2023 Dodge Hornet revealed as Alfa Romeo Tonale cousin

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The Hornet has been revealed because the Dodge model’s first all-new model in simply over a decade, and as anticipated it carefully resembles the Alfa Romeo Tonale.

It’s the primary electrified model for the Dodge model, which has been positioned as a efficiency automotive model throughout the Stellantis armada, and can arrive in US showrooms later this 12 months.

It’ll use solely the 2 strongest engines from the Tonale, which occur to be the 2 engines Alfa Romeo received’t provide within the model when it arrives domestically early in 2023.

The bottom GT – which Dodge says is the quickest, strongest SUV below US$30,000 (A$43,352) – is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 198kW of energy and 400Nm of torque and mated with a nine-speed computerized transmission.

In Sport Mode, the GT can do the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) dash in 6.5 seconds. A limited-slip differential is customary.

The plug-in hybrid R/T will comply with subsequent spring, utilizing a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine and a rear-mounted electrical motor, a 15.5kWh battery pack, and a six-speed computerized transmission.

Complete system outputs are 212kW and 519Nm, with claimed electrical vary of over 48km.

A PowerShot function gives a lift of 18kW for 15 seconds at a time, which Dodge says shaves a second off the 0-60mph time (to six.1 seconds). It’s activated by pulling each of the paddle shifters and performing a pedal kickdown.

The electrified R/T additionally options three PHEV drive modes – a hybrid mode, a pure EV mode and an E-Save mode to protect battery cost – and options each regenerative braking and a coasting operate.

Each the GT and R/T come customary with all-wheel drive, Koni frequency selective damping shocks, and dynamic torque vectoring, with the R/T gaining customary Brembo entrance brakes.

Although the center part is similar because the Tonale, the Hornet receives distinctive entrance and rear finish styling.

That features a model of Dodge’s “mail slot” grille, a vented bonnet, and slim LED headlights.

Down again, there’s a full-width lighting meeting that, in a primary for Dodge, options an illuminated model of the model’s Rhombi emblem within the centre.

17-inch alloy wheels are customary on the GT and 18s on the R/T, however each variants are provided with a Blacktop package deal that brings distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels and gloss black exterior trim.

A Observe Pack choice on each variants upgrades to 20-inch alloy wheels and Alcantara upholstery, whereas additionally including adjustable dampers.

There are seven exterior colors on provide, lots of which have intelligent names in Dodge custom like Grey Cray, Blu Bayou and eight Ball.

The driving force-oriented inside is actually an identical to the Tonale’s, differing solely in particulars like the form of the air vents, some minor switchgear, and the graphics for the usual 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The touchscreen runs on the most recent UConnect 5 working system, with wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

GT Plus and R/T Plus fashions function leather-based upholstery, out there in crimson, plus a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system.

Customary security gear on the Hornet consists of autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep help, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, with an elective Tech Pack including adaptive cruise management, clever velocity help, visitors signal recognition, and a lane-centring system for Stage 2 autonomous driving.

Along with revealing the R/T and GT, Dodge has additionally revealed an idea that dusts off a traditional Dodge nameplate.

The Hornet GT GLH Idea – named after the Shelby-fettled Omni GLH sizzling hatch of the Eighties, and quick for “Goes Like Hell” – is provided with a raft of efficiency half upgrades from Dodge’s Direct Connection vary.

Primarily based on the GT, Dodge says the GT GLH truly boasts a greater power-to-weight ratio than the outdated sizzling hatch, and features a raft of Direct Connection modifications like a lowered suspension, stage package and an unrestricted twin exhaust, in addition to distinctive stripes and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Direct Connection elements will probably be out there at Dodge Energy Brokers sellers.

The Hornet is probably surprisingly Dodge’s first small crossover ever, except you depend the butch-looking Caliber hatchback of the 2000s.

It’s significantly smaller than the defunct Journey, not to mention Dodge’s present lineup – the big Durango SUV, and the full-sized Charger and Challenger which can finish manufacturing after the 2023 model 12 months.

The Hornet will probably be produced alongside the Tonale at a plant exterior of Naples in Italy, making it the primary Italian-built Dodge.

Dodge is asking the Hornet a “gateway” automotive to its so-called Brotherhood of Muscle, however it’s additionally a gateway to full electrification.

It will likely be adopted in 2024 by a manufacturing model of Dodge’s “e-muscle” idea automotive on the brand new STLA Giant structure.

The Hornet title has some efficiency heritage. It was first used on the Hudson Hornet in 1951, which was acclaimed for its efficiency in NASCAR, after which on the AMC Hornet in 1970 which spawned the new V8-powered SC/360.

The title wasn’t used once more till properly after the Chrysler Company acquired the American Motors Company, with Dodge utilizing it on a sporty hatchback idea in 2006.

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