Chrysler's slow striptease of its pivotal new Dodge Dart sedan has apparently gone on longer than the Internet can stand, because the embargo has started to break, giving us these full-bleed images and video of the handsome new C-segment sedan.

Revealed here in aggressive R/T guise and Limited trim (the white model), the Dart appears attractive and well-balanced to our eyes, looking almost like the Dodge Neon never stopped being developed. That might sound like a slam to some readers, but the Neon was a quick and entertaining small car in its heyday, with buoyant looks and attitude to spare. At a glance, the Dart appears to capture some of that energy but add in heaping helpings of much-needed refinement.

Chrysler has already promised a range of powertrains for the Dart, including three different engines and a trio of transmissions (including an optional nine-speed automatic!). Power will come from the automaker's range of new Tigershark small-displacement engines, including a 2.0-liter, 16-valve four, a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo and a 2.4-liter MultiAir.

The Dart's underlying platform is expected to be a much-massaged version of the chassis underpinning the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, with 68 percent of its wider and longer architecture comprised of high-strength steel.

We'll know more when the silk comes off this Dodge at the Detroit Auto Show in just a couple of days. For now, check out our high-res gallery and see the B-roll video after the jump.

UPDATE: Dozens more photos added to our high-res gallery


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      F1
      • 2 Years Ago
      cant help but think this is chryco's middle finger to the naysayers a few years back hoping they would just die.
      DawgByte
      • 2 Years Ago
      As compacts go this is about the best looking one I've seen in years. Well done Dodge!!
      lexusallen
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a huge throw down for the already filled with talent C segment sedans. I already liked the Focus and had been hanging on for the ST version before pulling the trigger. It might not look as refined as the Cruze but the chassis and turbo engine sound worth the wait, until now. Gotta give Chryco credit for the very attractive new kid on the block. Love the strong character of the front end(especially on R/T) and glad they didn't dumb it down for the outlet mall folks. The detailing on the hood and headlamps are exquiste and a few pegs of refinement above it's class. While the side view is oh so so, at least there is no glaring offense and the nose down stance is effective at giving it static motion. The rear view is the grabber when you add up that arrestingly dynamic tailight assembly across the rear coupled with the dual exhaust and body detailing. I was hooked at the thought of those Charger style lamps on a tidy,less expensive package. Bravo Dodge for listening to the designers and not the bean counters. Which btw kudos again to the interior design which is good looking,functional, and even seems to use decent materials. That underseat storage is brillant,just pray it's comfortable too. Now of course, I can only hope the chassis guys were equally talented in giving it a nice stiff structure, not something the Chrysler guys are known for. I'm hoping the Itailan chassis wizards were allowed to spread some magic under this new baby or we'll wind up with another Elantra, lovely to look at but will let you down at the after prom. Looking forward to the first road dates of this strong looking entry. If this drives as well as it looks, this will be the strongest entry in this hotly contested class.Finally small cars in America worth our hard earned money. Bravo
      MR. SANDERS
      • 2 Years Ago
      good someone thought of redefining the NEON and it looks better--hopefully it lives up to the looks
      Emilio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watch out World, the BIG 3 are back!!!!! And Sexier then ever.
      Peter Burjanec
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is one hot ride. Wouldn't mind owning that as a grocery getter.
        Pat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter Burjanec
        I might be cheaper just to have your grocery delivered
          Pat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pat
          I forgot to put the smiley lol
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks really nice! Interior looks much better than what was in the sad excuse for a car, the Caliber. Hopefully they'll make an SRT4 with 260-ish hp to go against the ST, WRX, Golf R, and MS3.
      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me get this straight... It seems that the majority of people commenting cannot flat-out call the Dart ugly (for it isn't) ... so those that try to find fault with this vehicle, accuse it of being a look-alike? These same people wouldn't be satisfied if the Dart was styled to look like a UFO, for they would bash it for looking too much like a spaceship. However, I must agree; considering that this vehicle has doors, wheels, and a pair of headlights, the Dart looks too much like a car...
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4RR4Y
        What can I say? Haters are gonna hate!! God himself can come down from the heavens and say it is the hands-down best car in the segment and those folks would still find something to not like. But don't worry about those tools as most of them are just biased fanboys with an ax to grind and too much time on their hands.
      Ezmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's always refreshing when people feel it's important to tell us where a car got its styling elements from. Really, is there any car on the road that does not borrow from others or the past? Great car. I have a 2008 Mazda 3 right now and I'm giving it up for this as soon as I can.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty sharp, though I do find the headlights a little odd, and it doesn't look much like a Dodge, but that could be a good thing.
      avconsumer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. I kinda dig it. Can't really put my finger on why, but bravo. Seat storage is genius.
      John S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will there be a "Swinger" trim option?
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