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Dodge, which recently became famous for its obnoxious Hellcat engines, is looking to a future free of fossil fuels. The automaker plans to announce a muscle electric car in the coming months, and has set a goal of integrating electrified models into its catalog.
The company’s lineup has dwindled in recent years, to the point where there are now only three models bearing the Dodge name. The Durango SUV is its only vehicle at the moment, but that will change later this year with the unveiling of the Dodge Hornet. The compact SUV will share many of its underpinnings with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, and it will be included in Dodge’s lineup under the long-running Durango.
What is a Dodge Hornet?
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The Dodge Hornet is a new compact crossover that may come with an available plug-in hybrid powertrain. It is based on the new Alfa Romeo Tonale, which will be released soon. Depending on how much Alfa Dodge is injected, Hornet could get Italian all-wheel drives, including a turbocharged four-cylinder, PHEV and more.
Hornet will enter the Dodge range below Durango, and will fill the void the automaker currently has on the smaller side of its lineup.
The Hornet name originated on the Hudson model decades ago, which was handed over to Chrysler after the acquisition of AMC in the late 1980s. Dodge released a one-of-a-kind but ultimately doomed concept car in 2006, which featured the company’s distinctive “crosshairs” from the period and funky shapes throughout, but this car is a far cry from the SUV we expect to see very soon. .
dodge hornet release date
Dodge has not provided any details about the Hornet, although the SUV is widely expected to appear in late summer. Early spy photos show an SUV with a design strikingly similar to the Alfa Romeo Tonale, so it’s not as if Dodge started out with a clean sheet design.
As for the actual date of sale and official release in the US, we’re probably looking at a date sometime in late 2022 or early 2023. Hornet and related Alfa Romeo are competing in different parts of the market, so it’s conceivable that Dodge isn’t waiting Long after Tonale hit the market.
Hornet will share its engine and hybrid system with Tonale. This means a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 90 kW electric motor. Combined output comes in at 272 horsepower for the Tonale, so we’ll likely see a similar setup on the Dodge.
Hornet may also get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine available on the Tonale. It produces 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and sends it to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Finally, since we’re talking about Dodge and not Alfa Romeo, there’s a strong chance the automaker will take a more budget approach and offer a smaller, less powerful three- or four-cylinder engine without hybrid or turbo power.
At this point, we’ve only seen glimpses of the alleged Hornets prior to production under test. Images shared on Twitter in early 2022 show an exterior very similar to the overall smooth lines of the Alfa Romeo Tonale. The notable difference is the Hornet’s grille, which gets a traditional Dodge look and less whimsical aerodynamics.
The SUV’s interior also closely follows in the Alfa’s footsteps. There is a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment touch screen. We’ll likely see entry-level models with fabric upholstery, less tech, and at least two top-notch trims with all the good stuff. The Hornet will be able to seat five people, although its overall size means the back seat will likely be cramped for adults.
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As the Stellantis brand, Dodge has the advantage of Uconnect 5, one of the best and easiest-to-use infotainment interfaces on the market today. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, over-the-air updates, Bluetooth and many other features come standard with the system. Dodge will likely offer two screen sizes, with a smaller screen for the bottom edges and a larger unit for more exclusive variants. We might see a curved screen or a panoramic screen that combines the instrument cluster with infotainment screens, but that’s less likely than a conventional in-car display at Hornet’s expected price point.
Alfa Romeo includes blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and more as standard on the Tonale. The Dodge is less expensive than the Alfa, so some features will likely be discontinued for the higher option and trim packages.
Dodge and other Stellantis brands frequently offer a baseline of safety equipment, such as forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking to enhance vehicle safety scores. At the same time, most models in the automaker’s catalog require an upgrade at an additional cost to get the most desirable features.
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