2013 Dodge Dart Gizmos and Gadgets and Infotainment
The 2013 Dodge Dart was loaded with technologies and features, some standard, and some new to the segment. The biggest-in-class 8.4 inch touch screen stereo, for example, could come with Garmin navigation, iPod and climate controls, voice activated Bluetooth®, SiriusXM Travel Link, and weather updates.
The class-exclusive 7-inch gauge cluster display, derived from the 200C concepts, can show digital or analog gauges, the navigation turn-by-turn display, an eco-meter, audio or phone information, or compass and temperature readouts.
The Dart’s instrument cluster display could be set up as a basic analog read-out, or a full digital display that clearly communicates car information. The driver can configure the screens to display the information they desire, mixing and matching information. The virtual gauges enhance communication between the car and driver in a simple, pleasing format.
With the push of a button on the steering wheel, drivers can select from two analog or two digital displays for the gauges, then customize further through the nine main menus. The system can be reconfigured as much as the driver wants, or not at all. Four small icons in the corners of the center display can be set to show information at-a-glance, including current fuel economy, outside temperature and compass direction. The nine main screens are speed, miles per hour or kilometers per hour, fuel economy, trip A odometer, trip B odometer, audio, stored messages, car information, and navigation.
Once a screen is chosen it becomes the default setting, with no need to select a save or set button. The settings are linked to each key fob, so two drivers who share a car will see their personal gauge settings as soon as their key fob is used to start the car.
Warning messages are displayed with an animated message, as well as text highlighted by a color change of the information bar. Warning messages are automatically sent into stored messages so a driver can review the message when parked.
The TFT cluster appears dark or blank until the driver starts the car. That’s when the floating island bezel begins to glow and the animated analog or digital instrumentation comes to life. Gauge numbers are around 14% larger than a traditional 3.5-inch cluster display, and in a performance font, which makes them easy to read. The gauges are backlit with LEDs, which makes them crisper.
Other class exclusives included the rear cross path protection and heated steering wheel. Unusual items included HID headlights with SmartBeam® and dual-zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor. More common gadgets were the premium audio system and keyless entry with pushbutton starter.
8.4-inch Uconnect® Touch Media Center
The 2013 Dodge Dart features the largest touchscreen radio in its class. It integrates voice command, real-time information, multimedia, portable mobile devices and car settings.
Two Uconnect Touch models (8.4 and 8.4N with navigation) are available. Uconnect Media Center 200 and Uconnect Media Center 200S (with SiriusXM Satellite Radio) round out the available media centers.
“We’ve made the Uconnect Touch system easy to learn and incredibly responsive,” said Marios Zenios, Head of Uconnect Systems and Services. “Important features are easy to find with large, animated touch keys across the bottom of the screen combined with traditional controls placed in familiar areas where the driver can find them. All the features on the touchscreen are grouped by modality and presented clearly, without clutter.”
Controls are also placed both on the left and right spokes of the steering wheel. Audio controls are on the left rear spoke of the wheel. Volume, up or down and change audio mode are on the right rear spoke. Customers said they prefer audio controls at the rear of the steering wheel, as a result, Chrysler Group was the first automaker to locate audio controls at the rear of the wheel.
The Uconnect Touch 8.4N now has Garmin® navigation (with lane guidance) and SiriusXM Travel Link with real-time fuel prices, movie listings, sports updates and weather. SiriusXM Travel Link is free for the first 12 months, the longest trial period of any automaker. It includes a USB port with iPod control, an SD card reader (MP3/WMA only), an integrated Gracenote® database to identify music on portable devices abd display album artwork (and improve accuracy of voice recognition of artist names and song titles). It also has SiriusXM Satellite Radio with song alert/game alert for automatic prompts of favorite songs/artists/games, and a CD player in the center console, along with the usual AM and FM.
For Darts with rear back-up camera, the 8.4-inch touchscreen displays the image when the car is shifted into Reverse.
Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth
The optional Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth is an in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. When the Bluetooth phone is initially connected, the contact list is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. It also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to AM/FM and available SiriusXM Satellite Radio stations and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from the available SiriusXM Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility.
Alpine® premium audio systems
The 2013 Dodge Dart returns to Chrysler’s traditional high-end audiophile maker — Alpine. The nine-speaker premium audio system with additional subwoofer includes a 12-channel, 506 watt amplifier and digital signal processing with 7.1-adapted surround-sound. Speakers are:
• Three 3.5-inch speakers in the instrument panel
• Two 6 x 9-inch speakers in the front doors
• Two 3.5-inch speakers in the rear-shelf area
• Two 6 x 9-inch speakers in the rear doors
• One 8-inch subwoofer in the center of the rear-shelf area
Other gadgets 'n' gizmos
Keyless Enter ’n Go technology (optional) allows the doors and trunk to be opened and the car to be started without having to touch the key fob. The optional remote start feature allows a driver to start their vehicle from up to 300 feet away. Door controls, illuminated entry, an engine immobilizer, and a panic alert are standard with the system.
The 2013 Dodge Dart is the first compact car to offer drivers a heated steering wheel, used when temperatures are below 40 degrees. The steering wheel will continue to heat for 58-70 minutes before shutting off.
Dodge’s Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) electrical architecture is adapted from the Fiat-based Compact Electrical Architecture. It is the backbone of the electrical system, delivering connectivity between advanced technologies and in-vehicle personalization, for enhanced driver awareness. This will be the first Dodge car to have both high- and low-speed data networks, equipped with as many as 40 individual modules.
Within the CUS-wide electrical architecture high-speed network, each module (e.g., Electronic Stability Control) processes its individual data and transmits commands to activate any additional systems (e.g., anti-lock brake system and cruise control). Uconnect Touch uses the low-speed data bus to handle settings, instrument panel controls, entertainment and information applications, and comfort and convenience controls.