Dodge Hornet

The Dodge Hornet (concept in top photo) is expected to share an architecture with the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV above.

Tim Kuniskis, the Dodge brand CEO, has confirmed that Dodge plans both plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles. “I think we’ve actually even said when we get back into the small compact space this summer when we launch the Hornet, we will have a PHEV or variant of that,” said Kuniskis, referencing the abbreviation for plug-in hybrid. The Hornet is expected to share an architecture with the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV, which debuted in February and is planned for launch in the United States early next year. The Tonale, which is being built in Italy, will feature a plug-in hybrid version and feature a lower price tag than other Alfa Romeo models. The Hornet dates to the Hudsons of the 1950s, and carried over to American Motors Corp. when Hudson and Nash merged. AMC used the name on a line of compact cars in the 1970s, and AMC was eventually acquired by Chrysler. The Hornet name was resurrected by FCA in 2006, when it unveiled a Dodge Hornet concept at the Geneva Auto Show. The company called the 170-horsepower subcompact hatchback concept “an ideal combination of American fun and European function.”

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