Three all-new engines power the new Dart including a 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder that makes 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. An optional Fiat engine is a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo, also rated at 160 hp, with a healthy 184 lb-ft of torque. A 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder puts out 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. A turbo 2.4 SRT4 version should launch by next year. Both the 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter engine will be offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The turbocharged 1.4-liter is joined to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual.
With a four-wheel independent suspension, the 2013 Dodge Dart should offer the same quick reactions and sure-footed handling as its Italian relative, with the good body control and heavy-effort steering that you expect from a sport sedan. Insiders say the Dart will eventually get Chrysler's 9-speed automatic for even further fuel savings, but it might be a year or two away. The 2013 Dodge Dart's suspension uses MacPherson struts in front and a two-link in the rear. Although it shares parts with the Alfa, Chrysler execs say the Dart's ride was softened for more universal appeal.
Gone are the old round headlights, long hood and signature boxy shapes of the '60s and '70s. Instead, the 2013 Dodge Dart sports a fluid silhouette, sculpted front end and cues such as LED tail lamps reminiscent of more expensive sport compact cars. It also sports a muscular look with a split-crosshair grille, Charger-like taillamps, rear dual exhaust and optional 18-inch wheels.
Standard safety features include 10 standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, stability control and hill-start assist. Optional equipment includes a backup camera, blind spotmonitoring, and rear cross-path detection system, which alerts the driver if a car or person is crossing behind them. In addition, a downloadable smartphone app will allow drivers to unlock doors, remote start the car, receive maintenance updates, find their car in a parking lot, or install parental controls in case a leadfoot teenager (or friend) borrows the car for the night.
At launch the Dart will be available in five trims: the base SE, SXT, Ralley, Limited and RT. Standard on all trims is a reconfigurable digital instrument panel. Other features either standard or optional depending on trim level include Bluetooth, power accessories, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The 2013 Dodge Dart will surely be a head turner and it will also appeal to people due to its soft and comfortable ride, its power, its interior and exterior features and its fuel efficiency. If you need a new car, stop in and take a look at the 2013 Dodge Dart. Click here for more information on the 2013 Dodge Dart.
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