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2011-12-09 10:53

SLOW TEASE: One of two teaser images reveals the Dart sedan's rear-end treatment.

Dodge’s iconic Dart nameplate will make a reappearance in 2013 with a little help from its Italian parent company - Fiat.

The all-new Dart will have its world debut at the January 2012 Detroit auto show bearing, Chrysler says, the same “special blend of style, performance and innovation" seen on the 1960's original.

The Dart is the first product from Chrysler to be based on a Fiat platform - in this case borrowed from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. For the Dart, however, the platform has been widened and lengthened to give the car a greater footprint in a market where the preference is for bigger vehicles.

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Present, too, is Dodge’s signature styling with its crosshairs grille, projector headlights and fog lights, while at the rear diode “racetrack” lights and a double exhaust system were inspired by the Dodge Charger.

The Dart will be assembled with a range of 1.4-MultiAir turbo engines sourced from Fiat. Other engines will include a new Tigershark quad-valve two-litre engine, a quad-valve 1.4 MultiAir with an intercooled turbo and a new Tigershark quad-valve, four-cylinder, 2.4  MultiAir engine.

Their will be three transmission choices, though Dodge declined to elaborate.

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