In the annals of automotive history the Dodge Dart is unfortunately not a huge standout. Sure it has a following, it’s just not an overly massive one. The Dart was first introduced way back in 1960 as a low priced compact for those who didn’t want to spend the extra dough for an intermediate size sedan. It was good looking, fun and over the years actually developed into a pretty respectable performer thanks to a choice of engines ranging from a slant-6 to a big-block 383 cu-inch V8. But alas, in 1976 the Dodge and it’s partner, the Plymouth Scamp were killed off never to be heard from again… or so we thought. It’s now 35 years later and Chrysler is about to reintroduce the Dart in the same way they did all those years ago, as a lower priced compact.
The new Dart will debut as a 2013 model and will replace the aging, quite horrible Dodge Caliber. The Dart will share a platform (although lengthened and widened) with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, an automobile that is actually quite attractive. Thus far we know that three engine options will be available all in four-cylinder form. A 16-valve 2-liter, 16-valve 1.4-liter Multi-Air Turbo and a larger 16-valve 2.4-liter Multi-Air. No word though if Chrysler’s SRT boys have gotten their hands on one yet.