Though it’s discontinuing two muscle cars as we know them today, Dodge is resurrecting the Hornet nameplate, this time for use on a subcompact SUV. Following the release of its corporate cousin, the Alfa Romeo Tonale, Dodge finally took the wraps off the Hornet. Two main configurations will be available, with the gas-powered GT variant going on sale late in 2022 and the PHEV G/T model coming in spring 2023.
The Hornet GT comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Dodge offers dual-stage-valve shocks that change stiffness with the selected drive mode. When equipped, they help the SUV achieve a 6.5-second 0-60 mph time.
The Hornet R/T comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine and a 90-kW electric motor on the rear axle. The system produces a combined 285 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, which reaches all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. A temporary “PowerShot” feature cranks out an additional 25 horsepower from the electric motor, which cuts a full second off the SUV’s 0-60 mph time. The system works for 15 seconds and then requires a 15-second cooldown before additional use.
Dodge equips every 2023 Hornet with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, and a lane support system. A Level 2 autonomous driving assistant is available, along with adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a lane control system with traffic jam assist.
A large 10.25-inch touchscreen comes standard and combines with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for a total of 22.5 inches of screen. The touchscreen runs Uconnect 5, Stellantis’ latest infotainment interface. It’s now Android-based, which brings customizable layouts and the ability to pair two phones simultaneously.