The Dodge PHEV will allegedly use the Hornet name, which last appeared on a 2006 concept car, and will be based on the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale, shown as a concept back in 2019.
Mopar Insiders says the Hornet's plug-in-hybrid drivetrain will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four as its gasoline engine.
Stellantis recently confirmed plans for upcoming electric and hybrid vehicles, including Alfa Romeo’s electric future, a Jeep EV due to arrive in 2023, and a plug-in-hybrid Dodge that will debut next year. We had initially speculated that the Dodge PHEV could be based on the Durango, given that the similarly sized Jeep Grand Cherokee will soon get a plug-in setup, but a new report from Mopar Insiders claims that the Dodge PHEV will instead be a new crossover model called the Hornet.
Dodge last used the Hornet name back in 2006 on a compact hatchback concept (pictured at top). The styling of the new Hornet will certainly be different, and this time the nameplate will reportedly be used for a small crossover based on the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale, expected to launch next year as well. Both these hybrid models are expected to have a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine, and it's possible that nonhybrid versions may appear as well. All-wheel drive will likely be available.
The Hornet will allegedly be built alongside the Tonale in Italy, with production beginning in mid-2022 before the Hornet arrives in dealerships in the fall of 2022 for the 2023 model year. Dodge has not confirmed any of the information in the Mopar Insiders report, but if it holds true, it won’t be too long before we see the Hornet and Tonale siblings.
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