Dodge introduces the new 2023 Dodge Hornet, offering the fastest and most powerful compact utility vehicle (CUV) for less than $30,000. It was presented today at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, with three versions showing the brand’s new entrance Dodge in the CUV segment: the Dodge Hornet R/T.
“Dodge’s electrified transformation has already crossed the starting line, with the new Dodge Hornet R/T, the brand’s first electric performance vehicle,” said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of Dodge – Stellantis. “The Dodge Hornet is poised to shake up the compact utility vehicle market with a look, feel and performance that is unmistakably Dodge. Hornet arrives to shake up the existing status quo with aggressive styling, the highest horsepower figures in the segment courtesy of a lineup of multi-energy powertrains, best-in-class driving dynamics, a full lineup of exclusive performance-boosting items, standard technology and an extensive set of Direct Connection parts supported directly from the factory. This is just the beginning of the Dodge brand’s electrified journey.”
The bonnet integrates heat extractors for a sporty image, while the front receives a “mail slot” style grille opening integrated into the panel. The grille reinforces the horizontal front of the upper grille and headlight graphics, creating a serious and determined attitude. Flanked by two smaller inserts, these design elements convey a mission of performance and functionality while providing the muscular front end appearance typical of Dodge vehicles.
In the case of the Hornet R/T, this model receives a unique new blue lower cladding and rear apron with integrated dual exhaust ports. Distinctive headlamp headlights offer an unmistakable family image with LED reflectors and signature Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
At the rear, the Hornet’s Dodge identity comes through. The taillight runs the full width of the vehicle with the central Dodge diamond logo illuminated in red. Both items, while standard on all models, are also a subtle design nod to the Hornet R/T PHEV’s electrified performance.
Inside, the sporty cabin responds to the characteristic Dodge design in which the driver is the center of attention. Thus, the center console controls, display screens and other elements are subtly “tilted” towards the driver. The instrument panel has a padded reinforcement that extends throughout creating a feeling of lightness and visual spaciousness. Standard red stitching, visible on the center bolster, seats and armrest, contrasts with the black interior. Details on the air vents and center switches provide a fine technical detail that accentuates the sporty appearance of the interior.
The ignition control is prominently located in the striking center console. Control of vehicle performance-related settings is placed at your fingertips. This is a button located at the bottom of the flat-bottom steering wheel that allows drivers to choose between Sport and Standard driving modes for the Hornet GT and between hybrid driving modes on the R/T.
The Hornet’s interior is packed with premium touches including class-exclusive Alcantara leather sport seats with an embroidered Dodge diamond logo. The seats are available with the optional Track Pack and feature red accents that visually “pop” and fade gradually, accentuating the seats’ striking perforation. Leather seats are offered as standard on GT Pluys and R/T Plus trims.
With its two powertrain options, the all-new 2023 Hornet offers best-in-class standard performance and adds a new feature, called PowerShot, to increase the power of the R/T model, the company’s first electrified performance vehicle. brand.
The Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV achieves segment-leading performance with 285 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, figures that allow it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The R/T features a 1.3-liter turbocharged aluminum engine, part of the Global Small Engine (GSE) family, featuring exclusive third-generation MultiAir technology that improves combustion efficiency by adjusting lift and throttle. valve timing.
The Hornet R/T offers more than 30 miles of range in fully electric driving. An electric induction motor drives the rear axle. It is a 90 kW motor that can deliver 1,844 lb-ft. (2,500 Nm) of torque from 0 rpm. Power is further optimized by a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, equipped with a refrigerant gas circuit that keeps the battery at its optimal temperature for use. A starter generator delivers torque to the engine belt and aids in responsiveness and battery recharging. A high-power inverter and 7.4 kW charging module allow for complete operation in approximately 2.5 hours with a Level 2 charger. The R/T PHEV system is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Hornet R/T PHEV’s performance-focused Sport drive mode is actuated via a button on the center console. Pressing it releases the throttle for a more responsive throttle, optimizing the hybrid system’s shift mapping and power and torque delivery, and achieving a more communicative steering wheel feel.
Hornet R/T PHEV drivers also have the ability to select from three hybrid drive modes to suit their driving needs. Activated via a dedicated button conveniently located on the steering wheel, the available driving modes are:
- Hybrid Mode – Provides maximum combined efficiency between conventional motor and electric motor and minimizes fuel consumption by setting electric mode as priority until the battery reaches a predetermined minimum level.
- Electric Mode – Offers a zero-emission all-electric mode and automatically switches to hybrid when the battery runs low or when the driver requests additional power by depressing the accelerator pedal.
- E-Save Mode: Prioritizes the conventional motor to preserve battery charge, with a ‘Passive’ option, which maintains charge, and an ‘Active’ option, which helps recharge the battery.
The new 2023 Dodge Hornet will be built at the Giambattista Vico Stellantis plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Naples, Italy. Orders for the 2023 Dodge Hornet GT begin on August 17, 2022. The Dodge Hornet GT will begin arriving in dealerships later this year, while the Dodge Hornet R/T is scheduled to arrive in spring 2023.