Dodge may revive the Hornet title as a PHEV crossover

Dodge is an fascinating automaker, because it’s continued forging forward with massive, V8-powered efficiency autos in an period when many firms are vowing to take away inner combustion engines from their automobiles altogether. 

So whereas we gained’t doubtless see an all-electric Dodge for at the very least a few years, the automaker is anticipated to prove a plug-in hybrid crossover in 2022 – which may revive a long-dead title from its historical past. 

Subsequent 12 months, we’re anticipating the launch of the Dodge Hornet PHEV crossover, a automobile that’s anticipated to share a lot of its engineering with different plug-in autos within the Stellantis catalog. 

Dodge’s father or mother firm, Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis), snapped up the Hornet trademark final 12 months, and the rumor mill has been churning away ever since. 

An announcement by Stellantis earlier in 2021 lent credibility to rumors speculating on the return of the Hornet title, for the reason that firm dedicated to having at the very least one PHEV within the lineups of all 14 of its manufacturers over the subsequent few years. Dodge’s half in that dedication was not too long ago revealed to be coming in 2022.

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The Hornet is predicted to interchange the three-row Journey in Dodge’s lineup, which was unloved by critics however a fast mover on sellers’ heaps. Even now, in 2021, the Journey has offered some 12,000 items – a full 12 months after it was discontinued. 

The unique Hornet was made by long-defunct AMC, which was purchased and folded into the Chrysler kingdom way back. That car was not a crossover, nevertheless, although it’s not exhausting to attract a line between its hatchback or wagon form and at this time’s interpretation of these sorts of autos. 

When it comes, the Hornet will fill a gap within the Dodge catalog, because the Durango is the model’s solely household mover in the intervening time.

So far as launch date and pricing, each are anyone’s guess at this cut-off date. Nonetheless, we all know that Dodge’s company cousin, Alfa Romeo, is launching its personal PHEV crossover in 2022. Referred to as the Tonale, the Alfa will doubtless precede any agency particulars we obtain on Dodge’s crossover, so we’ll be ready deep into 2022 on the earliest.