2013 Dodge Dart….What’s Not to Love?
The 2013 Dodge Dart, which made its official public debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, is more than just a small car, or an overdue replacement for the Caliber. It’s the first product to truly be developed from square one by both Fiat and Chrysler teams.
A New Platform With Italian Roots
The Dart is the first vehicle to ride upon the Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform, which in turn, is an evolution of the modular C-Evo platform that launched in 2010 with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Structurally, the two differ primarily by way of dimensions. As the platform name suggests, the Dart is about two inches wider than the Giulietta. The Dart’s wheelbase and overall length also trump the Alfa by three inches and a foot, respectively. As a result, the Dart is wider, longer, and taller than most competitive compact sedans presently on the market. The Dart’s wheelbase is about 2-3 inches greater than the competition and it out-girths the 2012 Ford Focus by two-tenths of an inch.
World Class Fuel Economy
The first numbers are out, and the 2013 Dodge Dart is already shaping up as world-class contender in fuel economy. Here are the recently announced EPA fuel economy ratings for several of Dart’s state-of-the-art powertrain combinations:
The all-new 2.0L Tigershark engine combined with the all-new six-speed manual transmission brings new levels of fuel efficiency and performance to Dart. Recently receiving an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg (miles per gallon) in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway and a combined rating of 29 mpg, the all-new Dodge Dart is capable of offering impressive savings at the pump. And with 160 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, unlike much of its competition, the all-new Dart delivers fuel efficiency without compromising performance.
For added performance and dramatic increase in torque, Dodge has taken fuel efficiency to a whole new level with Fiat’s award-winning 1.4-liter MulitAir Turbo Intercooled engine. With an EPA rating at 27 mpg City, 39 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission the all-new Dart provides the ultimate combination of power and fuel efficiency.
From a field of 40 vehicles in every price category, the editors of WardsAuto World selected the cabin of the 2013 Dodge Dart as one of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2012.
Only vehicles with new or redesigned interiors were eligible for the award. Other winners of the Ward’s interior honor for 2012 include the Audi A7, the Infiniti JX35, and the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series, placing the value-priced Dart in some very impressive company.
“The new 2013 Dodge Dart is the first of our next-generation interiors and we are honored that WardsAuto World has chosen the Dart for their 10 Best Interiors list,” said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are able to give Dart customers a well-crafted, high-quality interior similar in its execution to that of the award-winning interior of the Charger and infused with exciting colors, eye-catching ambient lighting, and state-of-the-art technology.”
All 10 winners will be officially honored May 17, 2012 at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Dearborn, Michigan.
Six-Speed Manual Transmission
A key to the 2013 Dart’s design mission is what Dodge engineers call “fun-to-drive dynamics.” For many drivers, shifting gears is an important part of the fun, and the Dart’s six-speed manual transmission is tailor-made for them.
Offered as standard equipment with all three available Dart engines, the six-speed manual transmission is a compact and lightweight state-of-the-art unit. Carrying the internal designation C635, the transmission has a rated capacity of 350 Newton-meters (258 lb-ft). The Dart’s gear ratios are optimized to maintain low engine rpm at highway speeds to minimize cabin noise and maximize fuel economy.
Another noteworthy feature is the Hill-start Assist system, which automatically engages when it senses that the vehicle is on a hill, in first gear, and both the clutch and brake pedals are depressed. The system’s controller then keeps the brakes on for about 1.5 seconds after the brake pedal is released to prevent the vehicle from rolling downhill, ensuring a smooth departure from a stop.
Production of the 2013 Dodge Dart is expected to begin at Chrysler’s factory in Belvedere, Illinois, in the second quarter of 2012. The 2013 Dodge Dart is the latest sign of Chrysler’s latest merger with FIAT, revealing Cutting-Edge, Powerful and High Performance Vehicles.
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