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2013 Dodge Dart Revealed At 2012 Detroit Auto Show Debut

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After an early leak, the new 2013 Dodge Dart has finally been revealed to the public, with the stylish compact sedan debuting in front of audiences today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

The vehicle, despite its lower-end positioning, is a crucial model in the Fiat-Chrysler empire as the car’s fuel efficiency recently saw Fiat reach the final of three goals that have allowed the Italian auto giant to increase its stake in Chrysler without paying any cash.

That final goal was the production of a 40 mpg vehicle in the U.S., a fuel efficiency rating the Dart achieved on the combined cycle during preliminary testing, something no other compact or subcompact gasoline-powered car has done so to date.

To be clear, the car tested was a pre-production vehicle, and Chrysler didn’t specify if the test was the EPA’s combined cycle used to calculate window sticker fuel economy. It's possible that the test vehicle was equipped with a new ZF-built nine-speed transmission, which is yet to be formally announced by Chrysler.

Nevertheless, the drivetrains that have been announced already have much to offer, consisting of three different engine options as well as three different transmissions. The engines include a base 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a mid-level 1.4-liter turbo four with MultiAir technology that’s also rated at 160 horsepower, and finally a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower on tap.

These three engines, combined with three transmission choices--six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or six-speed dual dry clutch--enable the 2013 Dart to provide the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart

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Five different trim levels will be available, SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T, all of which will come packed with plenty of standard features and advanced technology.

Dodge says it's keeping the Dart lean by using advanced materials--sourced from the Alfa Romeo DNA in its design. Sixty-eight percent of the body structure is made of high-strength steel, which can be thinner and lighter than standard steel. All of this forms the Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide), which will form the basis of several other models to come from the Fiat-Chrysler empire.

The front of the 2013 Dodge Dart has been designed for smooth airflow around, while at the rear is a Charger-inspired full-width tail-lamp with 152 individual LEDs.

Inside, Dodge designers focused on creating a modern look, using elements such as ambient lighting, soft-touch materials and high-tech features. Some of these features include a 7-inch customizable gauge cluster display and an available Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touch-screen entertainment system.

Safety features include 10 standard airbags, available blind-spot and rear cross path monitoring systems, an available backup camera and parking assistant, as well as the usual electronic stability control, brake assist, and hill-start assist.

Production of the 2013 Dodge Dart will begin this summer at Chrysler’s plant in Belvidere, Illinois, with the first cars expected in showrooms this fall.

After you have ogled all the images, click here to see what else the 2012 Detroit Auto Show has to offer.
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  1. Looks good! Way better than the Chrysler 200. Hopefully the interior is nice, which has always been Chrysler's achilles heel.
     
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  2. Not one thing about this car says or even look like a dart !!
    Its just a new car. Name it something else !!!
    Bad taste............
     
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  3. to me it's another car an i dont like it i rather piss my money away on a smart car
     
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  4. I agree with ya mate, dude! x. If you wonna know who sent this to ya, incase I havenot got a photo of me here. It's Marsey and I use facebook.
     
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  5. We have now seen the 2012 "Car of the Year" for sure!
     
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  6. Love it!!
     
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  7. No two-door offered it seems. There was a furor from muscle car enthusiasts when the Dodge Charger was released as a four-door and it survived so perhaps this will do the same. True, this car can't join the ranks of the retro muscle cars that are so hot today, which makes me agree they should have picked another name...if they wanted to re-use a Mopar name they could have gone with Arrow instead.
     
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  8. Overall a good job but what you have ta realize here is the platform Dodge has plopped the Dart onto. It's on a modified Alfa Romeo Giulietta frame. Check out the chassis. This helps it achieve fame before it's even hit the streets in America. I'd take a look at a 6-speed manual version with the Fiat MultiAire 4-cyl. Turbo package pre-installed by Mopar in the factory. These will roll off of Chrysler's Belvidere, IL, assembly plant production line. This car is making history in many ways and will help restore some of greatness Chrysler has lost in the last several decades, basically it's been drowning in a sea of ineptitude auto-production-wise since about 1970, much like Ford and GM as a whole. Better things have sprung out lately.
     
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