American automotive icon Dodge has unveiled its first electrified vehicle, the Dodge Hornet plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV), while also announcing that the 2023 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger will be the last of their kind.
In a move that sends a clear signal that Dodge is moving forward, the Dodge Hornet PHEV will be introduced to the compact utility vehicle (CUV) segment at the same time as two of its most iconic models will carry the commemorative “Last Call” plague. the neighbourhood.
The new 2023 Dodge Hornet is a multi-energy powertrain model and will come in both a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine.
The Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV is the company’s first-ever electrified vehicle and is expected to become the most powerful utility vehicle in the segment, with more than 285 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of couple.
Unsurprisingly, however, the electrified Hornet offers just 50km of all-electric range thanks to its 15.5kWh lithium-ion battery powering a 90kW electric motor. The battery is mated to a 1.3 liter all-aluminium turbocharged engine, part of the Stellantis Global Small Engine (GSE) family.
The electrified Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and is also equipped with an on-demand “PowerShot” function that delivers an additional burst of 25 horsepower for 15 seconds, giving a full second off the acceleration time.
And for those who don’t want to beat everyone at the green light, the R/T PHEV comes with three hybrid driving modes: hybrid, electric and e-save.
“The electrified transformation of the Dodge brand is off the grid, with the all-new Dodge Hornet R/T representing Dodge’s first electrified performance vehicle,” said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand at parent company Stellantis.
“The Dodge Hornet is poised to shock the mainstream compact utility vehicle segment with looks, feel and performance that are unmistakably Dodge.
“Hornet shakes up the status quo with aggressive Dodge styling, the most power in the segment from our multi-energy lineup, the best driving dynamics, a full lineup of segment-exclusive performance features, the best standard technology, as well available factory-assisted performance upgrades from Direct Connection, and this is just the beginning of the Dodge brand’s electrification journey.”
Inside, the Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital cockpit cluster screen and 10.25-inch center display, and an Android-based Uconnect 5 infotainment system.
At this time, it appears that Dodge has not offered prices for the Dodge Hornet R/T PHEV – with the only price listed in the company’s official materials being for the base model Dodge Hornet GT with internal combustion engine (ICE). The GT is expected to go on sale for under $30,000 ($43,000), though it’s unclear why Dodge hasn’t listed pricing for the PHEV model.
The truth may simply be due to release dates, with orders for the Dodge Hornet GT already open and delivery expected by the end of the year, while delivery of the Hornet R/T is expected for northern spring in 2023.
Dodge also announced that the 2023 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger lineup will be the “Last Call” for both models, but will impress with seven 2023 special-edition models.
“We are celebrating the end of an era – and the start of a bright new electrified future – by staying true to our brand,” said Tim Kuniskis.
Each 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger vehicle will carry a “Last Call” plaque under the hood, while the seventh and final 2023 Dodge model will be the very last of its kind and will be unveiled at the 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, scheduled for November 1-4, 2022.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has written about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. Since 2012 he reports on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven. His favorite mode of transportation is his feet.