Dodge is set to release the new 2023 Hornet subcompact SUV this spring, and it’s already generating a buzz. Based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale, the Hornet will come in two models: the base model Hornet GT and the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid. While the pricing for the Hornet might seem ambitious, especially for a subcompact SUV, Dodge is hoping that the combination of the Alfa Romeo platform and the plug-in hybrid powertrain will make the Hornet a hit.
The Hornet GT: A Turbocharged Powertrain and Advanced Technology
The Hornet GT is the base model for the new subcompact SUV. It features a turbocharged inline-four engine that produces 268 horsepower, with an updated powertrain that offers 3 more horsepower than originally estimated. The GT comes standard with a 10.3-inch touchscreen, cloth seats, 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and more. The GT Plus upgrade adds leather seats that are heated and cooled up front, a sunroof, a power liftgate, navigation, and more. There are also packages available, including the Track Pack with larger wheels and tires, adaptive dampers, and upgraded interior trim, the Blacktop package with dark trim, and the Tech Pack with driver-assistance features. The starting price for the Hornet GT is $31,590.
The Hornet R/T: A Quicker and More Fuel-Efficient Option
The Hornet R/T is the plug-in hybrid model, which is expected to be quicker than the GT and offer an estimated 30 miles of electric driving. The R/T’s powertrain is a combination of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and an electric motor that produces a total output of 288 horsepower, with an updated powertrain that offers 3 more horsepower than originally estimated. The R/T starts at $41,590, a mere $3000 less than its Alfa Romeo sibling, which only comes as a PHEV. The R/T Plus adds equipment and starts at $46,590, and is available with the same options and packages as the GT.
The Hornet: Orders Now Open
Dodge has opened orders for the Hornet GT, with the models arriving at dealerships in early spring. The Hornet R/T hybrid will follow a few months later, with ordering information to be available at a later date. With the combination of the Alfa Romeo platform and the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Hornet is expected to be a strong contender in the subcompact SUV market.
What is the starting price for the Dodge Hornet subcompact SUV?
The starting price for the Hornet GT, the base model, is $31,590.
What is the estimated electric driving range for the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid?
The Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid is estimated to offer 30 miles of electric driving.
When will the Hornet GT be available at dealerships?
Orders are now open for the Hornet GT, with the models arriving at dealerships in early spring.
When will the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid be available?
The Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid will be available a few months after the Hornet GT, with ordering information to be available at a later date.