This is Dodge’s first electrified vehicle

2023 Dodge Hornet GT


DETROIT – The first electrified vehicle for the Dodge model underneath Stellantis can be a plug-in hybrid crossover referred to as the Hornet, a resurrected title most not too long ago used for a Nineteen Seventies station wagon.

The compact crossover can be Dodge’s new entry-level vehicle, with a beginning value of lower than $30,000 for a Hornet GT mannequin with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The plug-in hybrid mannequin, which Dodge is calling the Hornet R/T, will begin at about $40,000.

While the Hornet is not one in all Dodge’s signature muscle vehicles, it is an vital vehicle for the model’s gross sales and electrification technique. It marks a return to the lower-priced mainstream market following the discontinuation of the Dart sedan and Journey crossover in 2016 and 2020, respectively.

“We think the potential is huge with the growth of this segment,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis stated throughout a media briefing. He declined to debate gross sales expectations for the vehicle, which was unveiled Tuesday night time at an occasion in Pontiac, Michigan.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT 


The compact crossover section is one of many largest segments within the trade, however Kuniskis stated Dodge will place the Hornet in a different way than opponents.

Dodge says the Hornet may have the highest efficiency within the section and provide distinctive elements, together with a “Power Shot” mode for the plug-in hybrid that instantaneously gives 25 extra horsepower to the vehicle.

The Hornet R/T PHEV may have greater than 285 horsepower and 383 foot-pounds of torque, in accordance with Dodge. It will have the ability to journey greater than 30 miles earlier than a 1.3-liter turbocharged inner combustion engine activates to energy the vehicle. Dodge says the GT mannequin may have not less than 265 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque.

The Hornet GT is anticipated to reach in U.S. showrooms late this yr, adopted by the plug-in mannequin subsequent spring. The autos can be produced at a plant in Italy alongside the Alfa Romeo Tonale, which has a shared a platform and parts however totally different design traits.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept


Dodge additionally confirmed an idea vehicle referred to as Hornet GT GLH (Goes Like Hell) – one other resurrected title from the Dodge Omni GLH within the mid-Nineteen Eighties – that could possibly be constructed utilizing aftermarket elements or go into manufacturing at a later date, providing extra efficiency to the vehicle lineup.

The unveiling of the Hornet comes a day after the corporate confirmed it might discontinue the Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle vehicles on the finish of subsequent yr. They are anticipated to get replaced by not less than one new electrical efficiency automotive beginning in 2024.

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Stellantis was fashioned by the merger automaker of Fiat Chrysler and France-based Groupe PSA. It has 14 auto manufacturers together with Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Peugeot. The firm is investing $35.5 billion in vehicle electrification and supporting applied sciences by 2025.

The Hornet title was first used for a automotive produced within the Fifties by Hudson Motor, made well-liked lately by Disney’s “Cars” franchise. It was then utilized by American Motors within the Nineteen Seventies, adopted by Chrysler, now referred to as Stellantis, for an idea automotive that by no means made it into manufacturing in 2006.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT GLH idea



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