On Tuesday, Stellantis revealed its financials for the first half of 2021 during an online presentation to the media and its investors. During that presentation, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares expanded on details that were discussed during the EV Day 2021 presentation last month.
“I would also like to bring to you, additional information based on the feedback I got from the EV Day. Where some of you were saying that you wanted to know more about the launch calendar about our electrified models,” Tavares said. Pulling a slide listing the 14 different brands under the Stellantis banner, Tavares highlighted an additional 21 electrified products to be launch over the next 24 months.
Among the brands getting an electrified vehicle variant is the Dodge brand. During the EV Day 2021 presentation, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis talked about the brand embracing electrification for its performance line of muscle cars starting in 2024. However, this particular vehicle will be one of 9 new plug-in electric (PHEV) vehicles for the company and set to launch in 2022, making it Dodge’s first production PHEV vehicle.
According to our sources, the vehicle in question is the upcoming 2023 Dodge Hornet SUV. You might remember, we briefly touched on the new Hornet in a previous post. The new compact SUV will be a similar size to the current Jeep Compass and will be based on the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale. In fact, it will be manufactured alongside the Tonale in Italy. That’s right, an Italian-built Dodge SUV.
Internally known as “GG” or “5920”, the new Hornet will ultimately be a replacement for the recently discontinued Dodge Journey, despite it only being a two-row variant.
But just because the Hornet is compact, doesn’t mean it won’t be fun to drive. One of our sources has indicated that the Hornet will be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder found under the hood of a lot of popular Chrysler Group vehicles. The powerplant delivers 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque in vehicles like the Wrangler, proving that it will be no slouch. The 2.0-liter is also can be found in the electrified Wrangler 4xe PHEV, leading us to believe that the 2.0-liter could follow the same route as the Wrangler 4xe’s PHEV system.
The Tonale is scheduled to feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid technology. However, we aren’t sure just yet if that engine will be included in the Hornet’s lineup for various global markets.
For those who are avid adventurers, the Hornet will offer all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability.
The Journey represented the Dodge brand in several markets where the Charger, Challenger, and Durango were not. Again, we aren’t sure of Dodge’s plan on just how the new Hornet might be playing for the brand in the global marketplace.
Our sources tell us that the Hornet will start production sometime in mid-2022 and be hitting dealer showrooms in the fall of 2022 as a 2023 model. The new Dodge SUV will be built at the Pomigliano D’Arco (Naples) plant in Italy alongside the new Tonale
Be sure to stay tuned to MoparInsiders.com, for the latest information and news surrounding the upcoming Dodge Hornet.