Alfa Romeo Giulietta Underpins 2013 Dodge Dart


The union of FIAT Group Automobiles and Chrysler Group continues to bear more fruit, this time in the shape of the new Dodge Dart.

Following on from the FIAT 500 and the FIAT Doblò (which will be re-branded as a RAM vehicle), the Dodge Dart is the third model to go on sale in North America underpinned by a European platform.

In this case, the Dart borrows its sophisticated architecture from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, albeit specially lengthened and widened for the U.S. market – a configuration to be known as the CUSW (Compact U.S. Wide) platform.

The Dodge Dart will also use a variant of the Alfa Giulietta’s 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine but, unlike the European hatchback, the Dart will be a four-door saloon, greatly broadening its appeal to American buyers.

The design will also be completely unique with Dodge’s distinctive “crosshair” grille, projector headlamps and budging wheel arches. The rear design will also adopt Dodge’s new full-width LED ‘racetrack’ tail lamp clusters and signature twin exhausts.

Three new “Tigershark” four-cylinder engines will power the new Dodge Dart; a new 2.0-litre unit, a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo unit and a new 2.4-litre MultiAir unit, while manual, automatic and CVT transmissions are offered, depending on engine choice.

The Dodge Dart will be built in America at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois following a recent $600 million revamp of the facility.

The production version of the Dodge Dart, which revives a classic Dodge nameplate from the 1960’s, will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show on January 9th and will go on sale in early 2012. There are no plans to offer the Dodge Dart for sale in Europe.