Rumored: Dodge Dart Could Get V-6 Option

Chrysler has a long history of going its own way in the automotive market when other companies are jumping on the bandwagon of a certain industry trend. According to Allpar, the company may be bucking the engine downsizing trend by attempting to shoehorn a version of the Pentastar V-6 under the hood of the Dodge Dart compact sedan.

The Chrysler enthusiast site claims that customer dissatisfaction with the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo and its somewhat laggy throttle response have made the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 the volume engine for the compact sedan. But with the 2.4 Tigershark being the bread-and-butter engine for the Dart, what are customers to do that want more power? A larger turbocharged I-4 than the 1.4 seems like it would be the logical next step for power-hungry customers, but Chrysler may leverage the high volume of its Pentastar V-6 production to give the Dart a more powerful engine option. The Dart shares some of its hardware and packaging with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which offers a 3.2-liter Pentastar with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. A 3.0-liter version designed specifically for overseas markets where displacements over 3.0 liters are heavily taxed, produces approximately 230 hp and 210 lb-ft.

Although a V-6 option in the compact Dart seems somewhat unlikely to us, Allpar correctly predicted the 6.4 Hemi V-8 in the Ram HD trucks, and has made some other correct predictions in the past. What do you think? Will the Dart get a V-6? Should it? Share your thoughts below.

I think the term "shoehorn" should be enough to say that a V6 doesn't belong in this car.  Why not offer those stage kits like the SRT4 used to have?  If customers are that desperate for power, then they can get it without sacrificing the weight and balance of the existing model.

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