2023 Dodge Hornet Lands With Italian Looks, 285HP Electrified R/T And Sub-$30,000 Starting Price


The 2023 Dodge Hornet has landed, bringing the automaker into a new segment of the market and set to reach dealers in December.

Two variants of the Alfa Romeo Tonale-based Hornet will be offered. The flagship model will be the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid. It features a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine working alongside an electric motor at the rear axle with 121 hp (90 kW). All up, the Dodge Hornet R/T is good for a combined 288 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Working alongside the 1.3-liter is a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power through all four wheels.

Dodge has equipped the Hornet R/T with a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a starter generator that delivers torque to the engine belt, aiding in dynamic response and recharging of the battery. It can travel up to 30 miles (48 km) on electric power alone.

The Hornet R/T also features an intriguing ‘PowerShot’ feature that provides an extra 25 hp for up to 15 seconds. Dodge says it shaves off one whole second in the sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) and is activated by pulling both paddle shifters and performing a pedal kickdown.

Three hybrid driving modes are also available. In standard ‘Hybrid Mode’, the engine and motor combine to produce maximum efficiency. In ‘Electric Mode’, the SUV operates solely on electric power (go figure…) while in ‘E-Save Mode’, priority is given to the 1.3-liter engine to present battery charge. Regenerative braking is also feature.

The second version is the entry-level Dodge Hornet GT. It features the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Hurricane4 engine rated at 268 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. It rocks a nine-speed automatic and is also all-wheel drive. This version can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.5 seconds.

As standard, the Hornet R/T rides on 18-inch Graphite Grey wheels while the GT has larger 17-inch Silver alloy wheels. Both variants are available with a Blacktop package that adds 18-inch Abyss alloy wheels, gloss black badging and mirror caps, and gloss black painted day light opening moldings. A Track Package has also been announced with 20-inch wheels and various performance upgrades, include dual-stage-valve suspension with customizable damping.

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