Dodge Gives Us A Sneak Peek At It’s Newest SUV Offering For The Mexican Market:

This Isn't The Hornet...

The discontinuation of the Dodge Journey has left Dodge with a huge hole in its brand portfolio. With the plan to unveil an all-new Alfa Romeo Tonale-based SUV dubbed the Hornet next year, Dodge the brand is looking to fill in the gap with an exciting performance-based SUV offering. However, for Dodge’s Mexico division, they aren’t waiting for the Hornet to jump back into the midsized SUV market.

Teaser for the new Dodge-based GS5 SUV. (Dodge Mexico).

Instead, Dodge Mexico is giving us a sneak peek thanks to a couple of teaser images of the brand’s newest SUV for the Mexican market. The teaser images show a camouflaged SUV with the signature Dodge “race track” rear taillight design, which we all have come to love. 

Upon close inspection, the new Dodge SUV appears to be a rebadged version of the CAC-built Trumpchi GS5 compact crossover. GAC has a long-time relationship with the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), especially when it comes to the Jeep® brand, as a joint venture with FCA has GAC produce vehicles like the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, and Grand Commander for China.

2020 Trumpchi GS5. (GAC Motor).

The Trumpchi GS5’s architecture dates back to the Alfa Romeo 166, which was in production from 1996 to 2007. But while the architecture dates back to the mid-1990s, it has been updated several times. As for the GS5 itself, the version that we are seeing here in Dodge form was last updated in 2018.

A facelift for the 2021 model year was launched during the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, with the company changing the GS5’s name to the Trumpchi GS4 Plus.

Teaser for the new Dodge-based GS5 SUV. (Dodge Mexico).

In terms of size, the GS5 fits right between the Jeep Compass and the all-new Jeep Commander. We created a chart below comparing the three vehicles, so you can see the difference between them.

Dimensions Of The Trumpchi GS5 vs Jeep Compass vs Jeep Commander
Model: Trumpchi GS5 Jeep Compass (MP) Jeep Commander (H1)
Wheelbase: 2,710 mm (106.7 in) 2,640 mm (103.9 in) 2,794 mm (110.0 in)
Length:  4,695 mm (184.8 in) 4,420 mm (174.0 in) 4,769 mm (187.8 in)
Width: 1,885 mm (74.2 in) 1,820 mm (71.7 in) 1,859 mm (73.2 in)
Height: 1,726 mm (68.0 in) 1,650 mm (65.0 in) 1,682 mm (66.2 in)

The GS5 is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine delivering 166 horsepower (124 kW) and 195 ft-lb. (265 Nm) of torque. The engine is paired with either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The powertrain is good for around 33 MPG and does offer either front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD).

Several months ago, photos of the new Dodge-based SUV in camouflaged were posted on Twitter by @Puramasacrexion, showing the SUV on public roads near the Stellantis Mexican headquarters in Mexico City.

2020 Trumpchi GS5. (GAC Motor).

In an official release sent to us by Dodge Mexico, it states “A new Dodge SUV is yet to arrive, and in its testing phase, it shows some muscular and dynamic lines, typical of the American firm. Likewise, state-of-the-art headlamps, the characteristic Redline taillight, as well as the prominent front grille, will be the visual stars. 
The D-pillar was strategically designed to improve the coefficient of aerodynamic friction, as well as to provide greater visibility and avoid blind spots.
You will learn more about this all-new SUV shortly, which will usher in a new era for the Dodge brand.”

Teaser for the new Dodge-based GS5 SUV. (Dodge Mexico).

This is not the first time Dodge Mexico has rebranded vehicles from another automotive manufacturer and sold them under their banner. The subcompact Dodge Attitude in Mexico, started life as a Hyundai Accent for the first two generations of its life, while the current model spawns from the Mitsubishi Attrage. Also, the popular Dodge Neon nameplate was resurrected in Mexico thanks to the Fiat Tipo sedan for the past several years.

What do you think of the Trumpchi GS5 serving as a Dodge for the brand’s Mexican portfolio? Let us know in the comments below or the MoparInsiders forums.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Seems like a nice replacement for the Journey. Size (numbers) look pretty good. Seems like a good mid-size SUV. I think it maybe slightly bigger than my Cherokee. I hope the plans for the up coming American Hornet are this good size wise. Seems the Mexican market might be getting a good size, good looking SUV. Although it’s not a true Dodge, technically the Hornet won’t be either.

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Its definitely not for the U.S. or Canadian markets. The Hornet will be an interesting vehicle. Where the Journey was more focused as a value-based family hauler, the Hornet will be a straight performance-centered vehicle.

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I have sent you all pictures of this Trumpchi is the past haven't I?

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Mexico never fails to befuddle me, I just can’t understand the dynamics of its politics, economy or society. It seems to have so much going for it, but it remains a third world functional country in comparison to other Latin American nations like Argentina, Brazil and even Chile. Bringing this Dodge to market seems bold and autonomous in a business case, but the connection to the vehicle source seems to defy corporate continuity. Must be another Mexican befuddlement for me. It seems an aforementioned personal critique of the snails pace of the Chrysler Group NA has even frustrated the Mexicans. The agonizing development and roll out of Dodges and Chrysler’s is just worrisome to many who share a sense of.frustration about that obvious problem. Seems the Chinese, Brizilians and now even the Mexicans have taken a rebellious path to meeting their market needs without “Big Brother”. Very telling I would say.

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The market acceptance, expectations and certification for the markets mentioned is vastly different then USA/Canada. Chrysler corp,, DCX, FCA have a long history of filling those market with outsourced models. Only difference here is the use of a Chinese partner.

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