Dodge has unveiled the new Hornet compact crossover. It is built using badging engineering on the basis of the Tonale model produced by Alfa Romeo, which, together with Dodge, is part of the Stellantis concern. Hornet was not only the brand’s first brand new model in many years, but also the first in its history to receive a plug-in hybrid power plant. In addition to it, the crossover also has a modification with a traditional gasoline turbo engine.
The top-of-the-line Hornet R/T, which Dodge calls the “Hive Head” (hornet is translated from English as “hornet”), is equipped with a plug-in hybrid installation based on a 1.3-liter supercharged engine, which, together with a 122-horsepower electric motor, produces 289 forces and 519 Nm of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. The 15.5 kilowatt-hour battery allows you to drive up to 50 kilometers on electric traction.
This Hornet has a PowerShot feature that adds another 25 horsepower on a hard start, but only for 15 seconds. When activated, 60 miles per hour (97 km / h) SUV reaches 6.1 seconds instead of 7.1. Three operating modes of the unit are also provided: hybrid, all-electric and energy saving mode.
Gasoline Hornet GT, according to Dodge, is the fastest and most powerful crossover costing less than 30 thousand dollars (1.83 million rubles). It is driven by a Hurricane4 2.0 turbo four, working in tandem with a nine-speed automatic and delivering more than 269 horsepower (400 Nm of torque). Sport mode is also provided here: with it, the GT accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
Both powerplants are borrowed from Alfa Romeo Tonale, as is the independent suspension, Koni dampers and all-wheel drive system. But the PowerShot plug-in hybrid was added already in Dodge.
By default, the Hornet R/T is fitted with 18-inch Graphite Gray rims, Brembo front four-piston brake calipers and dual exhausts. A paid Track Pack will add 20-inch wheels, upgraded dampers and special styling.
Inside, the Dodge Hornet features a 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster, as well as a 10.25-inch Uconnect 5 multimedia system tablet with built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Also on the list of equipment is a premium Harman Kardon audio system with 14 speakers and a subwoofer, a second-level semi-automatic pilot that recognizes traffic signs, and other options.
Orders for the Hornet GT will begin to be accepted on August 17, and it will begin to arrive at dealers in December 2022. The Hornet R/T hybrid will be available in spring 2023.