By Patrick Rall
News that the Dodge Dart GT might not arrive until the 2014 model year disappointed some prospective buyers last month but in order to make sure that buyers have a shot at a 2013 Dart GT, Chrysler has decided to extend the 2013 production run. Now that production has been extended, Dodge brand President and CEO Reid Bigland expects that the Dart GT will hit dealerships in the next 60-90 days.
The model year changeover for the Chrysler Group plants in the US typically takes place in July but with the effort to include the Dart GT in the 2013 model year run, the Belvidere plant where the Dart is built will continue making 2013 model year sedans until at least August. This also means that there will be more 2013 models on dealership lots later than normal – meaning that hopeful Dart buyers (or all trimlines… not just GT packages) could score a deal on an “old” model later this year.
In addition to announcing the extended production run of the 2013 Dodge Dart, Bigland told the Detroit Free Press that in the future, more trimlines than just the GT will also be available with the 2.4L Tigershark engine that is currently only slated to be offered with the Dart GT. We expect that the 2.4L engine will serve as a late availability option for at least the Dart Limited if not also the SXT. This engine will deliver more power than the turbocharged 1.4L option but it will also fail to meet the impressive 40mpg fuel economy figures of the compact Fiat engine.
Source: Detroit Free Press