2023 Dodge Hornet: Release Date, Price, and Specs

The small crossover segment is very popular these days, and Dodge aims to capitalize on this with the new 2023 Dodge Hornet. Also, considering that Dodge will end production of the Durango SUV in 2024, the automaker needs a new model to fill out its lineup. Find out the release date, price, and specs of the 2023 Dodge Hornet. 

When will the 2023 Dodge Hornet be released and available?

Front view of silver Dodge Hornet concept, highlighting release date and price of 2023 Dodge Hornet
Dodge Hornet concept | Dodge

The release date of the 2023 Dodge Hornet will likely be in early 2023. It will be available to buy at Dodge dealerships throughout the United States, as well as in select international markets. Stay tuned for preorder and reservation information. 

The 2023 Hornet will likely be built alongside the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale in Italy. Both Dodge and Alfa Romeo are owned by Stellantis.

How much does the 2023 Dodge Hornet cost?

Dodge did not yet release the price information for the 2023 Hornet. However, Car and Driver estimates that the 2023 Hornet will have a starting cost of $30,000. The site also gave an estimated price breakdown of possible Hornet trims, which mirror the trim lineup of the Dodge Durango:

  • SXT: $30,000
  • GT: $33,000
  • R/T: $36,000
  • Citadel: $39,000

2023 Dodge Hornet specs: Same powertrain options as the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale?

Man standing next to a silver Dodge Hornet concept, highlighting release date and price of 2023 Dodge Hornet
Dodge Hornet concept | Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Car and Driver speculates that the 2023 Dodge Hornet might have the same two powertrain options as the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale. The first powertrain option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Its output is 256 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The second powertrain option is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). It combines a 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.3-liter inline-four-cylinder at the front wheels with a 121-hp electric motor at the rear wheels — for a total system output of 273 hp. With its plug-in hybrid system, which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Tonale PHEV provides an estimated 30 miles of electric-only driving range

All Tonale models feature an all-wheel drive system, but it’s unknown if this will be the case for the Hornet. Also, the Hornet might also offer a less powerful base engine. This would make the Hornet, a mainstream model, more affordable than the more luxury-orientated Tonale.

2023 Dodge Hornet design: What does it look like?

Dodge first unveiled the Hornet concept back in 2006. The automaker originally planned on releasing a production version of the Hornet in 2010, but following the 2009 financial crisis, Dodge dropped the Hornet.

Given the time that’s elapsed since then, Dodge decided to go back to the drawing board for the 2023 Hornet. While Dodge did not release any official images or video of the 2023 Hornet, spy shots from an Alfa Romeo factory in Italy showed a Hornet with a front end and interior with nearly the same design as the 2023 Tonale. Differences between the two models include reshaped headlights, a Dodge badge on the steering wheel, and added vents. 

As more information about the 2023 Dodge Hornet becomes available, we’ll provide updates. This includes:

  • Debut date
  • Official release date
  • Images and videos
  • Oficial price information, with the cost for each trim
  • Features and technologies
  • Color options
  • Warranty coverage

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