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Dodge News: Dodge Slims Down Dart Lineup

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William Maley    393

The Dodge Dart will be going away sometime in the near future and to prepare for this, Dodge has revamped the lineup to help dealers move them out. For the rest of the 2016 model year, the Dart will only be available in the SXT Sport, Dart Turbo, and Dart GT Sport.

  • SXT Sport: This is the new base model in the Dart lineup with a base price of $18,990 with destination. Power comes from a 2.0L Tigershark four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or automatic are available. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Dart Turbo: Positioned as the sporty version, this Dart comes with the 1.4L turbo-four with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, and six-speed manual. A sport appearance hood, dual exhaust tips, and the Rallye Appearance package are standard. Base price for the turbo starts at $20,490.
  • Dart GT Sport: Sitting as the top model in the Dart lineup, the GT Sport gets a 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. There is a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. It comes with a lot of equipment such as push-button start, digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch UConnect system, and backup camera.
“We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference. The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FCA's Passenger Car Brands in a statement.

 

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Suaviloquent    713

The Dart was one of those cars that had a huge reveal, a lot of buzz from the press and after that it just fell off a cliff.

 

I think it was actually quite good looking, but the gas mileage is horrible for a compact car, and while the 2.4 gives good power in its field, it's also powering a lot of car.

 

However pitiful as it is, this one vehicle alone probably outsells the entire Fiat brand by quite a bit.

 

Seems legit...

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dfelt    1,772

+1 as I totally agree with you Suav.

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