It has been many moons since Dodge has offered a small car. With the new Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus heating up the compact car wars, the countdown for Dodge's version has been set at 14 months and counting.
We've known that Chrysler's rebuild would be a slow, and at some points, painful, process. It appears the foundation has been laid, however, for a future C-segment Dodge that shares a platform with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The platform is known internally as the Compact Wide architecture (C-EVO) and is due as a Dodge sedan, as we explored last month. Now, we've learned the small four-door is around 14 months away from consumers and will achieve 40 mpg, presumably on the highway and through use of the MultiAir four-cylinder engine. The 40-mpg figure was a key target for both the Cruze and the Focus.
In addition to a small Dodge, the Fiat 500 will also come Stateside to support Chrysler. To help float the recovering automaker for the time being, Chrysler has unleashed a barrage of revamped and refreshed vehicles for the 2011 model year.
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