In the USA, a big premiere: for the first time in the last 12 years, a new model under the Dodge brand is presented here! The Dodge Hornet crossover has become the most compact and affordable car under this historic brand. But in all official materials, the Americans diligently bypass the origin of the car. After all, in fact, the new Dodge Hornet is a converted European crossover Alfa Romeo Tonale, which debuted earlier this year. Moreover, Tonale will also be sold in the United States. But such a relationship is any better than the transformation of the Chinese GAC crossover into new Dodge Journey for mexico
Alfa Romeo Tonale
The name Hornet (“Hornet”) is taken from the rich heritage of the Stellantis concern. The Hudson Hornet model was produced from 1950 to 1957, but then the Hudson brand became part of AMC (American Motors Corporation), and in 1987 it was bought by Chrysler. The Dodge brand used the name Hornet to refer to special configurations of its cars, and in 2006 the Dodge Hornet concept car appeared. The premiere of the compact hatchback took place at the Geneva Motor Show, but this project was not developed.
The new Dodge Hornet, 4.5 m long, differs from the original Alpha only in the necessary design elements. Instead of a “beak” – a characteristic horizontal slot between the headlights, and instead of stylized sections of running lights and taillights – straight LED strips. New wheels and a front bumper were installed, additional air ducts were made in the hood.
The interior has also been changed with little bloodshed. Instead of round ventilation deflectors, pentagonal ones appeared, the upper trim of the front panel was redone, and the engine start button moved from the steering wheel to the center console. It became less emotional. The media system with a 10.25-inch screen is now called Uconnect 5, although there are no fundamental changes. The basic seats are upholstered in Alcantara, for a surcharge – a leather interior.
Technically the Hornet and Tonale are also the same, but only the most powerful powerplants are reserved for the Dodge. The base Hornet GT has a 2.0-litre Hurricane (GSE-series) petrol turbo engine, although its power has been increased from 256 hp to 1000 rpm. Alpha has up to 269 hp Torque – 400 Nm. The crossover has a nine-speed “automatic” ZF and all-wheel drive with a clutch on the rear axle, acceleration time to 60 miles per hour (97 km / h) – 6.5 seconds.
The alternative is the Dodge Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid, which has won the laurels of the brand’s first electrified car. The front wheels are powered by a 1.3 petrol turbo four of the same GSE series in tandem with a six-speed automatic, while the rear wheels are driven by a separate electric motor (122 hp). Peak system power – 289 hp vs. 275 hp in a similar Alpha, and the torque is 519 Nm.
Traction battery blocks are located in the central tunnel and under the rear sofa, their total capacity is 15.5 kWh, the declared range on pure electric traction (that is, in rear-wheel drive mode) is 48 km on the American cycle, while Tonale promises up to 60 km on the European cycle. You can charge the battery from the terminal in 2.5 hours. And for Dodge, a PowerShot mode has been prepared, in which the electric motor can produce an additional 25 hp for 15 seconds. In this case, acceleration to 97 km / h will take 6.1 seconds, but this mode can only be activated again after a break: the electric motor and battery need at least 15 seconds to cool down.
Like Alfa Romeo, the new Dodge has Koni amplitude-dependent dampers and basic 17-inch wheels. The hybrid Hornet R/T is fitted with 18-inch wheels and Brembo four-piston brakes up front. For an extra charge, the Track Pack is offered, which includes 20-inch wheels and distinctive decor. And the richness of the assortment of branded accessories under the Direct Connection brand is intended to show the Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept, the name of which is encrypted “Goes Like Hell”.
The Hornet will be built in Italy, on the same line at the Pomigliano d’Arco plant where Tonale is made. Crossovers will go on sale in the US in December, with the base Hornet GT priced under $30,000. The hybrid Hornet R/T will arrive next spring.