New rumors suggest the Chinese-market Fiat Viaggio sedan (the overseas version of our Dodge Dart) may soon add hatchback and wagon variants. With the Viaggio lineup potentially expanding, we wonder if Dodge should build a Dart hatch or wagon for the U.S.
Some of the Dart’s key competitors offer a hatchback in the U.S., including the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, and Mazda3. The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback and wagon are only available in Europe, as is the Ford Focus wagon. Move into the subcompact segment, and hatchbacks are everywhere, from the upcoming 2014 Nissan Versa Note to the Honda Fit and Chevrolet Sonic.
A Dart hatch or wagon could satisfy customers who lament the loss of utility provided by the discontinued Caliber hatchback. Additional body styles can also widen the Dart’s appeal, attracting a different type of customer than those who would get the sedan and don’t want Chrysler’s other current compacts with cargo space, the Jeep Compass and Patriot.
Source: Car News China