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Just like Hollywood, car manufacturers love to revive titles that should be left to the annals of history. The Dodge Hornet is the latest name to be brought back from the dead only to be reincarnated as something entirely different from the original. Back in 2020, we heard rumors that the famed Hornet could be returning to the Dodge family, and in 2021 that rumor was confirmed. Since then we've learned that the new Hornet will be returning as an SUV, and not just any SUV: it's going to be based on the rather attractive Alfa Romeo Tonale. Fast forward to February, and we actually managed to grab a few leaked spy shots of the new car. Now that the Hornet is well and truly out of the hive, Dodge has officially announced a reveal date.
The reborn Hornet is set to be revealed this August. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis confirmed the news to Automotive News, saying that the brand's first-ever plug-in hybrid could debut during the popular Speed Week celebration that takes place during the Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights events. The new Hornet will set a new benchmark for Dodge, which has gone from budget beater products, to a lineup studded with performance machines. The brand is now looking towards a greener future, starting with the Hornet plug-in hybrid. Kuniskis did however signal a warning that no plans can be set in stone, as the entire Stellantis group is still suffering from supply-chain setbacks and the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.
If the Alfa Romeo Tonale is anything to go on, the Hornet will be one zippy little critter. The Tonale comes powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 90 kW electric motor paired with a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery for a total power output of 272 horsepower, and an electric range of 30 miles. A traditional turbo-four producing 256 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque will also be offered in the Alfa Romeo Tonale. The Hornet is expected to be built alongside the Tonale in Italy, and we're hoping to see it on US roads by 2023.