This compact car has been discontinued four years ago. However, it looks like we could see this nameplate in use once again, rumors say. At this point, it is just speculation but several sources suggest that Dodge could significantly expand its offer in the future. Currently, there aren’t many models under this badge in the offer, so it would make perfect sense to see some additions in the near future. Things are better in the whole FCA Group either, as the company definitely lacks new models, especially in terms of crossovers. That’s where many see 2021 Dodge Dart, in the form of a crossover. Although we can’t find any kind of confirmation of such a scenario, it does make sense, considering the current situation on the market.
Although this would probably be a completely new model, the use of a familiar nameplate would definitely be a great way to attract more buyers, especially if we consider that Dart has been characterized by pretty good driving characteristics in the past. Still, we suggest you to remain reserved, as the following paragraphs are nothing more than pure speculation.
2021 Dodge Dart As Crossover?
The current maker is all about crossover and if you look at FCA’s current lineup, Jeep is the only brand that has such vehicles in the offer, along with Alfa Romeo (which belongs to premium segment). Therefore, adding a few more models would be a good thing and the first brand that comes to mind is Dodge. This brand currently has two crossovers in the offer, both mid-sized and both quite outdated. Of course, we are talking about Journey and Durango, and replacements for both of them are on the way.
Still, Dodge needs something compact in size, as that is the most popular segment in the automotive industry today. We presume that would be a model that shares design characteristics with models like Cherokee, which represents Jeep in this segment and makes some pretty decent sales numbers.
2021 Dodge Dart Design
As we’ve just mentioned, if the 2021 Dodge Dart is about to arrive, it would probably share most of its parts with Jeep Cherokee. This means it would ride on a familiar Compact US Wide platform. Still, keep in mind that the current-generation Cherokee has been around for a quite long time, since 2014, so some updates would definitely be required.
When it comes to the exterior design, the new model would feature typical dimensions for the class, which means betwee105 and 110 inches in wheelbase. Of course, we count on the available AWD system, which could easily turn this model into a serious off-roader. Still, we presume that the main focus of 2021 Dodge Dart will be on-road driving experience, a soft and comfortable ride.
Styling and Interior Design
In terms of the styling, it’s really hard to talk about any future Dodge model. Simply, this company hasn’t come with anything new for years. All models in the current lineup are very old, so we would expect to see a completely new design language. We presume it would take a lot of inspiration from the new Ram 1500, which was always the case with Dodge models. This means no more crosshair grille you can find in the current-generation Durango and Journey, but rather a completely new layout.
The interior is a complete mystery at this point. In the past, Dodge models weren’t famous for some exceptional cabin layouts, but that could easily change in the future. Still, we expect that the company will put the focus on practicality and functionality, while full loads of tech features should be a part of standard equipment as well.
2021 Dodge Dart Engines
Things under the hood aren’t that hard to predict. Unlike the Cherokee, which is currently available with all kinds of engines, we presume that the 2021 Dodge Dart will focus on modern and efficient engines. In practice, this means we may expect to see a 2.0-liter turbo-four in the offer, with a max output of 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Such numbers guarantee excellent performances, but we presume it would be reserved for higher trims. Base models could come with a more basic version of this engine, which delivers around 200 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque.
We might see some kind of electrification as well. For example, a new plug-in hybrid system with around 240 horsepower and would be a good fit for a crossover like this one.
2021 Dodge Dart Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2021 Dodge Dart is just a rumor, so take this article with a big reserve. Still, we believe this model could really happen in the near future, maybe already in the next year. When it comes to the price, we count on class average numbers, which means that the base models would probably go around 25.000 dollars, roughly.