The 2023 Dodge Hornet Signals a Huge Industry Shift

The 2023 Dodge Hornet is a subcompact SUV that will change history for American automaker Dodge. Stellantis sees a clear shift in the automotive industry and is planning to add hybrid and electric vehicles to the lineups of its many brands. We’ve already seen a plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler. Now Dodge is creating a plug-in hybrid subcompact SUV to shake up the vehicle segment.

The 2023 Dodge Hornet will open up the floodgates

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It seems like the automakers that were the most resistant to carbon emission reduction are now all embracing the automotive industry’s electric future. Volkswagen was one of the worst producers of carbon emissions. The German automaker was involved in its fair share of scandals. Now Volkswagen produces one of the best-selling electric SUVs in the world. The company has also created a subsidiary, Electrify America, to provide EV charging to drivers in the United States.

Stellantis once resisted the electric future, but it is clearly embracing it with the announcement of a new plug-in hybrid Dodge subcompact SUV. Dodge is known for clinging on to its powerful V8 engines as the industry shifted its focus to V6, hybrid, PHEV, and electric powertrain systems. It appears that Dodge is finally ready to say goodbye to its V8 and offer some powerful alternatives.

The 2023 Dodge Hornet is a plug-in hybrid subcompact SUV with the exterior features of a muscle car. The Hornet is the perfect middle ground between a gas-powered and electric vehicle. Dodge is known for muscle cars like the Charger and Challenger. The Hornet will bring American muscle to the PHEV space. Car and Driver claims that it can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds.

The Dodge Hornet makes 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It gets at least 30 miles of electric-only driving range. The Hornet is the first of many new plug-in hybrid SUVs that will surface in the next few years.

The Toyota RAV4 Prime changed the way the industry looks at hybrid vehicles

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime | Toyota

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The Toyota RAV4 Prime is the first PHEV version of the popular Toyota RAV4. The RAV4 Prime uses a gas engine and electric motors. Its PHEV powertrain system allows drivers to travel on just electricity and benefit from a major power boost thanks to electric motors.

The RAV4 Prime makes a massive 302 horsepower. That’s 99 more horses than the gas-powered RAV4. Toyota’s RAV4 Prime was one of the first PHEVs to show the industry that hybrids don’t have to be dull and underpowered.

Expect plenty of new plug-in hybrid SUVs after the 2023 Dodge Hornet

The 2023 Dodge Hornet PHEV on the road
2023 Dodge Hornet PHEV | Dodge

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The plug-in hybrid SUV space will inevitably heat up in the next few years. Dodge’s exciting plug-in hybrid SUV will inspire other automakers to compete with it. Plug-in hybrids are the next step in the evolution of the automotive industry.

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