New Dodge Hornet Crossover Revealed Months Before Launch
The Dodge Hornet nameplate first reached the masses all the way back at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show as a memorable concept for a crossover. With a box design that was popular among buyers at the time, a future production version was never made, until last year. Today, new spy photographs reveal a new glimpse of one under development on the road in Detroit. The Hornet we see entering production looks nothing like the original concept from 2006. But, interesting to note how some parallels are noted to its Alfa Romeo Tonale Stellantis sibling. Allow us to breakdown what we have learned in recent months about the forthcoming Dodge Hornet crossover SUV product set to debut in less than a year!
A Hornet Buzzes This Way
They are both produced to ride on the same platform. In front, the Hornet has a fascia with inlets at each corner with a space in the center resembling a trapezoidal figure. There’s a slim grille in the center of the vehicle’s front and a larger opening above it. The headlights are narrow and have tapered edges. Complete with its arching roofline and curved window on the rear hatchback that supports the Hornet crossover from looking too square. The descending part of the window on the rear door has an upward rise. The wheels on this vehicle seem to be the same ones that the Tonale sports. The spy spots also show the Hornet carries a neat spoiler on the roof, and a place for outlines on the sides of the window. On each side, there are three rectangular tail lights.
Various Powertrain Possibilities?
The engine options for the Hornet are allegedly the exact ones as what the Tonale delivers. In the United States, this is the trusted 1.3-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an electric motor powering the rear axle for a complete system output of 272 horsepower. A 15.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides more than 30 miles of a driving range. Should the Hornet also have the Tonale’s full motor lineup, then the Hornet will arrive with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain that supports 256 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In Europe, the Alfa has two 1.5-liter mild-hybrid powertrains and a diesel option.
Another relation between the Hornet and the Tonale will be their production site. Both will arrive from the Pomigliano d’Arco Assembly Plant in Italy. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has authorized the small crossover to be assigned to arrive at some point later in 2022. Will this vehicle have some EV capabilities? We’ve covered this before, but learn even more after a visit to Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.
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