Don't call it a Hornet. Dodge has released a slew of shadowy teasers for its new compact sedan, the 2013 Dodge Dart. The company is planning a slow reveal, with snippets of the four-door's exterior and interior trickling out between now and the vehicle's full unveil at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Specifics are still murky at the moment, though we do know Dodge will grace the 2013 Dart with a variety of engine options, including a turbocharged version of the 1.4-liter four-cylinder Multiair engine found in the Fiat 500. If the Fiat 500 Abarth is any indication, that means we're looking at somewhere around 160 horsepower.

The 2013 Dodge Dart makes use of the same bones as the beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulietta, though the chassis has been both stretched and widened to accommodate the wider britches of American buyers. Chrysler says that a full 68 percent of the vehicle's architecture is comprised of high-strength steel, which means the 2013 Dart should retain much of the rigidity that's made the Giulietta a favorite among buyers and critics alike in the EU.

We're plenty excited to get our hands on the 2013 Dodge Dart to see how it stacks up against the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra among other winners in the segment. Hit the jump for the full press release and then mosey on over to the car's official teaser site.
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Dodge Hits the Mark with the All-New 2013 Dodge Dart Compact Car

Dodge Dart Blends Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge's Passion for Performance Resulting in a Groundbreaking Car with the Ultimate Blend of Power, Fuel Economy, Handling and Style

The Dodge brand is back in the U.S. compact sedan segment – in a big way – as the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart will make its world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on Jan. 9, 2012
Built on a world-class architecture, Dodge Dart offers three technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and powerful engines including the 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo
Dodge delivers exceptional craftsmanship with class-leading technology and style

2013 DODGE DART
Dodge redefines performance in the compact car segment with an all-new, state-of-the-art four-door sedan delivering class-leading aerodynamics – the 2013 Dodge Dart.

With Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge's passion for performance at its core, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is a thoroughly modern vehicle that's fuel-efficient, beautifully designed and crafted, agile and brings fun back to driving in the segment.

Similar to the Dodge Dart of the late 1960's, the 2013 Dart offers a special blend of style, performance and innovation. The Dodge brand leveraged its nearly 100-year history of passion for building high-quality, innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and style, as well as from its partner Fiat's global compact car expertise, to develop the all-new Dodge Dart.

ALFA ROMEO DNA
The all-new Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle based upon a Fiat architecture – adapted from the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Giulietta is renowned for satisfying the most demanding customers in terms of road-holding, agility and safety, with exceptional driving dynamics. The Dart leverages all of these attributes within a lengthened and widened platform delivering segment-leading levels of interior roominess.

The all-new Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) architecture underpinning the Dart is a state-of-the-art architecture with an industry-leading 68 percent of the body composed of high-strength steel, resulting in a very strong and rigid structure. Combined with responsive steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and available 18-inch wheels, the Dart brings fun back to driving in the compact car segment.

UNMISTAKABLE STYLE
The all-new 2013 Dart marks the Dodge brand's re-entry into the compact sedan segment, hitting the bulls-eye with a modern, unmistakable Dodge design that builds upon its performance heritage while evoking emotion, efficiency and fluidity of movement.

Eye-catching exterior proportions are set off from every angle by dynamic lines and curves, along with advanced technology, to deliver class-leading aerodynamic performance. The personality-packed front view is instantly recognizable as an all-new Dodge with its tailored split-crosshair grille, projector headlamps and fog lamps and accentuated fenders. Signature Dodge full-width LED 'racetrack' tail lamps and class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust – both inspired by Dodge Charger – accentuate the athletic and muscular stance of this dynamic and passionate new design.

THREE SOPHISTICATED, FUEL-EFFICIENT & POWERFUL ENGINES
The 2013 Dodge Dart will be powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful, state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines that add to Dart's fun-to-drive quotient.

Drivers can select from a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine, and a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir four cylinder engine. These three engines, combined with three transmission choices, combine to redefine performance by providing the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.

MultiAir technology delivers optimum combustion at any speed under all driving conditions by allowing direct and dynamic control of air intake and combustion. The result is up to a 15 percent increase in low engine rpm torque, a 7.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 10 percent reduction in C02 emissions.

THE ALL-NEW DART – BUILT IN AMERICA
The all-new Dodge Dart will be made in America, at Chrysler Group's Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill. The Company is in the process of investing $600 million dollars to support the production of future products, including the 2013 Dodge Dart. The investment includes the construction of a 638,000 square-foot body shop, as well as the installation of new machinery, tooling and material handling equipment. Work on the expansion began in the summer of 2010 and will be completed this year.

The all-new Dodge Dart has been engineered with great levels of refinement, craftsmanship and engaging driving dynamics. Consumers can follow www.Dodge.com/Dart for additional photos and more information about the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart.


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      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Al Bundy's Dodge Dart went over a million miles, so this should be good!
        Dhunt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bob
        No brakes! NO BRAKES!!
        T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bob
        Al Bundy had a Duster. The writers were too dumb to know the difference.
          artandcolour2010
          • 3 Years Ago
          @T
          hah, you're right! I thought it was a Dart Sport, which replaced the Demon nameplate, but looking at photo today, it's a Duster front clip at least. (thought the small nameplate seems to say Dart). The Dart's front side marker was higher up on the body than the Plymouth's which is obvious in this photo: http://media.photobucket.com/image/Al%20Bundy%252527s%20Dodge/Pigs_fly_foto/buyadodgemarryaredhead.jpg
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to erasing memories of the mediocre Caliber. Would be nice to see it come in different body styles like a hatch and coupe.
      D57H
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the what the Caliber should have always been, and I for one love the grill! Keep them coming Sergio!!!
      Memphis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got my attention now!
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not use the Neon name since it's recent and capitalize on it. Seemed to work for the Ford Taurus. Ford has named the car the Ford 500 and then A Mullaly said "Why not use the Taurus name, we have invested so much money in that name, it would more cost effective" and viola, the Taurus is the rename of the 500. And I know someone will say that the Neon was lacking on many fronts, but the later years of the last-gen Taurus were lacking too. "Dart" is cool but "Neon" is more recognizable. That's all I'm really saying...
        Will
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Probably because the Taurus, while it wasn't that great before the redesign, was MT car of the year - 1986 I believe- and the Neon is generally regarded as a crap box and a reminder of so much that was wrong with Chrysler at the time.Yes, I know the Taurus wasn't awesome but it had a better reputation than the Neon. I think they want to distance themselves from that image as much as possible. The Dart name probably resonates in a more positive manner than Neon.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Will
          The 1994/95 Neon was Automobile Magazines Automobile of the Year for 1994 (AOTY). The re-designed Taurus hoped to be the Motor Trend Car of the Year (COTY) but lost out to the 1996 Dodge Caravan. Other Mopars from the 90's: 1995 - Chrysler Cirrus COTY 1999 - Chrysler 300m COTY 1993 - Dodge/Chrylser/Eagle Intrepid/Concord/Vision AOTY 1992 - Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD of the year 1994 - Dodge Ram Truck of the Year (TOTY) There may be others that I have forgot about.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good For you Chrysler. Better late than never.
      Muttons
      • 3 Years Ago
      The grille is nicely detailed but feels like too much in too little space. I love the rear tail lamp treatment though. Interested to see what they do for a hatch.
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Muttons
        Was thinking exactly the same thing re: tail lamps on hatch variant. Looking forward.
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great so far. Is there going to be a Swinger option too?
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      So... mini-charger. Got it.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope it's more than just a mini Charger, and I'm nervous that it is from the teasers. I really really hope that overall it's a unique look. This car can't just be good, it has to be mind blowingly good to overcome the death of the first gen Neon. It's been downhill ever since. I actually would love to find a first gen with a stick and the DOHC 420A - freaking awesome little car! The competition in this class is the best its ever been - I really hope the Dart is an incredible car, I really want to see a success here! Also, I wonder if the 3.6 would fit in there... ;)
      Felipe Politano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, so the teaser site says the Dart will carry three options of 4cylinder engines: we already knew about the 'new' 2.0 liter [which is probably just a tweaked version of the current engine, good for about 140-150hp], and the 1.4 turbo MultiAir [as seen on the 500 Abarth, delivering 150-160hp, and better mpg]... but the real [good] news here is the 2.4 liter previously known as the 'world engine', now with MultiAir technology... I'm guessing the revised engine will now be good for 180-190hp and better mpg as well, and will quickly spread throughout the entire Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler range. That new 2.4, matched to the company's new 8-speed, will turn 'good enough' products like the 200 into great - or at least above average - cars in very competitive markets.
        Emilio
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        This car wouldn't get an 8-speed. It's the 9-speed that would be fitted with this car. Hopefully that is an option, which I'm guessing is the tranny going into the 40+ mpg version.
          SoCal LXer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Emilio
          The c635 dct will be available in dual clutch/auto and manual versions, no 9 speed for this 1. Electric power steering too
          Suzq044
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Emilio
          Pretty sure the 9-spd is going to be a late-availability option..
          Archknight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Emilio
          @ SoCal LXer, Apparently, you didn't get the memo. Dodge has already canned the DCT transmission (6sp-TCT and 7sp-TCT-S) for use in US market, because they felt they weren't up to par.
        Archknight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        The Tigershark 2.4L will be the performance engine until the 2.4T arrives. With MultiAir and DI integrated into the standard 2.4L, it is suppose to produce over 200hp (most estimate that it'll come close to Fiat's 1.8T (235hp/250lb-ft in terms of power). IMO, I would expect it to slightly exceed the VW 2.0T numbers for the Jetta. As far as transmissions are concerned, a new 9 speed ZF, developed for FWD and AWD vehicles, is suppose to appear and will most likely be one of the alternates.
          Archknight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Archknight
          http://www.allpar.com/mopar/world-engine.html Allpar seems to have a 2.4T listed on a chart here that estimates the engine producing over 300hp. There's also a few variations of the other Fiat/Chrysler engines.
          Felipe Politano
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Archknight
          By the way, never heard any rumors of a 2.4 Turbo from Chrysler/Fiat... if it's all true, then we can hope for a 240-250hp turbocharged Dart SRT4. Not half bad! Still don't understand Chrysler's engine strategy, though... they could simply detune the 1.8 Turbo from Fiat/Alfa and make it a mainstream engine for everything from the Dart, Avenger and 200 to the Compass or Patriot. That 1.8 can produce anything from 170 to 240hp, so it wouldn't be hard fitting it to that many different needs.
          Suzq044
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Archknight
          2.4 Tigershark is going to be the R/T; the SRT is probably going to be a re-programmed (cpu tuning) 2.4Turbo Tigershark with serious suspension tweaking. JMG (just my guess)
          Felipe Politano
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Archknight
          Sorry, you guys got it right, it's the 9-speed I was talking about. I do believe that a hight output version of the 2.4L could produce around 200hp, but I find it highly unlikely that the non-turbocharged version will come close to 235hp. Anyway, a 200hp Dart R/T sound pretty good, and so does a 200hp base Chrysler 200... there could be a 4cylinder Journey with that engine as well, since the Fiat Freemont [itself a badge engineered Journey] carries the current 2.4L from the Chrysler 200.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great, glad to see the compact market is full of excellent choices
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