/2012 NAIAS: Dodge Dart Gets Official

2012 NAIAS: Dodge Dart Gets Official

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Detroit Motor Show reveal of 2013 Dodge Dart puts an end to its leakage.

And now we also have the officials details of this Alfa Romeo Giulietta-based saloon. Now we know for sure that it gets a new 160 horsepower Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 160 horsepower 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine and a new 184 horsepower Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine.

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That means whatever engine you go for, you won’t be disappointed. Especially as the Dart also gets six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT) transmission, and Alfa’s DNA system.

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The exterior design might be slightly controversial, but Dodge has every reason to be proud of the interior. Not only it has a cool, sporty design, the fit and finish and the quality of the materials seem to be of the highest grade. OK, so the red ambient lighting might be a bit too much, but still. Dodge offers 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim combinations, seven wheel options for the Dart.

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The 2013 Dodge Dart will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T. Depending on those trims, you can have the Dart with 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) customizable gauge cluster display with light pipe surround, and the Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen Media Center.

In terms of safety, you can count on four-wheel, four-channel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution and traction control system on all models, and stuff like Brake Assist, Brake-lock differential,  Ready Alert Braking, Rainy Brake Support, Hydraulic boost compensation, Electronic stability control (four-channel active handling system ESC), Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, Trailer-sway Control, ParkView® rear backup camera and ParkSense rear park assist on the options list.

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2013 Dodge Dart at a glance:

  • World-class aerodynamics
  • Class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust
  • Class-exclusive “racetrack” LED taillamps
  • Class-exclusive choice of either Hyper Black or polished wheels
  • Class-exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect Touch Media Center with built-in radio, navigation, iPod control, climate controls, voice-activated blue tooth, SiriusXM Travel Link, weather updates and points of interest
  • Class-exclusive 7-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster display that is easily customizable to the driver’s taste. Choices include: digital and analog gauges, navigation turn-by-turn display, eco-meter, fuel economy, audio, phone, compass and temperature read outs
  • Class-exclusive floating island bezel
  • Class-exclusive heated steering wheel
  • Class-exclusive in-seat storage
  • Available 506-watt sound system
  • Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start
  • High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor
  • Unsurpassed 10 standard airbags
  • ParkView® rear backup camera
  • Blind-spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Best-in-class hip room and shoulder room
  • The most diverse lineup of gasoline powertrains in the segment – three new engines and three transmissions:
    • New Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates an estimated 160 horsepower with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
    • The technologically advanced Fiat 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo producing an estimated 160 horsepower and an impressive 184 lb.-ft. of torque mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed DDCT transmission
    • New powerful 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 four-cylinder engine that produces an estimated 184 horsepower with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission

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