Production of the 2013 Dodge Dart has begun in Belvidere, Illinois, and the first example off the line was a red Rallye model. It was equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine, a six-speed manual transmission, a backup camera, and sunroof.
The 2013 Dodge Dart was introduced at the Detroit auto show this year, and reaches dealerships in June. Pricing starts at $16,790 (including a $795 destination charge) for the Dart SE, although getting into the Rallye trim level requires $19,790. Standard equipment for the Dodge Rallye includes air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, as well as unique front and rear fascias, dual exhaust tips, black headlight surrounds, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
There are a few other derivatives of the 2013 Dodge Dart on the way. In China, the car will be slightly restyled and sold as the Fiat Viaggio. Later this year, we can expect to see a special Dart Aero model that will return as much as 41 mpg on the highway.
The Dart’s factory in Belvidere also builds the Jeep Compass and Patriot. The plant won’t follow the traditional two-week summer shutdown schedule this year in so as to help vehicle production meet consumer demand.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the new Dodge sedan is in high demand this summer: when we drove the 2013 Dart last week, we found it a pleasing entrant in its segment, with attractive styling and a solid driving experience. On top of that, the Dart offers best-in-class interior room and standard horsepower ratings. Compared to the Dodge compacts that precede it (namely the Caliber and Neon), the 2013 Dart is a revelation.
For more on our first take on the 2013 Dodge Dart, click here to read our First Drive review.