Saturday, January 07, 2012

2013 Dodge Dart R/T






Here it is. The first official pictures of the very first Fiat based car from Chrysler.
It does look fine, but I must say, I have never been a fan of the "sporty" R/T versions of Dodge cars.
They mostly end up looking like cheezier versions of the regular model.
Especially inside with all that cheap looking red plastic trim everywhere.

I would like to see other versions of the car. Although the more luxury oriented seems to come with chrome wheels.
The interior seems just fine, but not better than most of the current competition.
And they still have to convince most people to "buy a Dodge"...

Engine choices are revised versions of the old 2.0 and 2.4 Liter engines. As well as the much more interesting 1.4 Liter Turbo from the 500 Abarth with over 160hp.

18 comments:

Dan said...

Holy crud! Chrysler may have a vehicle to compete with the Cruze and the Focus. Go Detroit!

Joe said...

I hate when people say a car looks like another but I'm gonna be guilty of it here and say that the side REALLY reminds me of the last Elantra

moore said...

I can see a mishmash of other designs here. The LED lights in the rear do nothing but cheapen the appeal of the Charger now. The interior looks very plasticy.

Anonymous said...

looks like Elantra AND Buicks Verano. not good!

Anonymous said...

They should have left it a hatchback.....I can't imagine how narrow the trunk opening is going to be...

tore13 said...

I don't know what to say. I'm a little let down

Mobis21 said...

Vince, I agree that with the exception of the exterior, that interior looks very cheezy = cheap, cheap, cheap.

The interior looks like a case of too much penny pinching affliction.

Anonymous said...

So both Ford and Chrysler are going for the same open mouth grill opening now?

Anonymous said...

yay for modern neon

Omar said...

To me Dodge has a long road to recovery cars like the Caliber and Avenger have destroyed the Dodge. Its almost hard to buy a Dart knowing that terrible cars like the Avenger share the badge. However this is at least appears to be a major step in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

I actually like it quite a bit, but in profile, it just doesn't look as modern as most of its competition. Like Joe said, it looks a little tall and narrow, and not unlike the previous Elantra (sans the wavy fender ribs). My only hope is that it is a hatchback, which would trump the others. I still think it will outsell the Caliber 3 to 1.

Soul Brother No. 7 said...

Joe beat me to it. The side profile IS a slight blend of the current and previous Elantras to my eyes. But those weren't a horrible look.

And if the SRT4's cult following is any indication, bring one of those to the table, and America will have no issue buying a Dodge at all.

Anonymous said...

Here in Mexico, Dodge is selling a rebadged Hyundai (the Accent, I think) as a Dodge car, here it is called ¨Attitude¨ and, to be honest, the ¨New¨ Dart has nothing new to show us!, one could say they´re twinky cars....

Anonymous said...

I hope they do away with cheapo red trims or accents in the interior.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Neon!

Patrick said...

I kind of disappointed. The teaser pictures looked very aggressive but the end result is a not that exciting. Especially the side and rear.

Anonymous said...

I think it would have made a better new Civic--some of the lines just look like the Civic.

ACarDesigner said...

Really don't understand why they need the 2.0 and 2.4 engines. I have the 1.4 Multiair turbo in the Alfa-Romeo Giulietta and it's an astounding engine. 170bhp, 250Nm torque, and never less than 30mpg no matter how hard you push it - regular cruising and 40mpg is not a problem. I don't see what the larger engines will do better.