It will be priced from under $30,000 in the US and $40,000 in Canada.
There will be two versions including a PHEV R/T.
Albeit with a side of efficiency. But that’s not really important as we’re celebrating Dodge Speed Week. The Dodge Hornet has been a long time coming and it looks as though it will be worth it.
We can clearly see the beginnings of Dodge’s upcoming transformation and the direction it will take. Clearly, performance will remain a top priority however fuel efficiency will play an increasing role ahead of the storied brand’s complete transformation. And the first beacon of the dawn of this new era is the Hornet.
Two models will be made available to interested buyers, both fitted with AWD as standard. The first iteration, the one that will start under $40k in Canada ($30k in the US), of what has instantly become the most powerful compact utility vehicle on the market is the GT. As the gateway muscle vehicle into the brand, it will be powered by the Hurricane4 2.0-litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine good for a commendable 265-plus horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Thanks to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the GT will reach 60 mph from a standstill in only 6.5 seconds.
The 2023 Dodge Hornet GT is only the beginning.
“The Dodge brand’s electrified transformation has left the starting line, with the all-new Dodge Hornet R/T representing the first electrified performance vehicle from Dodge,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis. “The Dodge Hornet is poised to jolt the mainstream compact utility vehicle segment with looks, feel, and performance that are unmistakably Dodge. Hornet shakes up the status quo with aggressive Dodge styling, the most power in the segment from our multi-energy lineup, the best driving dynamics, a full lineup of segment-exclusive performance features, the best standard technology, as well available Direct Connection factory-backed performance upgrades. And this is just the start of the Dodge brand’s electrification journey.”
The new R/T PHEV will feature a turbocharged 1.3-litre all-aluminum 4-cylinder engine that will be combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Fed by a 276-lb 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Hornet R/T will offer more than 30 miles of all-electric range. This is the “green” part – here’s the good stuff.
The powertrain combines to deliver 285-plus horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, and that’s not all. Thanks to an on-demand PowerShot feature, the PHEV tech supplies a burst of 25 additional horsepower for up to 15 seconds at a time, shaving a full second off the normal 0 to 60 mph time, to 6.1 seconds.
This power will be put to good use as the Hornet’s other specs are extremely promising. As standard, all will be fitted with Koni frequency selective damping shocks, available Brembo four-piston front fixed calipers, torque vectoring, and more. Speaking of more, an optional Track Pack for both versions will include dual-stage-valve suspension with driver-selectable suspension damping, 20-inch Abyss wheels, with additional performance and interior features.
On the onboard technology front, the 2023 Dodge Hornet will be well-equipped. As standard, it will come with a 12.3-inch digital cockpit cluster screen and a 10.25-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment system central display. The driver will sit on Alcantara seats and face a performance-oriented flat-bottom steering wheel and controls subtly “tipped” toward the driver.
Visually, the Hornet is all Dodge, no matter the angle. It includes a hood with integrated heat extractors, a “mail slot”-style grille opening sculpted into the fascia, matte black molded-in color lower cladding, and valances. The Hornet R/T receives unique new Abyss painted lower cladding and rear valance with integrated dual exhaust ports. The rear, features a lighted red signature, as well as an illuminated Dodge Rhombi logo in the center — featured for the first time on a Dodge vehicle — identifying from a distance that it’s a Dodge. The illuminated taillamp and Rhombi logo, while standard on the Hornet, also serves as a subtle nod to the electrified performance of the Hornet R/T PHEV model.
A unique new exterior Hornet badge on the fender celebrates the revival of the Hornet — a name first used on the famed Hudson Hornet in the 1940s and again in 2006 as a popular Dodge concept vehicle — and joins the current iconic Dodge badging lineup, such as Scat Pack, Hellcat and Hellcat Redeye. The Hornet R/T rolls on standard 18-inch Graphite Grey alloy wheels (the GT features standard 17-inch silver alloy wheels). There will be seven exterior hues available, namely Acapulco Gold, Blu Bayou, Blue Steele, Gray Cray, Hot Tamale, Q Ball, and 8 Ball.
The all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet will be built at the Giambattista Vico Stellantis plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Naples, Italy. The 2023 Dodge Hornet GT will open for orders on August 17, 2022. The Dodge Hornet GT will begin arriving in dealer showrooms in late 2022, with the Dodge Hornet R/T scheduled to hit showrooms in spring 2023.