2013 Dodge Dart: 40 MPG, 9-Speed Automatic, Built in Belvidere
As you’ll already know by now, the Dart will arrive next year, sporting a three-piece engine range comprising of 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter World Gas engines in addition to the 1.4-liter turbocharged and intercooled unit from the Abarth 500.
If we were betting men, we’d say the 2.0-liter will have 158 horsepower, while the 2.4-liter should have 175 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque. As for the Abarth engine, that’s a bit of a mystery, since it might be more balanced than the horsepower-biased.
Automotive News now comes with further information on the matter, straight from the mouth of CEO Sergio Marchionne. When the new compact sedan was revealed, he said it will bring Fiat Group the last 5% ownership in the American company, since it will be certified at 40 mpg by the end of the month.
We really don’t know which engine or transmission combination is responsible for the milage figures. The 2.0-liter should be capable of around 34 mpg highway, while the bigger 2.4-liter does 31 mpg in the Chrysler 200. It could be the case that the little Fiat 1.4L will be detuned back to 130 horsepower though we have no information of this at the moment.
The Dart will also have Fiat Group’s current 6-speed dual-clutch transmission to play with, but a brand new 9-speed ZF transmission will improve milage by about 10% when it arrives in 2013.
Dodge Darts will be manufactured at the Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois, where the Dodge Caliber (production stopped in November), Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot are all put together.
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