2012 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart goes on sale this summer with a choice of three engines, three transmissions and a host of cool features.
- The new Dart adapts DNA from corporate parent Fiat and sibling Alfa Romeo.
- Chrysler started with the Alfa Giulietta platform, then lengthened and widened it for the Dart.
DETROIT — Adapting DNA from corporate parent Fiat and sibling Alfa Romeo, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart goes on sale this summer with a choice of three engines, three transmissions and a host of cool features.
Built in Illinois, the front-wheel-drive Dart is based on a lengthened and widened version of the platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which corporate parent Fiat now refers to as its CUSW (for Compact U.S. Wide) architecture.
Four-cylinder engine choices include a 160-horsepower Tigershark 2.0-liter, a 160-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter Multiair and a 184-hp Tigershark 2.4-liter. Six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and six-speed dual dry-clutch (DDCT) transmissions are available.
The 2013 Dart will be offered in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T. The exterior features standard projector-style headlamps, with optional projector foglamps and LED taillamps, plus a choice of seven wheel designs.
Chrysler also has focused considerable attention on the Dart's interior, which is said to have the roominess of a midsize sedan and comes with 10 standard airbags, dual-zone climate control and keyless push-button start.
The 2013 Dart will offer buyers a rich assortment of upgrades, among them customizable displays, a Uconnect touchscreen media center, a 506-watt sound system, ambient interior lighting and more than 150 Mopar packages and options.
Technology upgrades include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, a ParkView rear back-up camera and ParkSense rear park assist.
Edmunds.com says: Fiat hasn't released details, but at least one powertrain team on the 2013 Dart will provide EPA highway fuel economy of 40 mpg.