High-tech features such as a large, eight-inch infotainment display, a gauge cluster with a reconfigurable graphic display and accent lighting that surrounds the instrument panel will be part of the interior package of the 2013 Dodge Dart.
The goal: Give the Dart a more upscale look than the vehicle it replaces, the Dodge Caliber.
Dodge on Tuesday released two photos of parts of the Dart's instrument cluster. The 2013 Dodge Dart will be fully revealed on Jan. 9 during the press preview at the Detroit auto show.
Details of the Dart's interior include:
-- The gauge cluster with a seven-inch screen that can display navigation, audio and trip-computer information.
-- Optional "racetrack" lighting that surrounds the gauge cluster and the center instrument stack.
-- Ambient lighting that illuminates the door handles, footwells, cupholders, map pockets, glovebox and storage bin.
-- Heated steering wheel.
-- The glovebox is large enough to hold an iPad.
The new Dodge Dart is based on a widened version of a Fiat platform used for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The platform, named CUSW, is expected to underpin up to eight different models.
Dodge earlier disclosed that the Dart will be available with a choice of three four-cylinder engines and three transmission options. The Dart will be equipped with 10 airbags.
Dart buyers can choose from 12 exterior colors, 14 interior color and trim combinations and six wheel patterns. Chrysler Group's Mopar unit is also developing a variety of accessories for the 2013 Dodge Dart.