This is definitely before Dodge wants anyone to see it.
It's been rumored for several months that Dodge will revive the Hornet nameplate as a new SUV for the 2023 model year. In fact, a trademark application was filed by the automaker back in 2020 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for naming rights. And then we learned the Hornet will be a heavily rebadged version of the just-revealed Alfa Romeo Tonale plug-in hybrid crossover.
Today, it appears two images of an uncamouflaged 2023 Hornet have leaked on social media. The first image shows the front end with a very similar design to that of the Tonale. Despite the lack of focus, the Hornet's headlight design is somewhat unique and the large Alfa Romeo "Trefoil" triangular grille is obviously absent.
There's also a pair of hood vents and the hood itself is notably more sculpted than the Alfas. Those vents are, more than likely, just for show, just as they are on the Kia Stinger. But they still look cool.
The single interior image shows a similar though still restyled layout compared to what's inside the Alfa. There are no paddle shifters on either side of the steering wheel and there's a redesigned HVAC section beneath the touchscreen. Even the steering wheel itself is identical to the Tonale's with the exception of the Dodge double slash emblem placed in the center. Other known Hornet details include an optional all-wheel drive system.
We don't know just yet whether the Tonale's optional 2.0-liter turbo-four with 256 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque will be available on the Hornet, which should have 272 hp with the PHEV setup and a 30-mile all-electric range. The Hornet will serve as a replacement for the Dodge Journey, which ceased production in 2020 following an 11-year production run.
Like the Tonale, the Hornet will be built at the Pomigliano D'Arco assembly plant in Italy. Assuming all goes to plan, a debut should happen in the next few months and sales are likely to get underway sometime in late summer or fall.