Ahead of the official debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show, the Fiat-Chrysler Group has unveiled the first images and information on the 2013 Dodge Dart, a compact model expected to replace the Caliber.
Based on the C-Evo platform of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Dart will be focused on distinctive areas such as customization, infotainment technologies and safety equipment.
Offering the spaciousness of a mid-sized sedan, the C-segment compact model will be available with a choice of 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim combinations, six wheel options, as well as with a range of three engines and three transmissions.
Additionally, hundreds of customization options and themed packages specifically developed for the Dart will be provided through the Mopar program.
Among the distinctive design elements are the “racetrack” light pipes that surround both the “floating island bezel” formed by the instrument cluster and the center panel, which houses a second display – a 8.4-inch touchscreen used to display various information and to control the multimedia center.
A number of storage options were designed for today’s technology: the glove box easily conceals a stowed iPad; the center console features auxiliary jacks to plug in a wide variety of electronic devices, and the console map pockets can be used to store mobile phones.
With regards to safety, the 2013 Dart will offer an extensive equipment – with 10 standard airbags, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection – and will feature a rigid structure constructed with 68 percent high-strength steel.