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2013 Dodge Dart — a new caliber of Chrysler compact

UPDATE: The full 49 image set of the 2013 Dodge Dart has been added.

This week, Chrysler released two teaser images of the upcoming replacement for the underachieving Dodge Caliber. Behold the 2013 Dodge Dart.

Well, behold the 2013 Dodge Dart as it would appear in Forza 4 or Gran Turismo 5, that is. What you’re looking at are screen captures of a computer model, obviously, so take them with a grain or two of salt, but what we see here are some nice contemporary design cues combined with some nice touches from the current Dodge lineup. A glance at the rear end reveals the same LED light pipe style lamps which Chrysler recently revived for the refreshed Charger. Up front, we get headlights reminiscent of newer Volkswagen and GM designs, and the trademark crosshair grille is looking pleasantly svelte compared to the enormous, truck-inspired maws featured on many Dodge vehicles over the last few years. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long for the real thing. The full debut will take place in January at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Underneath, it’s an Alfa — a Giulietta, to be precise. That should be good news from a chassis perspective, as it should mean carry-over IRS and other goodies. The outgoing compact may have been competent transportation appliance on a fundamental level, but even in SRT guise, it was never a dynamic front-runner. Motivation comes from three new engine options. Two are based on the “Tigershark” architecture (which may be the best engineering moniker this side of Ford’s V8 engine programs), one a 2.0L and the other a 2.4L, both naturally aspirated. The third option will be the 1.4L, turbocharged MultiAir engine that will make its U.S. debut in the Fiat 500 Abarth fairly soon here.

There’s not much else to say until we get a chance to drive it. The full press release and 49 image photo gallery is pasted below the break if you want the deets.

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Lexus LF-LC Concept to Debut At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus has released two additional images of their LF-LC Concept which will make it’s world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.  Created by Lexus’ Calty design studio, the 2+2 LF-LC concept could be a look into the future of a successor to the Lexus SC.

Stay tuned for full coverage from the 2012 NAIAS coming live from the show floor next week!

Porsche To Unveil New 911 Cabrio at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Porsche has confirmed that they will be unveiling the Cabrio version of the new 911 sports car for the first time at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.  After a long absence from the Detroit show, Porsche rolled out the 918 RSR Concept last year and is keeping their word of Detroit being an important show for them with the unveiling of the new 911 Cabrio.

We’ll be reporting from the show floor next week with live pictures and thoughts of the new models as they reveal them.  Be sure to follow us on twitter for real-time updates from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show at http://www.twitter.com/speedsportlife .

 

 

Nissan Teases All-New Pathfinder Ahead of 2012 Detroit Auto Show Debut

Nissan has released a very vague but telling teaser image of the new Pathfinder that will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.  While we can’t see the details of the front or rear of the Pathfinder, it’s obvious that the boxy shape will be replaced by a much more dramatically sculpted and aerodynamic shape.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter for live-updates and photos from the 2012 NAIAS reveals!

Mercedes-Benz to Reveal All-New 2013 SL550 at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz will be pulling the wraps off the all-new 2013 SL550 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month.  This next-generation SL now features a structure made almost entirely of aluminum, making it considerably lighter than the outgoing model.  MB says that the 2013 SL550 weighs about 275 pounds less than the car would if built of a traditional steel structure.  Considering that the SL name stands for “sporty, lightweight”, this is a major improvement over the rather portly outgoing model.   Combine that with more horsepower and better efficiency and the 2013 SL550 is certainly starting to live up to its original name.  Read More…

Two New Bentley Continental V8 Models to Bow at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Bentley will debut the new Continental GT and GTC V8 models at the 2012 North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit.  Both models are powered by a version of the same 4.0 liter twin turbo engine found in the new Audi S8.

The new 4.0 liter engine produces 500 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque from 1700 to 5000 rpm.  Combined with a new close-ration 8-speed manual transmission, Bentley says that the new Continental will do 0-60 in under 5 seconds,  onward to a top speed of 180mph.  We hope that the actual test numbers will put the Bentley Continental GT well into the low 4 second range to get to 60.

As with all new vehicle models these days, Bentley is also putting emphasis on efficiency.  Bentley says that the new 4.0 liter engine is 40 percent more efficient in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions than the outgoing model and that the range has improved to over 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. 

Both the Continental GT and GTC V8 models will sit below the 631 horsepower, 6.0 liter W12 Continental GT and GTC models .

We’ll be in Detroit next month with photos of the Bentley GT and GTC models as well as the other new vehicle debuts, live from the floor of the 2012 North American International Auto Show.