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by Brett Davis

Dodge has pulled the wraps off the new 2013 Dodge Dart prior to its official unveiling at the Detroit motor show later today.

The Dodge Dart is the first vehicle developed under the Fiat-Chrysler partnership. It’s based on the Alfa Romeo Guilietta CUSW platform and is set to enter the compact sedan segment.

As previously reported, the Dart is a spiritual successor to the original Dodge Dart of the 1960s, which offered a cheaper, smaller alternative to the larger Dodge vehicles of the time. The all-new Dart is the replacement for the largely unloved Dodge Caliber hatch.

Chrysler Australia has previously told CarAdvice the Dart isn’t likely to be headed for our shores anytime soon due to it being left-hand drive only. The local company says if right-hand drive versions are made, it will certainly be considered for our market.

Full specifications are yet to be released, however the Dodge Dart is expected to be come with three different petrol engine options. These include a 1.4-litre MultiAir four-cylinder borrowed from Fiat, a new 2.0-litre ‘Tigershark’, and a 2.4-litre four cylinder.

As you can see, the 2013 Dart showcases modern styling, aerodynamic lines and contours, smooth wheel arches and bumper, and an aggressive face with darkened central fascia. The rear end also features a ‘racetrack’ of LEDs that extend onto the rear guards.

The rear end gets a twin exhaust system incorporated into a darkened rear fasica, while a lip spoiler is moulded into the boot design.

Look out for all the details on this, and many other unveilings, in our full 2012 North American International Auto Show coverage over the coming days.