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Dodge Hornet spied out in the wild

Dodge Hornet spied out in the wild

After months of speculation and rumour, a tester Dodge Hornet has been spotted with light camouflage out in the world.

After that false start at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2006, we have been patiently waiting for something Hornet to arrive and this could be it.

Images hosted over at Motor1 show a modest sized crossover SUV shape that bears a strong resemblance to the new Alfa Romeo Tonale. As both Dodge and Alfa are owned by Stellantis, it’s likely the two share a lot of the same DNA.

Dodge Hornet

The Dodge Hornet’s shape is clearly visible through the camouflage. It’s a small to midsize SUV with blunt front and rear and high ride height. A short hood with two large grilles adorn the front while we cannot see the headlights too clearly.

The rest of the profile looks standard SUV faire, with rolling roofline, rising beltline, four doors and a hatch at the back.

There’s a significant quarterlight arrangement at the rear, which is typical of SUVs of this size.

The rear lights are clearer and look cool. There’s also a modest rear screen and hatch over what looks like a substantial rear body arrangement underneath.

While the camouflage may muddle the view a little, that looks quite a small hatch for this size of car. We will reserve judgement on that until we see it for real though.

Hornet engine and drivetrain

We know absolutely nothing about what will be driving the Hornet. If speculation is correct and it is using the same DNS as the Alfa Tonale, that could be a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine with an electric motor for 272 hp and 30 miles of electric-only range.

There may also be a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that makes 256 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

If we get either of those engines, that’s a lot of power for a modest-sized vehicle like this!

To strengthen that link to the Tonale, Motor1 says the Hornet will be manufactured at the same Alfa plant in Italy, the Pomigliano d’Arco Assembly Plant.

Anything else is pure speculation. We don’t know anything about it as yet, except that a smaller crossover SUV is on the way and the Hornet name has been linked to it.

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Image credit: Motor1.com

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