This blogger thinks yes, it can. Riding on the Alfa Romeo Guiletta platform, the new front-drive Dart will offer three kinda-redundant engine choices; a naturally aspirated base “TigerShark” 2.0 liter engine producing 160 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque (more than any other current compact car if I am not mistaken.) Next up is a 2.4 liter four-banger making 184 horsepower and 171 ft-lbs of torque. Finally, there is a 1.4 liter MutliAir turbo engine making 160 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque. With all the engines within less than 30 horsepower and 40 ft-lbs of torque with each other, well, you see what I mean when I say redundant.
However, the Dart will also offer three transmission choices; a standard automatic, a six-speed manual, and a six-speed dual clutch automatic that will deliver over 40 MPG on the CAFE standard, and somewhere in the mid-30’s on the EPA rating. But don’t let the numbers fool you; this is a big compact car, with as much interior room as many midsize cars. The price? $15,995, possibly the most-attractive part of the whole package.
I wasn’t able to corner any executives to talk alternative fuel or hybrid options, but know this; Fiat is currently developing a CNG MutliAir engine for use in Europe. It’s not hard to imagine this engine making its way over to America in the not-too-distant future. And if Dodge decides to offer a CNG, turbocharged Dart down the road…well, it will make my car buying decision much much easier.
Sound off on your thoughts the new Dodge Dart; yay or nay? Like, Dislike, or HATE?