Chrysler revealed today ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show the new Dodge Dart GT, a model that features a sport-tuned suspension, distinctive styling and integrated dual exhaust. Still, this is not all as the new 2013 Dodge Dart comes with premium standard features such as perforated heated Nappa Leather seats, 8.4-inch touchscreen and 7-inch TFT for an outstanding value.
The 2013 Dodge Dart is the latest addition in the Dart lineup and for those who don’t know, this includes the Dart SE, SXT, Rallye, Aero and Limited models. The 2013 Dodge Dart will have a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of only $20,995 (excluding destination). Under the hood we will find the 2.4-liter Tigershark Multiair2 four-cylinder engine delivering 184 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque.
This engine is bolted to six-speed manual transmission but as an option it can be fitted with a six-speed PowerTech automatic AutoStick. Other highlights of the 2013 Dodge Dart are the 18-inch aluminum wheels, unique performance front fascia with black accents and Hyper Black grille, black projector headlamp bezels, body-color door handles, racetrack LED taillamps, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start (with automatic transmission), universal garage door opener and GT badge.
Additional standard equipment includes projector fog lamps, power heated mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps, remote keyless entry, front center console with fore and aft sliding armrest.
As expected, the new Dodge Dart is available with a 12 exterior colors (at no extra charge), including Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Citrus Peel, Laguna Blue, Pitch Black, Tungsten, Bright Silver, Bright White, True Blue, Maximum Steel and Winter Chill.
Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge Design at Chrysler Group LLC, remarked that the new Dodge Dart was a dream to design, thanks to the Fiat Group-based Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) architecture. Based on the platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo, this architecture allowed designers to give the new Dart great proportions that convey its 'fun-to-drive' character. Dehner added that the new Dart features a performance-inspired design with the right amount of attitude, thanks to details like a new, sleek crosshair grille, piano black accents and Charger-inspired 'racetrack' tail lights.
The low, wide and long dimensions of the CUS-wide platform allowed the new Dart to don a coupe-like silhouette with a stable "body-in, wheels-out" stance. This platform allowed designers to push the wheels of the Dart as far out to the corners as possible and to accentuate its fender formations – all resulting to a stable appearance with a skin stretched over the vehicle framework.
Dehner quipped that designers took inspirations from classic vehicles while designing the new Dart. He recalled that these classics cars are already beautiful just based on its surface work and presence, without having to wear unnecessary cladding, jewelry or lines.