When the Chrysler Group first dropped the details on the 2013 Dodge Dart, the company announced that it would be available with revised versions of the 2.0 and 2.4 liter World Engines; now sporting the catchy new name Tigershark. The 2.4L engine will benefit from Fiat’s MultiAir technology for improved fuel economy and more power but those who want the best fuel economy possible will likely look to the 1.4L turbocharged engine recently introduced in the Fiat 500 Abarth. Click here for more on the 2013 Dodge Dart and images of the new Dart R/T.
Along with the three engines available at launch, the press release stated that each of the three engines available in the 2013 Dodge Dart would come with three engine options. We first surmised that those three options would be a dual clutch automatic transmission, a traditional automatic transmission and a proper manual transmission but since that initial report, more information has become available on the Dart gearboxes. There will be a Fiat-built 6-speed dual clutch automatic feeding the front wheels when the 2013 Dodge Dart is launched but shortly after the initial introduction of the new C Segment sedan, Dodge will begin offering an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission built by ZF. The ZF 9-speed automatic transmission will be built in South Carolina and management at ZF claim that this new 9-speed transmission will improve fuel economy by 10 to 16% compared to the 6-speed dual clutch unit.
Marchionne has stated that the 2013 Dodge Dart will receive its official 40+ mpg rating by the end of this month. If the initial Dart models will not offer the 9-speed automatic transmission, it is unclear whether that 40mpg claim will include the 6-speed dual clutch, the new 9-speed ZF unit, or the third (that we presume and hope is a proper manual transmission) but in any case – should the Dart be rated at 40mpg, it will be the first vehicle offered by Chrysler to reach that plateau. Part of the agreement between Fiat SpA and the US Government when Fiat stepped in was that the Italian automaker would receive 5% of ownership once the Chrysler Group offered a vehicle that reached 40mpg with Fiat technology…and this could be that vehicle.
Fiat currently holds 53.5% of the Chrysler Group so once the 2013 Dodge Dart receives the 40mpg rating, Fiat’s stake in the smallest of the American automaker will jump to 58.5%. The other 41.5% is owned by the retiree fund for the United Auto Workers union.
The 2013 Dodge Dart is the first of what is expected to be at least eight new Chrysler Group vehicles using the new CUSW (compact US wide) platform with the next in line likely being the replacement for the Jeep Liberty. The Dart will be built at Chrysler’s Belvidere Assembly Plant alongside a few Jeep models, some of which will share the CUSW platform with the sporty new compact sedan.
The 2012 Dodge Dart will make its formal debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and TorqueNews will be there to bring you the Dart and other major debuts from the Motor City!
Other Chrysler Group News:
Chrysler offers first official info and teaser images of the 2013 Dodge Dart
Chrysler leads the US industry in sales growth in November 2011
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket shines in LA
The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives at the 2011 LA Auto Show with 160hp
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR drops at SEMA 2011
Source: Automotive News