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2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - car fanatics - 04-28-2012 01:36 AM
Photo credit: Chrysler
April 28, 2012
By: CF staff
The 2013 Dodge Dart redefines performance with Alfa Romeo DNA, fuel-efficient powertrains and Dodge’s passion for performance. The all-new Dodge Dart is a thoroughly modern vehicle that’s fuel-efficient, beautifully designed and crafted, agile and fun-to-drive.
Loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever functionality, the 2013 Dodge Dart sets a new standard in the compact car segment by offering unmatched personalization, roominess, style, functionality and fun-to-drive dynamics.
“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 Officer — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “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.”
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T (available 3rd quarter 2012) with a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $15,995. It will be built in the United States at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill. Production of the 2013 Dodge Dart will begin in the second quarter of 2012.
The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart boasts a timeless, stylish and distinctive exterior design. The car sports an athletic, sculpted, fluid and aesthetically agile appearance. The exterior design of the Dart conveys a level of visual drama and timeless surfaces that add excitement to the competitive compact sedan segment in the United States.
“The Dodge Dart was a dream to design,” said Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge Design — Chrysler Group LLC. “The Alfa Romeo-based architecture allowed us to design an exterior with great proportions that say ‘fun-to-drive’ when you look at it. Add in the Charger-inspired ‘racetrack’ taillamps, a new, sleek crosshair grille and piano black accents, and it all adds up to a performance-inspired design with just the right amount of attitude.”
The Fiat Group-based Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) architecture’s low, wide and long dimensions ensured a stable “body-in, wheels-out” stance and coupe-like silhouette. The CUS-wide platform allowed for accentuating the fender formations and pushing the wheels as far out to the corners as possible, creating a very stable look, which gave Dodge designers incredible opportunities for some very dramatic sculpturing. Designers visually stretched the skin of the car over the vehicle framework as if stretching nylon over a surface.
“When designing the all-new Dodge Dart, we were inspired by classic, beautifully designed vehicles throughout time,” Dehner added. “Each car was beautiful, based on its surface work and presence alone; they didn’t need unnecessary cladding, jewelry or lines that confuse the eye.”
Once the basic design was in place, with dynamic lines and curves from every angle, designers inserted a little Dodge attitude into the mix. 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 Dart a full-width mask that marks it as a Dodge.
The rear view of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart features an available Charger-inspired “racetrack” full-width taillamp with 152 indirect glow LEDs, and class-exclusive available dual exhausts mounted in the rear fascia.
The front of the 2013 Dodge Dart has been designed for smooth airflow around, above and below the car without compromising styling or engine cooling requirements. In addition, a lower radiator close-out panel is positioned below the front fascia. This not only contributes to the Dart’s lower front-end appearance, but also reduces drag while still allowing for an 8-inch curb clearance.
Dodge designers made attention to detail and precision craftsmanship a priority, and it is noticeable from every angle. Standard laser-braised roof welds, high-quality metal Daylight Opening (DLO) moldings painted piano black and standard projector headlamps are just a few examples of well-crafted features typically found on much more expensive classes of vehicles.
Tasteful, detailed accents add to the design of the Dodge Dart. Style lines on the hood lead the eye to the floating crosshair grille, while chrome accent spears below the projector headlamps and inboard of available projector fog lamps highlight the attention to detail.
The result is a compact sedan that blends exceptional proportions, “aero-dramatic” surfacing, world-class craftsmanship, modern technology, an exceptionally quiet cabin and an upscale feel in a package that is undeniably a Dodge.
Dodge designers focused on creating a modern blend of precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, exciting bursts of color and hand-sculpted shapes when designing the Dart’s interior, which is crafted with materials and technology typically found in more expensive vehicle segments. Starting with modern Dodge DNA and through the use of innovative ambient interior lighting, high-quality soft-touch materials and high-tech features, the 2013 Dodge Dart is loaded with cool amenities and unexpected delights for both drivers and passengers.
The Dart’s “driver-centric” layout is designed to put all controls within easy reach of the driver. Customizable displays and comfort-tuned seats are packaged in an exceptionally spacious, pleasing interior. Packaged in the footprint of a compact car, the 2013 Dodge Dart features the interior spaciousness of a mid-size sedan, and it boasts best-in-class hip and shoulder room.
“The all-new Dodge Dart is the showpiece for Dodge’s next generation philosophy of interior design,” said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design — Chrysler Group LLC. “The Dart interior takes the beautiful, precision-crafted interiors we rolled out last year and adds a little bit of fun with surprises of color, eye-catching ambient lighting and some really cool technology.”
Customization was key in the all-new Dodge Dart’s development, and with 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim combinations, six wheel options, three engine options and three transmissions, each Dodge Dart can be personalized by every buyer to fit their individual style. And the combinations are multiplied exponentially, as Mopar® also will offer more than 150 customization options and themed packages specifically developed for the Dart.
The high-tech centerpiece of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is the class-exclusive floating island bezel, which houses the segment-exclusive available 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LED customizable gauge cluster display with light pipe surround that also houses the available class-exclusive Uconnect® Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen Media Center – the largest touchscreen in its class.
Thoughtful storage options throughout fit today’s technology. The glove box easily conceals a stowed iPad; the center console features auxiliary jacks to plug in a wide variety of electronic devices, and thoughtful, inventive storage solutions, such as center console side pockets, are perfect for storing mobile phones, receipts, or pens and paper.
Lighting in all the right places provides drivers and passengers a warm, comfortable cockpit. Available “racetrack” lighting surrounds the floating island bezel. Ambient lighting for the door handles, map pockets, foot wells, glove box, storage bin and illuminated cup holders is both useful and provides a warm atmosphere inside the vehicle.
Three sophisticated, fuel-efficient and powerful engines
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful, state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines that add to Dart’s fun-to-drive quotient.
Drivers can select from a new 160 horsepower Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 160 horsepower 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir® Intercooled Turbo engine and a new 184 horsepower Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine (available 3rd quarter 2012). These three engines, combined with three transmission choices — six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT) transmission (available 3rd quarter 2012) — redefine performance by providing the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.
The 2.0-liter Tigershark engine mated to the six-speed manual transmission has an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon (mpg) City/36 mpg Highway/29 mpg Combined. The 1.4-liter MulitAir Turbo engine mated to the six-speed manual transmission has an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 mpg City/39 mpg Highway/29 mpg Combined. Dodge will also introduce a Dodge Dart "Aero" model (available 3rd quarter 2012) that will achieve at least 41 mpg on the highway.
MultiAir technology delivers optimum combustion at any speed under all driving conditions by allowing direct and dynamic control of air intake and combustion. The result is up to a 15 percent increase in low engine rpm torque and a 7.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
Engineered with passion
The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart was developed and engineered to exceed expectations for satisfaction, quality and reliability. From the world-class aerodynamic performance, to the agile, responsive driving experience, to items seemingly mundane like segment-leading heating and cooling performance that gives drivers and passengers the right temperatures in the right locations, and a whisper-quiet interior, Dodge engineers kept the customer top of mind while developing every detail of the Dart.
“The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart has been engineered with a passion that demonstrates Dodge is back in the compact car segment in a big way,” said Matt Liddane, Vehicle Line Executive — Chrysler Group LLC. “The Dart is well-crafted, agile, powered by world-class, fuel-efficient powertrains, loaded with high-tech features that are both clever and useful, and it’s fun to drive.”
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart Blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s Passion for Performance and Style - DougDrivesDodge - 04-28-2012 09:07 AM
nothing but raving reviews on everyone's first drives
Quote:This adds up to a standout compact. Even before the "big engine" model, there's a version that will satisfy people who like to drive. There's enough goodness in the more mainstream versions (read, "base engine, automatic transmission") to satisfy the drive-while-you're-on-the-phone crowd.MotorTrend
Quote:Everything we’ve learned about the Dodge Dart convinces us it’s sailing straight and true to a bull’s-eye landing.CARandDRIVER
Quote:In short, the Dart raises the bar for drivability – and it makes us entirely forget about is dour predecessor...Left Lane News
Quote:Back in the GameInsideLine
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart Blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s Passion for Performance and Style - DougDrivesDodge - 04-28-2012 09:15 AM
so it's basically on par or better than everything in the class at everything. sounds like a winner to me
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart Blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s Passion for Performance and Style - DougDrivesDodge - 04-28-2012 09:17 AM
Quote:Sitting in the mid-level $18,995 Rallye with fingers wrapped around the leather wheel, I thought of the Honda Civic and how this domestic was about to eat a good share of its pie. And that was before I actually drove it, and discovered it may devour the entire pie.
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RE: 2013 Dodge Dart Blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s Passion for Performance and Style - Chevroletguy - 04-28-2012 10:01 AM
Looks like the Dart will be in my radar in a couple years when its time for a new car.
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - car fanatics - 04-28-2012 11:16 AM
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - car fanatics - 04-28-2012 11:21 AM
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - McLovin - 04-28-2012 11:26 AM
A bit too much last-gen Focus happening in the front, especially the hood. They could basically swap them out and nobody would know.
Otherwise, nice car and about time.
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - DougDrivesDodge - 04-28-2012 11:28 AM
not even close Wings...
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - jspookss - 04-28-2012 11:46 AM
All these beautiful cars! Its about time we had good domestic compacts!
Almost makes me want to shed a chuck Norris tear
And wings.. the blind janitor strikes again!
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - nell_z - 04-28-2012 12:11 PM
The only Ford with an F in its name that looks anywhere remotely close to this is the Fusion. The Dart is 20 times the looker a Focus could even dream to be. And if you post a pic of the ST, I'll die laughing.
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - redsky - 04-28-2012 12:34 PM
Its OK, but I will wait for 2nd model year.
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - redsky - 04-28-2012 12:36 PM
you need some help.
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - 69gtsdart - 04-28-2012 01:09 PM
Yall stupid lol..
Yall stupid lol..
RE: 2013 Dodge Dart blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance and style - jspookss - 04-28-2012 01:59 PM
I thought teh multi air was supposed to give better FE?