First pics of the Dodge Dart from Detroit; full details coming later this afternoon
7 January 2012

The first official pictures of the Dodge Dart compact four-door saloon, which is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta architecture, have leaked out.

The car, which is a critical launch in the US as its average fuel economy was a key part of Fiat's deal to buy more shares in Chrysler, is due to be unveiled at Monday's Detroit motor show, when full technical details will also be revealed.

The Giulietta’s Compact Wide architecture has been lengthened and widened to underpin the Dart and has been renamed to Compact US Wide. The Dart will be built in America at Chrysler’s Belvidere plant – the subject of a $600 million investment - next year as a 2013 model year car.

See official images of the Dodge Dart, plus show pics

The Dart will be the smallest, most fuel-efficient model in Dodge’s range when it is launched. Power will come from the choice of three four-cylinder petrol engine options: a Fiat-supplied turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiAir and two new 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre ‘Tigershark’ units, the latter of which gets Fiat’s MultiAir technology.

The new Dart has been inspired by Dodge’s car of the same name from the 1960s, which was also a smaller entry-level model for the brand. Dodge claims the 2013 car “blends Alfa Romeo DNA with Dodge’s passion for performance”.

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7 January 2012

I think that despite the modification from Compact Wide to Compact Wide US the interior will still be small for US market. And I don't love the looks.

At constant freeway speed the turbocharged 1.4 will surely prove to be economical compared to the common 2.0 and 2.4 engines.

7 January 2012

2.4-litre ‘Tigershark’ units? Intriguing. In lieu of a 360 or 440, might be quite a good engine.

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7 January 2012

I think it's a very nice looking car. I'd be happy to drive one

7 January 2012

I guess based on the teaser shot a a few back back, I'm a bit disappointed. I was hoping it would look leaner, meaner, more dynamic and, well, "darty" than it's turned out to be the case. It's not bad, but looks a bit dumpy, especially in the profile . It'd be interesting to see the price levels.

7 January 2012

[quote superstevie]I think it's a very nice looking car. I'd be happy to drive one[/quote] It looks like a new improved Volvo S60, but with an American style grille (the only duff bit). Open the door and...more nasty cheap American plastic. When will Stateside manufacturers realise why Japs and Europeans are having so much success? I doubt they ever will.

7 January 2012

Like the Look and really like the interior. Much more interesting than what is usually available in this price point.

I hope we see it in Europe, although Im not sure at the moment....

WIll be interested to see how the Engines perform.

7 January 2012

[quote Mr£4worth]Open the door and...more nasty cheap American plastic[/quote]

Which bits are these? Odd that you can make such a comment when you certainly can't have sampled it and the images don't portray that at all. I suppose some peoples narrow mindedness can never be changed.

[quote Mr£4worth]When will Stateside manufacturers realise why Japs and Europeans are having so much success[/quote]

Isn't Chrysler Owned By European Fiat....

And judging by market share improvement gains, Chrysler is one of the Most Successful manufacturers in North America at the moment.

Seriously, don't the haters ever get tired of pedalling the same hate over and over..... Every Chrysler vehicle that has been through Chryslers new Interior design studio has been highly praised for interior quality. I am pretty sure, at the Price point, you wont get much better than what the new Dart offers....

7 January 2012

Looks like a Chinese MG to me.... shame.

7 January 2012

Detroit motor show 2012:

Like the built-in commode - come in handy on the M25, maybe

7 January 2012

[quote fhp11]

[quote Mr£4worth]Open the door and...more nasty cheap American plastic[/quote]

Which bits are these? Odd that you can make such a comment when you certainly can't have sampled it and the images don't portray that at all. I suppose some peoples narrow mindedness can never be changed.

[quote Mr£4worth]When will Stateside manufacturers realise why Japs and Europeans are having so much success[/quote]

Isn't Chrysler Owned By European Fiat....

And judging by market share improvement gains, Chrysler is one of the Most Successful manufacturers in North America at the moment.

Seriously, don't the haters ever get tired of pedalling the same hate over and over..... Every Chrysler vehicle that has been through Chryslers new Interior design studio has been highly praised for interior quality. I am pretty sure, at the Price point, you wont get much better than what the new Dart offers....

[/quote] I stand by my comments, and maybe you missed the fact I thought it looks quite attractive - better than the Alfa for sure. The interior looks comical to me, and I'm sure many will agree.

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