Dodge Sub-Compact to Launch in 2013

Dodge Sub-Compact to Launch in 2013

Dodge will be focusing on “affordable performance” in its 2013 and beyond lineup, with a subcompact hatchback heading to dealerships next year as a 2014 model year.

Over the next three years, the American automaker will be adopting new powertrains and platforms for the vast majority of its vehicles, but most noticeable of it all will be the introduction of a sub-compact model believed to carry the Hornet moniker. Based on a Fiat platform, the hatchback will compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta for years to come.

As for the rest of its lineup, the Grand Caravan will return but we can expect a major overhaul and redesign for the 2015 model year. The Durango on the other hand, is likely to be phased out in 2014, as Marchionne hasn’t committed to whether or not the Durango will get a redesign as its production possibly moves to another plant.

The new Dart model will get several new variants including an R/T and SRT-4 performance model. Before the end of this year however, we will see a high-mpg ‘Aero’ model joining the lineup.

On the chopping block will be the Dodge Avenger, set to be discontinued after next year. The Dodge Journey is expected to be redesigned for the 2014 model year, being switched to a Fiat-based platform.

Moving onto the Charger, Dodge will give it a powertrain overhaul, while a new Daytona performance version will join the lineup early next year. Lastly, the Challenger will see launch control in 2013, while the American automaker works on redesigning its sports car for the 2015 model year. We can also expect an SRT version joining the lineup in 2014, sporting a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that could likely resurrect the Barracuda name.

[Source: Automotive News]