With Alfa Romeo set to introduce a new subcompact SUV with the Tonale, Dodge is looking to capitalize on the new platform with the introduction of the 2023 Hornet. While Dodge hasn’t confirmed the upcoming Hornet existence or that it’s working on a new subcompact SUV, the American automaker has confirmed that a new plug-in hybrid is coming for the 2023 model year. Reports all point toward the new plug-in hybrid powertrain debuting in the 2023 Dodge Hornet.
We’re not sure what the 2023 Dodge Hornet will look like. The only image we’ve seen of the vehicle is from Stellantis’ EV Day 2021 Presentation. The image provided a computer-generated silhouette of the subcompact SUV and didn’t reveal a lot of the vehicle’s features. We expect the SUV to have the same overall sweeping design as the upcoming Tonale, but have muscular lines, a chunky bumper, and a large grille that’s inspired by the Dodge Durango.
Dodge hasn’t released any images of the 2023 Hornet’s interior. If the upcoming SUV shares the same overall design as the Tonale, it will have a sporty, upscale look. The tiered dashboard, slim row of controls for the HVAC system, and infotainment display that’s tacked onto the dashboard will give the Hornet a premium look. With an eye on sportiness, the Hornet could have large shift paddles, a prominent drive mode selector, and a thick steering wheel.
There’s no information on what kind of tech features the 2023 Dodge Hornet will come with. There’s a good chance that the Hornet will come with the same features as the Tonale. We expect the Hornet to be available with a 10.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Google Assistant connectivity, and the Uconnect 5 infotainment system.
All we really know about the 2023 Hornet is that it will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Rumors point toward the Hornet coming with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two-electric motor setup as the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. Dodge could remove one of the electric motors to reduce output, as the powertrain makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The other possibility is that the Hornet borrows the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Tonale. Alfa’s SUV is available with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor for a combined output of 272 hp. The Tonale also comes with a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. All-wheel drive should be standard with the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Information on what kind of safety features the Hornet will come with is scarce. As a modern vehicle, we expect the tiny Dodge to come with things like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning as standard equipment. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control should at least be available as options.