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Is this the future of the Dodge Dart?

by David Zatz on

The Dodge Dart will die in September. Long live the Dodge Dart.

The Fiat Viaggio, essentially a Dart with a lower-cost suspension (hatchback, too, with Ottimo), will soon enter its second generation.  Could the Viaggio be that Dart replacement we’ve heard about? Perhaps, this time, including the “Ottimo” hatchback form?

2018 Dodge Dart?

If the 2018 Dodge Dart came in early-to-mid 2017, it would come just as the current stockpile of Darts was sold out.  Volvo and GM have both shown that Americans have no compunction about buying a Chinese car if it doesn’t have a Chinese name. (The Viaggio could also be added to the mix in Brazil or Italy, or at a joint venture plant in Turkey, Serbia, or elsewhere.)

A low-end Hurricane turbo-four would be fine for this car, generating an easy 240-260 horsepower, with a base 2.0 for economy buyers and a 1.4 turbo just to get that “41 mpg” rating. The cheaper Viaggio suspension would allow for lower prices, especially if they kept the six speed automatic instead of adding a nine-speed.

We don’t know what’s in the future, we do know that there’s a replacement for the Dart coming — and it could be a Dart.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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