By Patrick Rall
Chrysler announced earlier this week that production of the
2013 Dodge Dart sedans headed to dealerships around the world have officially
begun – with the first units expected to arrive in showrooms next month.
The first production model was a 2013 Dodge Dart Rallye,
sporting the Redline Red Pearl Coat exterior and Black with Ruby Red interior. This first production Dart was also optioned
with the 1.4L MultiAir turbo engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission – a combination
that is good for 160 horsepower, 184lb-ft of torque, 27 miles per gallon around
town and 39 miles per gallon on the open road.
This initial production Dart Rallye was also upfitted with the rear view
camera system and the power sunroof option.
Like all new Dart sedans equipped with the Rallye package, this first
Dart wears the unique, aggressive body kit with a special front fascia, a black
grille surround, a set of black headlights, integrated dual exhaust and 17″
When the 2013 Dodge Dart arrives in showrooms starting in
June, the hot new C segment sedan will be available in SE (base), SXT, Rallye
and Limited trims. All of these
trimlines come with the standard 2.0L Tigershark engine with 160hp and 148lb-ft
of torque mated to a manual or automatic transmission but starting with the Dart
SXT – buyers can opt for the more powerful and more efficient turbo 1.4L
For those who want more performance and more luxury, the
2013 Dodge Dart R/T will arrive in the third quarter of 2012 with the 2.4L
Tigershark engine packing 184 horsepower and 171lb-ft of torque – along with
just about every feature offered across the range of Dart trimlines. There will also be an Aero model that is
promising more than 41mpg but details on that model are limited to just the
fuel economy for the time being.