2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-in Hybrid : What We Know So Far

2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-in Hybrid – Dodge Hornet is a brand new compact SUV, that is set to join the Dodge lineup in the fall of 2022, Motor1 reported in August 2021. According to an article that was soon followed by MoparInsiders The 2023 Dodge Hornet will be included in a new two-year program known as “Never Lift.” Reviving the name of the company’s small, boxy SUV concept that was introduced at 2006’s Geneva Motor Show, the new model will be offered with plug-in hybrid technology.

2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid
2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid

2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-in Hybrid Changes


MoparInsiders reported that the Hornet will represent the initial Dodge PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Because Dodge is striving to be seen as a brand that is performance-oriented that is why it will follow the model of Alfa Romeo Tonale’s ‘Q4 system. It includes a bigger 15.5 kWh battery rather than Comppass’s 11.4 kWh battery. To give you an idea the Tonale PHEV model comes with an all-wheel-drive version with a 272 horsepower powertrain and a six-speed automated torque converter. It is the U.S.-spec Tonale PHEV’s expected pure electric range is around 30 miles, and this will be similar to this model. 2023 Dodge Hornet.

New Design

The media leaks of 2023’s Dodge Hornet has revealed that it’s nothing like the concept from 2006. It’s just a revamped Alfa Romeo Tonale with Dodge badges. Contrary to its concept counterpart, the actual Hornet is a larger model that has a lot of creases and curves, elegant lighting, and raked D-pillars that show its athletic look, however, the downside lies in the fact that this isn’t an official Dodge model.


Dodge appears to have tweaked the headlamp, and also added Hood scoops. Carscoops released the first images of the Hornet on May 9th, 2022, as the test mules were spotted in Michigan. The Hornet has different headlamp clusters, which would be in compliance with U.S. regulations. The main distinction between the two is the grille, as well as the wheel size. The spy shots show simple upper and lower air intakes.

2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid Price
2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid Price

Side & Rear

While the Tonale has low-profile tires wrapped around machine-cut alloys while the Hornet test mule came with wheels of a smaller diameter. The rear looks almost identical in all other respects, with the exception of the bumper. While the design and size of the front bumper appear similar, the feel is quite distinct. The Tonale has a high-gloss rear bumper that is a bit more expensive; it’s the Dodge test mule has revealed its basic hard-plastic component. It is important to note that test models do not represent the final design and therefore, no conclusive conclusions can be drawn from spy photos.


The interior features are similar to both the 2023 Dodge Hornet and Alfa Romeo Tonale. A spy image that autopareri.com recently published shows that the dashboard to the central console the instrument cluster, the AC vents, as well as the transmission tunnel, look similar. One noticeable distinct difference is in the cap on the center of the wheel which is blessedly decorated with the Dodge logo. It’s racing stripes. In addition, it is expected that the Hornet is anticipated to come with UConnect 5 connectivity platform on its 10.25-inch infotainment system as well as the 12.3-inch digital display. UConnect 5 delivers faster-operating speeds and is able to support a range of new connectivity and convenience car features. The features are activated via a Telematics Box Module, which is capable of receiving the over-the-air (OTA) notifications. It also includes Amazon Alexa natural language voice support, as well as remote functions such as engine start and door lock/unlock as well as SOS calls in addition to other functions by means of a smartphone application. In the meantime, anticipate seeing the 2023 Dodge Hornet support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as wireless charging.


It is expected that the 2023 Dodge Hornet is expected to come with levels 2 autonomous driving. It will borrow driver-assistance technology (ADAS) that are used by Alfa Romeo. The ADAS will feature features like Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (IACC), Lane Centering (LC), and Traffic Jam Assist (JTA), which automatically adjusts the direction and speed, keeping the vehicle at the center of its lane, and in a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, to ensure the safety and comfort of its occupants.

Driver Attention Assist, alerts the driver when they’re drowsy. Automatic Emergency Braking, warns the driver of the danger and applies the brakes to prevent the risk of collision with a pedestrian or cyclist. Blind Spot Detection detects blind spots in the rear and warns approaching vehicles to avoid collisions; Rear Cross Path detection, which alerts motorists to vehicles coming from the sides when reversing, and also a high-resolution 360-degree camera with a dynamic grid must be a part of the equipment.


According to a report by Passione Auto Italiane, the production of the Dodge Hornet will take place along with the production of the Alfa Romeo Tonale at the Giambattista Vico plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy. The company has no plans to launch the smaller SUV within Europe however according to the report. Dodge’s main market remains to be in the United States, where the brand is planning to introduce electric motor car models that are based on the STLA Large platform starting in around two years. The first electric vehicle launched comes with that the Ram Promaster Electric in 2023. Kuniskis has said (referring to the first spy photos from Europe) in the interview that the beans had already been divulged about the manufacturing location of its forthcoming PHEV (interview below link) Indirectly confirming this. Dodge Hornet would be made in Stellaris. Stellaris manufacturing facility in Italy and delivered across America.

2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid Specs
2023 Dodge Hornet Plug-In Hybrid Specs

2023 Dodge Hornet Release Date

On April 26th, 2022, Kuniskis went online along with Bill Goldberg to felicitate Dodge’s new Chief Donut Maker (reality drifting that resembles TV), Preston Patterson. After a Q&A discussion in front of reporters, the CEO said that Dodge would be returning to the “small, small space this summer with the Hornet model, which will be getting the PHEV version, according to Autoblog’s article from April 27th, 2022. The plug-in hybrid SUV is expected to be announced in August 2022.