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Or Is It An Electric Dodge Durango?

Dodge Hornet Durango EV SUV Stellantis Electric Vehicle

For over a year, expectations of a Dodge Hornet comeback have surfaced. It started with a trademark filing in April of 2020, followed by a breaking report alleging that Dodge was planning on rebooting the Hornet – once a muscle car – as an SUV based on the same architecture as the Alfa Romeo Tonale. That may be the case. But, we’d like to point you to the latest teaser, courtesy of Stellantis EV Day.

2006 Dodge Hornet SUV Concept Stellantis Alfa Romeo Tonale
2006 Dodge Hornet SUV Concept. Image Via Stellantis

Dodge Hornet EV – Or Is It A Durango?

What we see in the screenshot photos are depictions of an SUV silhouette atop of the STLA Large electric vehicle architecture; a BEV platform that Stellantis claims will be good for 500 miles of range, and up to 330 kW of battery power. Quite robust, indeed. What makes it a Dodge? If you look closer, there are Dodge logos on the wheels. Dead giveaway, if you as us. However, just what it will be called exactly is guesswork for those not on the inside.

The front end of the Dodge electric SUV does seem to take an evolutionary form of the Durango SUV we see today. Although, considering the Hemi 392 and Hellcat V8 engines that are available, battery power is quite the departure. Just as well, the next-generation Dodge Durango could be a far more conventional SUV than what’s seen in this rendering, and take on the platform of the WL Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is expected.

Stellantis EV Day Dodge Hornet Durango Electric Vehicle SUV


Stellantis EV Strategy May Have Changed Original Plans

As for the Alfa-Romeo Tonale to Dodge Hornet hypothesis, we have no reason to doubt it. However, considering that Stellantis is earmarking $30 billion USD from now until 2025 to push out electric vehicles across its 14 brands, the initial plans of utilizing an ICE Alfa Romeo architecture may have went stillborn.

It was originally reported that a Dodge Hornet SUV will make its production debut sometime in mid-2022, before hitting dealerships in 2023. We likely would have seen evidence of a prototype by now, so the likelihood of that schedule seems to diminish by the day. It’s July 2021 now. Meaning it’s closer to 2022 than 2020 (which, honestly, is a great thing).

Ever since the FCA-PSA merger that has formed Stellantis, the push for electrification has now matched General Motors-levels of commitment. It’s a strong likelihood that what we’re seeing in these photos is our first look at a future Dodge SUV. As for whether or not it’s a Dodge Durango or a Hornet teased during Stellantis EV Day, only time will tell.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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