Because a turbo four isn't always enough.
It was only a few years ago that the optional engine for countless models was bigger and more powerful than the base unit. Today, that upgraded engine remains more powerful, but it’s often smaller. Instead of that optional naturally aspirated V6, buyers are actually paying more for a turbocharged four-pot instead. But what happens when too many customers aren’t satisfied with that optional turbo four? Well, that’s exactly the dilemma Dodge is now facing with the Dart.
Buyers are reportedly not happy with the optional 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo and instead are opting for the 2.4-liter four as the volume engine instead. Yes, it’s more powerful than the former, but there are still buyers who aren’t satisfied with 2.4-liters and 184 horsepower. So, what to do? Chrysler is now looking into the possibility of offering the Dart with a V6, such as the 3.2-liter unit with 271 hp from the new Jeep Cherokee, or even the 3.0-liter version with 230 hp that was developed specifically for Europe. Nothing is official just yet, but that added power in the Dart would certainly be welcomed by many.