Dodge is bringing back the classic Dart name in the form of a new Alfa Romeo-based compact car. The 2013 Dodge Dart “is the first Chrysler Group vehicle based upon a Fiat architecture – adapted from the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta,” Dodge says in a statement. The 2013 Dart will be unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
The 2013 Dart sedan will reportedly replace the Dodge Caliber and Jalopnik says it will likely be the first compact car from Dodge to truly compete in its segment since the Dodge Neon. “Chrysler's promoting heavily the Dart's Alfa-underpinning as a way of saying ‘we know we haven't built a good compact car in more than a decade,’” Jalopnik writes.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will get a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine or a 2.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder. Dodge says Dart buyers will have three transmissions to choose from, but didn’t say what they will be.
“The company promises Euro-style driving dynamics, with upscale four-wheel independent suspension, uncommon in the compact segment,” USA Today reports.
Dodge hasn’t released full specifications or pricing information yet, but we should get more information next month during the Dart’s Detroit Auto Show debut. The 2013 Dodge Dart is expected to go on sale early 2012.
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