As predicted by Autocar last month, the Chrysler Group will use the Geneva motor show to test industry and public reaction to the idea of a small, two-seater Dodge roadster. It will be called the Dodge Demon and driven via its rear wheels, and you can get your first look at it in our gallery.
US motor industry sources revealed that Dodge would show a small rear-driven roadster at Geneva at the Detroit show in January. They suggested it would be pitched as a very close match for the Mazda MX-5, and also be a clear relation of the Dodge Razor coupe, which was shown at Detroit in 2002. They've turned out to be absolutely right on both counts.
The Demon concept is 3974mm long, 1736mm wide, and rides on a 2429mm wheelbase – all measurements close enough to those of the Mazda MX-5 for the Japanese roadster to be considered a blueprint. However, there will be no confusing the brand that fathered this little open-top when the covers come off it next month; it wears Dodge's unmistakable crosshair grille, and elsewhere has many unique design features intended to carve out a distinctive overall impression. Among them are a plunging beltline, muscular-looking rear haunches, polished 19in alloy wheels nestling in eye-catching asymmetrical wheel arches, and recessed LED tail lamps.