Dart. He noted that the beauty of each of these vehicles was based on their surface work and presence, sans any unneeded decorations or lines.