According to the latest news, Dodge will bring the Hornet nameplate back from the dead. FCA applied trademarks for both “Hornet” and “Dodge Hornet” in the United States last year. Moreover, the company did the same in Mexico and Canada, as well. Unfortunately, this mini MPV concept was revealed in 2006, but following the 2009 financial crisis, the concept was pulled off from shelves. However, from the latest reports, the manufacturer will bring back this model next year, and it should be called the 2022 Dodge Hornet.
Unlike the concept model, the new one will continue in the form as an SUV. Moreover, thanks primarily to the first renderings, we can imagine how the Dodge Hornet might look like.
2022 Dodge Hornet Exterior
First of all, the upcoming 2022 Dodge Hornet design is entirely different compared to the concept one. Basically, it comes in the form of an SUV, and it could share a platform with the upcoming Alfa Tonale model. However, in terms of design, it looks similar to the latest Dodge Durango model.
Generally speaking, the forthcoming model will take over where the current Dodge Durango stall. It looks more attractive, featuring much sporty styling thanks to a better grille, full LED headlights/daytime running lights, and no less attractive wheels painted in black. We also strongly doubt that the Hornet will feature the same architecture as the upcoming Wagoneer, considering that many believe that it will.
Considering that the new 2022 Dodge Hornet will be heavily based on the Dodge Durango, we expect an identical interior. However, at this point, we are not sure if this model will come in the form of a two-row seater or three rows.
By the way, we should presume a pleasant inside, offering much better quality than many rivals. As the standard equipment, we can expect at least an satellite radio, four USB ports, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input, six speakers, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation. Driver aids like forward-collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring will be most likely offered as optional.
2022 Dodge Hornet Powertrain Specs
With the merger of FCA and PSA Group, the 2022 Dodge Hornet may use some proven existing engines. Generally speaking, the closest possibility is entry-level Dodge Durango powertrains. A 3.6-liter V6 powers this famous SUV, and it has an excellent output of 293 horsepower. The next possibility is a different agenda, a powerful V8 engine.
This unit is optional on the Durango model, and it consists of a 5.7-liter V8 delivering 360 horsepower, ideal for those requiring more power and better performance. Also, hybrid and even PHEV systems are rumored, but there is still no feedback from Dodge.
Release Date, Price
From many gossips, the comeback of the 2022 Dodge Hornet could happen sometime next year. However, considering that the officials are still quiet, we must wait a few months to find out more answers.
As we said, some of the renderings are available, and the new model could make a comeback as the SUV. Interestingly, many believe that it would use some of Durango’s engines and the same architecture.