The phase out of the Dodge Dart is officially underway.
Fiat Chrysler will soon drop the compact car entirely from its lineup, along with Chrysler 200. For now, it’s cutting the Dart options down to three models for the remainder of the 2016 model year, to make it easier for dealers to move ’em out. One of those getting the axe is the base SE model.
From here until the end of the road, Dodge will only offer the 2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT. Available equipment will change slightly, too, as well as pricing which runs from $18,000 to $21,000.
The SXT Sport becomes the new entry-level model. It makes the Convenience package standard, adding keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, satellite radio, and steering wheel audio controls. Under the hood, it has the axed SE’s 2.0-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 inline-four, instead of its previous 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The 2.0-liter is good for 160 hp and 148 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and gets an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon highway miles.
The Dart Turbo model is powered by the 160 horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It comes standard with a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels. It will do an EPA-estimated 41 miles per gallon on the highway.
Finally, the Dart GT Sport rounds out the lighter lineup. It’s the most powerful thanks to the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder which delivers 184 horsepower. The GT Sport starts around $21,000. The popular Dart GT Blacktop package continues as an option. There are also Rallye and Chrome package options, too. The GT model has EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 27 mpg highway.
Dealers can start ordering the revised lineup, which is built at FCA’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, this month.