2013 Dodge Dart to feature Mopar in-vehicle wireless charging system

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Dodge's forthcoming 2013 Dart compact sedan is quite unique as it blends both Italian and American ingenuity, being based on Alfa Romeo's Giulietta hatchback and then developed by Dodge. This collaboration comes as a result of a partnership between Dodge's parent company, Chrysler Group LLC, and Fiat S.p.A. of Italy, which owns Alfa Romeo. On top of its Italian-American roots, the new Dart is also unique in that it will be the first car from the Chrysler Group of automakers to offer in-vehicle wireless charging for Apple iPhones, Blackberry devices, MP3 players and Droid-based devices.

This wireless charging feature comes as an option from Mopar, the vehicle parts division of the Chrysler Group of automakers, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, select Fiat models and the performance-oriented SRT vehicles.

"At Mopar, we look for every single opportunity to make our customers' lives easier," said Mopar president and CEO Pietro Gorlier. "Our industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is the perfect solution for those connected customers who are always on the go."

Mopar's in-vehicle wireless charging station is essentially a bin installed just below the Dart's centre stack ahead of the centre console. This "power bin" features a built-in charging grid that activates when a battery-powered device (typically a smartphone) is placed on top of it, so long as the vehicle is running. The system requires a specifically designed phone case that is included with the wireless charging station.

The 2013 Dart comes to market later this year and features projector headlights and fog lights on either side of Dodge's characteristic split-crosshair grille. There are also LED "racetrack" taillights and a dual exhaust (both of which were inspired by Dodge's Challenger pony car), and available 18-inch wheels.

No less than three engines will be offered in the new 2013 Dodge Dart: The smallest will be Fiat's MultiAir turbocharged 1.4-litre 16-valve 4-cylinder (the same as in the Fiat 500), with Chrysler's 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre "Tigershark" world engines filling out the range. Power, fuel economy and other performance figures have not yet been confirmed, but Dodge said it expects the Dart to achieve economy ratings of 5.8 L/100km thanks to a new 9-speed automatic transmission. A total of three transmission choices will be offered.

With its fresh American styling, Italian underpinnings and now the availability of an in-vehicle wireless charging system, the 2013 Dart should make for an interesting entry into the compact sedan segment. It is expected to arrive in Canada this July.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sedan, Dodge, 2013, Dart, Compact,

Organizations: Mopar

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