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Dart SRT: turbo, AWD, 2017

by David Zatz on

An SRT version of the Dodge Dart finally showed up on Chrysler’s product plans, with an anticipated build date of December 2016. Assuming there are no delays, that would put it firmly into the 2017 model year.

Dodge graphics show the Dart has having front wheel drive only, with standard and turbocharged engines, while the Dart SRT would be all wheel drive with a high-output turbocharged engine. Given that the 184 hp, 2.4 liter engine seems likely to stay where it is for a few years, it appears that the standard Dart will have a choice between that and a 220 hp or so 2.0 liter turbocharged Chrysler four-cylinder, possibly hooked up to a nine-speed automatic which will make the most of their power yet deliver strong highway mileage. The Dart SRT, while likely to use the same transmission (possibly with an optional six-speed manual), will use a “high output” turbo engine — either the same 2.0 but internally beefed up and retuned to 260-280 horsepower, or a turbocharged 2.4 building on the 280-horse Caliber SRT4 motor.

The next-generation Dodge Dart, with updated styling and design, enhanced driving dynamics, and a powertrain “aligned to brand DNA,” is scheduled for production in June 2016, and will probably be sold as a 2017 model.

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