Chrysler is expected to unveil a new 2013 Dodge compact sedan at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January. While the automotive press knows relatively little about it, some spy shots have been captured. Additionally, some details have come to light.
Not the Dodge Hornet
Speculation said the new car would be called the 2013 Dodge Hornet, but brand chairman Reid Biglund squelched that rumor during an interview with The Detroit News. Various media sources have posited the following as potential names for the 2013 model. Some familiar names appear on the list:
- Dodge Dart
- Dodge Duster
- Dodge Camber
- Dodge Caliber
Based on Alfa Romeo designs
According to Popular Mechanics, the 2013 Dodge compact’s design is inspired by the look of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and it will deliver serious performance. The front end has a softer nose that blends into a steeply sloped windshield that suggests muscle. Grille details include a bumper bar split that creates multiple openings and headlights extend back above the wheel well.
The roof is rounded and flows back to the trunk area. A bolster conceals the shape of the trunk lid somewhat, but spy reports indicate that the robust appearance remains evident. Wheels are set out as wide as the limits of the fenders, which adds to the forceful presence, particularly when viewed from behind.
Dual exhaust a sign of performance
Popular Mechanics stresses that the 2013 Dodge compact spy footage could actually be a Chrysler model in disguise, as captured photos betrays some effort on the part of the maker to camouflage the vehicle. If it is indeed the 2013 Dodge compact sedan that has been rumored, the dual exhaust outlets would seem to indicate a larger engine. The larger-than-standard tires and high-performance wheels also suggest more than an economy car.
Until the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, enthusiasts can only speculate as to the kind of noise this mystery vehicle may do against competition ranging from the Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze to the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra.