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The 2023 Dodge Hornet has been unveiled with a name from the automotive industry’s past.
The Hudson Hornet was a full-sized car that rose to fame in NASCAR in the early 1950s and was incorporated into AMC along with the Hudson brand. It was followed by the AMC Hornet compact car lineup sold from 1970 to 1977.
Chrysler acquired its rival in 1987 and kept all the best equipment, including Jeep and a list of model names, passed on to Dodge’s current parent company, Stellantis.
The Dodge Hornet falls somewhere between its predecessors as a compact SUV that is based on the recently introduced Alfa Romeo Tonale, but was redesigned and redesigned to make it look more like a Dodge.
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The exterior features a grille and headlights that give it a Dodge family face, along with the brand’s signature full-width taillights. The interior styling continues the sports car vibe with dual digital displays, a center console that tilts towards the driver’s seat, silver trim and accent stitching.
Two powertrain options are available, both with standard four-wheel drive.
The entry-level Hornet GT starts under $30,000 and comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder dubbed the Hurricane that has over 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful compact SUV for the price.
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Dodge says the Hornet GT can accelerate to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and will offer performance parts that allow owners to tune the engine to over 300 horsepower, add a freer-flowing exhaust and lower the suspension for better handling.
It shows some of the upgrades with a Hornet GT GLH Concept. GLH is short for “goes like hell” and is a tip of the hat for the 1980s Dodge Omni GLH, the quintessential American hot hatchback of the time. Dodge plans to offer a package in the future that includes many of the accessories and the GLH graphics.
The Hornet GT will be followed next year by the Hornet R/T which will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with an electric drivetrain for a total system horsepower of more than 285 horsepower and 383 pound-feet .
The Hornet R/T also has a PowerShot feature that boosts power by 25 horsepower in 15 second bursts when the driver pulls both steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and depresses the accelerator at the same time, with a 15 second cool down period required between shots.
The Hornet R/T, which is driven more gently, is expected to cover more than 30 miles in all-electric mode between charges. A Track Pack option is available for both models, which adds computer-controlled suspension, 20-inch performance wheels and other equipment.
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The Hornet GT is scheduled to hit showrooms in December and will be followed in the spring by the Hornet R/T at an undisclosed price.