Dodge Hornet spy photos show similarities to Alpha Romeo

A few months ago, leaked photos showed that there would be a Dodge variant of the Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV. Now one of our spy photographers has captured a prototype that seems to verify the accuracy of those leaked images. In fact, it turns out that the temporarily called Dodge Hornet will basically be a tonal with a dodge face.

The front fascia dodge hints come with a slit just below the stiff panel that bridges the headlights. It echoes the design used in the SRT Dodge Charger and Durango. This is matched by a larger grill in the bumper area which probably provides the most cool air. Indications of some of the designs seen in the leaked image seem to be missing in this prototype, such as the outboard intake and the hood vent. But it could be that it was a previous experimental mule without every outer part, or it could be a lower trim without too much visual flair.

The rest of the Hornet prototype looks almost identical to Tonale. Even the taillights seem to pick up the little Italian. We suspect that, at the very least, the entire production model will have slightly different taillight components and will probably have a modified rear bumper to help distinguish the two models. The leaked images suggest that the interior of the two SUVs will be almost identical.

With so many matches, the Hornet will probably get the same powertrain as the tonal. The first is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the second is a plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder. The power output is uncertain, and may vary depending on how the Stalantis wants to position the Hornet. It could also get a powertrain that is not shared with Tonal, possibly Jeep Renegade’s non-hybrid turbo 1.3-liter engine, which can lower the Hornet and cost a lot less than the Alpha.

We don’t have to wait long for all the details. It is learned that it will be released in August. We wouldn’t be surprised, since between these spy photos and the leaked photos, it looks like the SUV is almost ready. So stay tuned.

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