Dodge has announced its newest electric vehicle, the Dodge Hornet 2023.
The 2023 Hornet is built on the same architecture as the Alfa Romeo Tonale that will arrive early next year. Depending on the angle, Hornet reminds us of a smaller Durango. Stylistically, it’s easy to spot Dodge’s signature.
An electrified R/T model:
Dodge is proud to offer the most powerful compact SUV in its segment. Even in a niche where pragmatism is the name of the game, Dodge strives to differentiate itself through performance. Under the bonnet of the R/T version is a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, a 90 kW electric motor, and a 15 kWh battery. According to the manufacturer’s estimates, the technology offers the possibility of up to 50 km of all-electric driving.
The whole thing develops 285 hp and 383 lb-ft. Thanks to the electrical system, the PowerShot function can achieve an additional 25 hp on request. The car only takes 6.2 seconds to reach a speed of 97 km / h.
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A more refined GT version:
As an entry model, Dodge offers a GT version. The base price for the Canadian market is less than $40,000. It is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo hurricane engine. It produces 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. Tuned to run on premium petrol (91 octane rating), this engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The GT version reaches 97 km/h in 6.5 seconds.
With both the GT and R/T versions, the new Hornet comes standard with a four-wheel drive. Both versions can tow up to 907 kilograms. On board, the Hornet features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver’s eyes. It also benefits from the Uconnect 5 infotainment system and a 10.25-inch touch screen.
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A resurrection of the GLH?
At the Hornet unveiling, Dodge also unveiled a concept version of a Hornet GT GLH. This acronym, “Goes Like Hell,” was the performance version of the Dodge Omni from the 1980s. Customized by Direct Connection, this concept gets a lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, a less restrictive exhaust system, and decorative stripes. Without mentioning further details, the American manufacturer suggested that the power-to-weight ratio was more interesting with the Hornet GT GLH.
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Dodge hopes to begin production of the Hornet GT in the final quarter and ship the first units in December of this year. He will have to wait until spring 2023 for the R/T version to arrive.