2013 Dodge Dart to compete in compact sedan segment


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Dodge is about to enter the compact sedan segment with its new 2013 Dodge Dart. The company has just released a few teaser photos of this new compact sedan. So how compact is it?

We can not size up the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan from these teaser photos, but we do expect it to be somewhere near the size of the Chevrolet Cruze or Honda Civic, after all, this is where all these vehicles are classified as.

As for power, the new 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan will use the same turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder Multiair engine found on the Fiat 500, which we can expect it to produce about 160 horsepower. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine should be sufficient to compete in the fuel economy rating category with other vehicles in this segment. We know that the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic both can nearly achieve the 40 mpg mark.

The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart marks the returning of Dodge back into the compact sedan segment, but since it has been away for so long, will the new Dodge Dart able to compete with all the well established players? Not if the 2013 Dodge Dart can show it has great styling, be more fuel efficiency, and with a starting price tag that is lowered than the Hyundai Elantra. It’s a tough market to follow.

Anyhow, we will know more about the 2013 Dodge Dart as Dodge releases more details.

Update: 12/13/2011

Dodge has just released a few more interior photos of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan. The Dart will be available with a seven-inch color TFT display to allow the driver to switch between different display modes for information. And as we can see in the pictures above, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart will be available with Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system, displayed on a 8.4-inch touchscreen. Just like many modern cars, the Dodge Dart will come with a host of electronic connectivity, including auxiliary input, Bluetooh, iPad and iPhone docking.

For the powertrain, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart  compact sedan will be offered in three engine choices and three transmissions, along with a host of safety equipment such as blind spot and cross-path detection systems to avoid collisions.