We know it's coming, we just don't know when. During the long-winded marathon set of product announcements and long-term strategies laid out by Fiat and Chrysler head Sergio Marchionne, it was revealed that both Chrysler and Dodge would get new compact vehicles to replace the no-longer-in-production PT Cruiser and unloved Caliber hatchback.

Both machines were scheduled for release mid-year 2012, and, assuming things are still on track, you can be sure the Detroit-based automaker plans to make a splash with the unveiling of its new compact warriors. After all, both the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze have been extremely well received by both the press and new car shoppers, and Dodge has nothing that can directly compete.

That said, there's no bigger place to make a big splash for an American automaker than the Detroit Auto Show. Wowing the home-town crowds and receiving international coverage from the media would be a major boon for Chrysler, so it comes as little surprise to read reports that Dodge is eying the Detroit show floor in January of 2012 for a hopeful debut of its 2013 Dodge Caliber replacement.

According to Wards Auto, only the Dodge small car is confirmed for debut in Detroit; we don't know what that means for a would-be PT Cruiser replacement (Chrysler 100 anyone?). In any case, expect the next-gen compact (which may or may not keep the Caliber moniker) to be based on the Fiat C-Evo platform with slightly larger dimensions for the U.S. market.

We don't yet know what it will look like, but if you're thinking Alfa Romeo Giulietta with a Dodge-appropriate fascia and styling cues, we bet you're probably not far off.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dodge's "design language" is very different from Alfa Romeo. Dodge is boxy and masculine. Alfa Romeo is curvy and feminine. So I doubt the Dodge version will share any body panels or look anything like the Giulietta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dodge needs this to compete with Ford and GM. Chrysler needs this model to compete with other luxury makes as well. A 4 door sedan with front and all wheel drive would be nice and a luxurious interior and European handlng as well.
      Ron Barker
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dodge sent out an Autoweek advertising magazine thingy to Dodge owners this week and it had a small blurb about this car. Apparently they're thinking of calling it the Dart, and will be a sedan (probably not a hatch like in the drawing)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet it doesn't get the Tigershark, I bet it does get the made in Detroit 1.4L Mulitair with a turbo which is already good for 170 hp and over 40 mpg in the Alfa Guilietta. This is the 40 mpg car that was one of the promises Marchionne made to the US Government. I really hope they do a Dart retro thing with it like the Charger or the Challenger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are probably right, my mistake. The 1.4L Turbo should make it, but hopefully the base engine isn't the 1.4L N/A. That would make this car beyond anemic.
      Nicolas Rudloff
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never really understood why the Caliber replaced the Neon, they seemed like two cars from totally different segments.. Let's hope they bring something interesting now, like a reloaded Neon ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current Caliber has to be bar none one of the worst compact cars produced today. They set the bar so low anything they produce will be better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you driven one? Or simply parroting other people's opinions? I disagree. I've rented a Caliber twice, and found it to be perfectly fine (though one of them had a CVT which was a little strange). It's long in the tooth now, but I thought it was nicer inside and out than the last-gen Focus that it competed with. Interior materials were as nice as a Civic. It also compared favorably to the Nissan Rogue that I rented for a week. It had plenty of room inside, and the hatch gave it tons of luggage room, which was very convenient when I was on a week-long vacation with my wife and small child and his car seat and full-size stroller and 2 pieces of luggage. The style seems to be polarizing. And it seems to me that people who don't like the styling just assume that it is an awful car. I found the car to be perfectly pleasant. I'm not crazy about the styling, but it doesn't really bother me either. If you were shopping for a car and had the budget of a compact car, but desired more space or versatility, the Caliber would be a fine choice.
          • 4 Years Ago
          umm the interior of the Caliber was hard ass plastic.. so how is it the materials is as nice as the Civic? and the rental i had was an R/T model.. dont get me wrong it WASNT a bad car but they coulda did a lil better with that model.. that is all
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it ends up looking like a Giulietta I wont be upset.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It won't. Dodge will have a distinctive theme. Alfa Romeo is on it's way back to our shores, including the Giulietta.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        But the Caliber was only introduced five... Oh. I see what you did.
      Bryan Lund
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car could only wish to look as nice as my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. Or hold up in the long run like my '08 Lancer GTS. The fact that it has Alfa Romeo Giulietta underpinnings is a mark in its favor, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope it gets more than 27 mpg for the automatic equipped volume seller. A Hyundai SanteFe gets 29 mpg highway with an automatic and is safer while holding more. The Caliber and it's Mitsu Lancer cousin (EVO excluded) are pathetic in just about every ascertainable way. The Lancer wasn't even competitive at launch in any aspect other than perhaps style.
      Bryan Lund
      • 4 Years Ago
      But they do need a really competitive compact, Dodge does, that is. Agreed, leave Chrysler to the midsize and 300. And may they do them up right. But this compact size segment needs this entry really bad from Dodge. I am more than interested in this car and can't wait for it to come out. I will take a test drive, I live about a 1/2 mile from the world's best selling Dodge dealer, Dave Smith Motors of Kellogg, ID. Internet-driven, Dave Smith just continues to grow and grow. Will this car imply start-stop technology? 1.4L Fiat MultiAire is the way to go to reach that 40mpg mark. Bring this pup on! This sketch looks great. Don't name it Caliber or I won't buy one, Dodge, No kidding!! I will back the maker of my current car completely...but I will stray if the right car comes along, and the fact that this one has Alfa Romeo Giulietta underpinnings makes this car all the more attractive to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope Fiat won't screw up their first shot.
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