2023 Dodge Hornet: Everything we know about design and tonal clonal


The story features independent images created by CarScoops artist Josh Byrnes based on 2023 Hornet testers captured by our spy photographers, as well as a leaked video of a prototype model that was recently released online. Renders are not Dodge related or approved

We’ve seen leaks and spy shots and come to the same conclusion: the 2023 Dodge Hornet Compact Crossover is an Alpha Romeo tunnel in pull. This is a risky move for Stellantis because Alfa Romeo is considered a luxury player in the US against the likes of BMW and Audi, so why thin it out following the badge-engineered Dodge?

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The answers are a little vague; Perhaps Stellantis is rationing the development of ICE platforms to save costs and invest more in battery-electric mobility, or trying to reduce their overall MPG numbers? No doubt we will find out in due course. Until then, however, let’s explore the differences between Dodge and its Italian stability by example.

Take a double

No wonder the design story is basically an Alpha Romeo guess. The Dodge Hornet is distinguished by a new front fascia like the charger SRT sedan and the Durango SUV. While the Alpha gets three Hawk-Eye LED DRL segments in each headlamp, the Detroit version has a horizontal light signature to emphasize the width.

The hood has been re-styled with twin fox vents to indicate descent with the Dodge muscle car lineup. Elsewhere, dodge pure tonal, in small details. Spy shots indicate that the two SUVs share the same rear end, although the Hornet will have different taillight lenses.

Italian interior

Aside from the badges and trimming, there is no significant difference between the lower interior of the Prototype 2023 Dodge Hornet and the upper Alfa Romeo Tonal.

Clone and repeat? Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. Inside, everything is carried from tonal, the main differences come down to cheaper materials, different trim and dodge-specific branding.

The Cabin Goody will include a configurable 12.5-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Wireless phone mirroring and charging is available, such as Level 2 semi-autonomous driver support such as lane-centering and traffic jam support.

Under the skin

Surprisingly, the Hornet sits on a highly reworked platform that underpins other Stellantis Group products, such as the Jeep’s compass. No prize will be a mirror of Tonale for guessing the original dimension. The length is 178.4 inches (4,530 mm), 63.0 inches and it is 72.4 inches (1,840 mm) wide with a wheelbase 103.8 inches (2,636 mm).

The Alpha Dynasty will provide European-level handling, with a fast 13.6: 1 steering ratio, optional adaptive damper in Brembo brakes, torque vectoring and high-series variants.

An electrified standpoint

2023 Dodge Hornet will share its Powertrain lineup with the new Alfa Romeo Tonal below

The title of the Powertrain story will be a turbocharged, 1.3-liter gasoline coupled to an electric motor on the rear axle. The electric driving range from the 15.5 kWh battery is 37 miles (60 km). In tonal, this PHEV setup produces a total system output of 272 hp (201 kW). The same PHEV setup is also available on the Zip Compass 4xe, although with slightly lower power and battery power, which will probably be the case with Hornet to justify the high price tag of the tonal.

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Other engines will probably include a regular 1.5-liter four-jet engine mated to a 48-volt 15kW electric motor and a 256hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-feeding power a nine-speed auto and all-wheel drive sidewalk. . Drive

Rival, price and expression

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Depending on the market, Hornet’s main competitors will be Jeep Compass, Honda CR-V, Ford Bronco Sport, Escape / Kuga, Mazda CX-5 and CX-50, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Mitsui. Eclipse Cross and Nissan Rogue.

Although the price hasn’t been announced yet, Hornet is expected to drop in the $ 25,000- $ 30,000 range below its alpha siblings. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis recently confirmed that the new Hornet will be released in August, with sales expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

Has the Dodge Hornet gone too far with a badge-engineering exercise? We would like to hear your opinion in the comments below.

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