Dodge Hornet SUV with plug-in hybrid tech coming in 2022 – Report

Dodge Hornet, a new compact SUV, will join the Dodge line-up in fall 2022, says a report from Motor1. Reviving the name of the brand’s boxy small SUV concept (featured image) from the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, the compact SUV will be available with plug-in hybrid tech.

Autopareri forum moderator __P has posted a picture showing an internal document confirming a Dodge “C-UV” called Hornet in the pipeline. The same picture also reveals that the Hornet is getting a 2.0-liter engine, which could be the GMET4 turbocharged gasoline unit.

Dodge hasn’t launched a plug-in model, and MoparInsiders’ sources say that the Hornet will be the first Dodge PHEV. The Hornet PHEV may not employ the GSE 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine like the Compass, though. It could get the bigger 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine electrified similar to the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, MoparInsiders speculates.

2022 Jeep Compass 4xe PHEV front
The Dodge Hornet will be a C-segment SUV riding on the same platform as the Jeep Compass and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale – Small-Wide 4×4.

The performance limits of the 1.3-liter engine will not suit Dodge’s brand image in the market, and maybe that explains the company considering the GMET4 engine. However, from a commercial viewpoint, chances of taking a very different technical configuration from Jeep and Alfa Romeo’s compact PHEVs look slim.

According to a report from Passione Auto Italiane, the production of the Dodge Hornet will take place alongside the Alfa Romeo Tonale at the Giambattista Vico plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy. There’s no plan to launch the new compact Dodge in Europe, though, as per the report.