The Mexican Dodge Neon could be making its way stateside soon.
If you look at the automakers under the FCA umbrella and the cars they sell in the US you’ll notice that a small and mid-size sedan aren’t offered. The recent deaths of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 saw to that. However, anonymous sources have told Allpar that a plan is in place to solve the small sedan problem. That plan reportedly involves resurrecting the Neon nameplate. That’s right, the deceased Dodge Neon is apparently headed back from the grave and onto dealer lots. A version based on the Fiat Tipo is actually still sold in Mexico.
The Neon sold stateside would be given a more powerful engine; the Mexican version has a range of diesel and gas power plants with none offering more than 110 horsepower. Allpar says the engine in the US-bound Neon will be a Fiat-sourced 1.4-liter turbo-four, the same one found under the hood of the Dart. That unit made 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and was offered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch. There's no word on if those power specs and transmissions would remain. We’d prefer to see a bit more grunt or multiple engine offerings and tunes. If things stayed the same the revived Neon would be less powerful than a new Honda Civic. For a company that prides itself on performance that wouldn’t be a good look.
If the Dodge Neon does indeed make a return we hope the SRT-4 trim returns. The automaker seems hell-bent on offering sportier versions of every car it sells, save for the Journey. An SRT-tuned Neon could help the Neon succeed where the Dart failed, that is if people don’t reject it out of hand. It’s not a car people have exactly been begging FCA to bring back after all. We've got some photos of the Mexican Dodge Neon, so check them out and let us know what you think.