We got our first look at the Dodge Hornet GT at the 2023 North Texas Auto Show a few weeks ago - and now it's "Swarming the Nation" in a new ad campaign that officially introduces the all-new compact SUV.
Dodge Hornet vs Alfa Romeo Tonale
The Dodge Hornet is built on the same platform as the new Alfa Romeo Tonale and based on our first-hand look at both models, you can definitely tell the two are related. Just check out the interior comparison photos below, the Alfa Romeo Tonale is shown on the right, the Dodge Hornet on the left.
Given the shared powertrain, the Hornet will be built alongside the Tonale at the Giambattista Vico Stellantis plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Naples, Italy.
The Tonale is only offered as a plug-in hybrid here in the U.S., but the Hornet offers two variants including a gas model.
The Hornet comes as a gas only GT and a plug-in hybrid R/T model. In terms of branding, the Hornet is the first Dodge branded vehicle to wear the Rhombi logo.
Dodge says the Hornet delivers class-exclusive and best-in-class performance features that optimize multiple aspects of the vehicle, from powertrain to suspension, braking, steering and handling.
The Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid is the brand's first electrified, performance vehicle. With 288 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, it can reach 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds with an on-demand PowerShot feature, which Dodge says makes the Hornet R/T the quickest and most powerful utility vehicle in the segment.
"As our first ever electrified performance vehicle to enter the market, the all-new Dodge Hornet signals that a new breed of electrified performance is here, and it is here to change the game," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis. "With looks, feel and performance that are pure Dodge, the Hornet offers 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, the Dodge Hornet is uniquely positioned to shake up the mainstream compact-utility vehicle (CUV) segment."
The R/T is also equipped with standard AWD with dynamic torque vectoring, and available features, like Brembo brakes and dual stage suspension. It offers 30 miles of all-electric range via a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery
The Hornet GT variant is the segment's fastest sport utility vehicle under $30,000 thanks to its Hurricane4 (2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder) engine. The powertrain delivers 268-horses and 295 pound-feet of torque.
You can build and price your Dodge Hornet at Dodge.com. The Hornet GT reaches dealers in early spring, and the electrified R/T arrives in late spring.
Photo Credit: Stellantis.