The Dodge Hornet may be a departure from the 1,025 horsepower Demon 170 that debuted this week. But, after recently driving it, we can attest that the Hornet is at least a fun alternative to the rest of the small SUV field that otherwise have as much personality as a refrigerator.
Adding to the appeal of the Dodge Hornet is the expected support of Direct Connection. Dodge previously teased the possibilities with a 2023 Hornet GT GLH Concept during Speed Week last summer. And during the media drive program, it was evident that the Dodge Hornet R/T hybrid SUV would be getting Go Like Hell parts from Direct Connection, as well.
2024 Dodge Hornet R/T GLH Concept: Details
The Dodge Hornet R/T GLH Concept should make some performance-hungry customers who desire good fuel economy hopeful. The GLH add-ons will come from Direct Connection, which means they can be ordered after the purchase of a Dodge Hornet and installed by a dealer. Dodge still hasn’t specified the performance increases for either GLH trims but hinted at what the 2.0-liter turbocharged GT version might have. The standard Hornet GT produces 268 horsepower. As the GLH will be available with a “stage one” engine and transmission tune for the nine-speed automatic, we can expect that number to boost the Hornet to over 300 ponies while making the transmission more responsive with the tune.
As for the Dodge Hornet R/T GLH, engineers were even less talkative about what upgrades it’ll include. However, since the car has a smaller engine and less can be done to the vehicle with an electric motor, we can expect it to receive less of a power bump than the GT. Both GLH packages will include a one-inch suspension lowering kit, which drops the vehicle height enough to make it appear more like a hatchback than a crossover. In addition, the GLH will include special 20-inch painted, machine-faced wheels, painted lower bumpers, and graphics.