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All-new Dodge Hornet Introduces Dodge Muscular Exterior Design, Driver-focused Interior Styling to CUV Segment

  • All-new Dodge Hornet unleashes muscular Dodge design vocabulary on brand’s new entry in the compact utility vehicle (CUV) segment
  • Exterior styling cues such as a hood with integrated heat extractors and “mail slot”-style grille opening sculpted into the fascia imprint Hornet with distinctive Dodge DNA
  • Vehicle-width taillamp features a center illuminated Dodge Rhombi logo, a first for a Dodge vehicle and a nod to the electrified performance of the Hornet R/T performance hybrid model
  • Dodge Hornet interior design aligns with driver-centric cockpit feel of Dodge vehicle lineup — center stack controls, display screens and HVAC vents are “tipped” to angle towards the driver
  • Available premium interior touches include class-exclusive, performance-oriented Alcantara seats
  • Performance controls at the fingertips enable drivers to choose between Sport and Standard drive modes for the Hornet GT and hybrid driving modes for the R/T, keeping the driver connected to the vehicle
  • Unique badging includes a new Hornet emblem on the fender that celebrates the revival of the Hornet
  • Seven exterior colors available for the Dodge Hornet include Acapulco Gold, Blue Steele, Q Ball and 8 Ball
  • All-new 2023 Dodge Hornet GT is open for orders and will begin reaching dealers in late spring, with the Hornet R/T arriving in late spring 2023
  • For complete information on Dodge and the brand's Never Lift plan, which provides a 24-month road map to Dodge's performance future, visit and
August 16, 2022,  Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new Dodge Hornet shakes up the compact utility vehicle (CUV) segment, incorporating familiar Dodge calling-card design cues to create the newest entry in the four-vehicle lineup for America’s performance brand.

The Dodge Hornet drives the brand’s muscular design vocabulary into a new segment, with aggressive and powerful exterior design that conveys harnessed power just waiting to be uncorked, along with a race-inspired interior design philosophy that is performance and driver focused.

Exterior: Distinctive Dodge Design
The Dodge Hornet earns its spot in the brand’s vehicle lineup with distinctive Dodge DNA, including hood and front fascia design elements that bring to life the Dodge attitude. The hood features integrated heat extractors for a performance-focused appearance while the front also incorporates a “mail slot”-style grille opening sculpted into the fascia. The “mail slot” also reinforces the horizontal brow of the upper grille and lamp graphics – creating a serious, all-business demeanor. Flanked by two smaller inserts, these design elements telegraph a mission of performance and functionality while also delivering a muscular front-end appearance that follows the look of the Dodge vehicle lineup.

Integrating into the muscular lines of the bodyside are the matte black. molded-in-color lower cladding and valances. The Hornet R/T receives unique new Abyss painted lower cladding and rear valance with integrated dual exhaust ports. Headlamp signature lighting offers an unmistakable, focused down-the-road read for Hornet, with LED reflectors and an illuminated daytime running light (DRL) signature.

At the rear, the Hornet’s Dodge identity shines bright. The taillamp extends the width of the vehicle and features a lighted red signature, as well as an illuminated Dodge Rhombi logo in the center — featured for the first time on a Dodge vehicle — identifying from a distance that it’s a Dodge. The illuminated taillamp and Rhombi logo, while standard on the Hornet, also serves as a subtle nod to the electrified performance of the Hornet R/T model. An additional exterior feature is an available external panel sunroof that gives the Hornet a fun, open-air feel.

The Dodge Hornet R/T rolls on standard 18-inch Graphite Grey alloy wheels (the entry-level Dodge Hornet GT features standard 17-inch Silver alloy wheels) and features standard dual exhaust tips and black anodized Brembo front brake calipers with the Dodge logo. 

A Blacktop package, available for both R/T and GT, brings to life an automotive version of a “murder Hornet,” achieving a blacked-out look through:
  • 18-inch Abyss alloy wheels
  • Gloss Black badging and mirror caps
  • Gloss Black painted day light opening (DLO) molding
A Track Pack optional package, offering the most performance-oriented appearance, is available for both R/T and GT and upgrades to 20-inch Abyss wheels, red painted Brembo front brake calipers with the Dodge logo, along with additional performance and interior features.

Interior: Performance-inspired Styling
The performance-inspired interior follows the driver-focused design that is a calling card of the Dodge brand vehicle lineup. Center stack controls, display screens and more are subtly “tipped” toward the driver, putting the individual in the cockpit at the center of the action. The instrument panel utilizes a wrapped and stitched mid-bolster that extends through the instrument panel and achieves a cross-car read, creating a lighter feeling while adding visual width. Red stitching accents, standard on Hornet, flow throughout the black interior, including on the mid-bolster, seats and armrest. Accents on the vents and center switches provide a slim, technical detail that enhances the performance appearance of the interior.

Ignition control is positioned prominently on the painted finish console. Additional performance controls are placed right at the fingertips with a button on the flat-bottom steering wheel that enables drivers to choose between Sport and Standard drive modes for the GT and hybrid driving modes for the R/T, keeping the driver connected to the car.

Cloth and Leatherette seats are standard on the Hornet R/T and Hornet GT, while premium interior touches include leather seats or the class-exclusive Alcantara leather seats, with an embroidered Dodge Rhombi logo, available through the Track Pack option. The racing-oriented Alcantara seats feature unique “red crust” accents that visually burst out and gradually fade, highlighting the unique Alcantara seat perforation. Leather seating is standard for the R/T Plus and GT Plus, and Dodge made certain to offer optional red leather seats for those seeking more Dodge attitude on the inside.

A unique new Hornet badge on the fender celebrates the revival of the Hornet — a name first used on the famed Hudson Hornet in the 1950s and again in 2006 as a popular Dodge concept vehicle — and joins the current iconic Dodge badging lineup, such as Scat Pack, Hellcat and Hellcat Redeye. The rear Hornet R/T badge features a unique easter egg in relief that teases the model’s electrified nature.
Color Lineup
The Hornet also features seven exterior hues that mirror the Hornet’s personality, featuring fun and unique color names including:
  • Acapulco Gold
  • Blu Bayou
  • Blue Steele
  • Gray Cray
  • Hot Tamale
  • Q Ball
  • 8 Ball

For more than 100 years, the Dodge brand has carried on the spirit of brothers John and Horace Dodge. Their influence continues today as Dodge shifts into high gear with a lineup that delivers unrivaled performance in each of the segments in which the brand competes while moving forward to a future that includes electrified muscle in the form of the next-generation, all-new Dodge Charger.

The next-generation Dodge Charger electrifies a legend, with the Charger retaining its title as the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car led by the all-new, all-electric 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Scat Pack. The all-new Dodge Charger will also offer performance choices via multi-energy powertrain options including the 550-horsepower Dodge Charger SIXPACK H.O., powered by the 3.0L Twin Turbo Hurricane High Output engine.

Dodge also keeps its foot on the gas as a pure performance brand with the 710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever, and best-in-class standard performance in the compact utility vehicle segment with the Dodge Hornet.

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