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2023 Dodge Hornet GT

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DETROIT – The primary electrified vehicle for the Dodge brand under Stellantis will probably be a plug-in hybrid crossover called the Hornet, a resurrected name most recently used for a Nineteen Seventies station wagon.

The compact crossover will probably be Dodge’s recent entry-level vehicle, with a starting price of lower than $30,000 for a Hornet GT model with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The plug-in hybrid model, which Dodge is asking the Hornet R/T, will start at about $40,000.

While the Hornet is not one among Dodge’s signature muscle cars, it’s a very important vehicle for the brand’s sales and electrification strategy. 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 expect the potential is big with the expansion of this segment,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said during a media briefing. He declined to debate sales expectations for the vehicle, which was unveiled Tuesday night at an event in Pontiac, Michigan.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT 

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The compact crossover segment is one among the biggest segments within the industry, but Kuniskis said Dodge will position the Hornet in another way than competitors.

Dodge says the Hornet may have the highest performance within the segment and offer unique elements, including a “Power Shot” mode for the plug-in hybrid that instantaneously provides 25 more horsepower to the vehicle.

The Hornet R/T PHEV may have greater than 285 horsepower and 383 foot-pounds of torque, in line with Dodge. It would find a way to travel greater than 30 miles before a 1.3-liter turbocharged internal combustion engine activates to power the vehicle. Dodge says the GT model may have at the least 265 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque.

The Hornet GT is predicted to reach in U.S. showrooms late this 12 months, followed by the plug-in model next spring. The vehicles will probably be produced at a plant in Italy alongside the Alfa Romeo Tonale, which has a shared a platform and components but different design characteristics.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept

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Dodge also showed an idea vehicle called Hornet GT GLH (Goes Like Hell) – one other resurrected name from the Dodge Omni GLH within the mid-Eighties – that might be built using aftermarket parts or go into production at a later date, offering additional performance to the vehicle lineup.

The disclosing of the Hornet comes a day after the corporate confirmed it might discontinue the Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars at the top of next 12 months. They’re expected to get replaced by at the least one recent electric performance automotive starting in 2024.

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Stellantis was formed by the merger automaker of Fiat Chrysler and France-based Groupe PSA. It has 14 auto brands including Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Peugeot. The corporate is investing $35.5 billion in vehicle electrification and supporting technologies through 2025.

The Hornet name was first used for a automotive produced within the Fifties by Hudson Motor, made popular lately by Disney’s “Cars” franchise. It was then utilized by American Motors within the Nineteen Seventies, followed by Chrysler, now often known as Stellantis, for an idea automotive that never made it into production in 2006.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT GLH concept

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