Sure, we’ve seen digital instrument panels before, but the one outfitted for the upcoming Dodge Dart re-birth caught our eye. Instead of a regular ol’ speedometer in the center of the driver side dash, you’ll encounter a 7-inch instrument cluster that you’ll be able to customize based on your specific auto info needs. This of course will be the second screen on the dash, as the vehicle will also feature Chrysler’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system in the center. Just how useful is the new feature? We took it for a test drive of sorts, and hopped out with a few thoughts.
First, the amount of information that can be delivered to the driver’s screen was pretty comprehensive. You’ll be able to check gas mileage / fuel economy, odometer details, tire pressure, burned out lights, follow the navigation system and sort out your music choices. The color and image quality were both great, something that gets overlooked from time to time with on-board vehicle screens. While some simple animations take place on the screen for things like driving directions, the folks at Dodge affirm that the monitor won’t pose a distraction while you’re on the road. For a look at the new display in action and a quick refresher on the Uconnect system, hit the gallery below or the video on the backside of the break.
2013 Dodge Dart digital dash display hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
2013 Dodge Dart digital dash display hands-on (video)