Dodge Hornet 2010

The engine propelling the 1409kg Dodge Hornet is a Tritec 1.6 liter intercooled supercharged 16-valve SOHC engine which makes 170 horsepower and 223Nm of torque at 4000rpm. This engine is the same one found in the MINI Cooper S, some Dodge Neon models and some Chrysler PT Cruiser models. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission
. The Tritec engine was originally developed by Chrysler and Rover, and is made in the Campo Largo factory in Brazil jointly owned by BMW and Daimler Chrysler, which was recently bought by the Lifan Group. Performance statistics are 6.7 seconds for the 0-100km/h test and a top speed of 209km/h.

The 2010 Dodge HornetIS 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine sending 122 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) could also be available if Nissan decides to share that. Other Versa features passing to Hornet should include front-disc power brakes with optional ABS, electric power steering for saving a little gas over a conventional hydraulic setup, front side airbags, and curtain side airbags. The no-cost card should also list active front head restraints (designed to minimize whiplash injury), air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power mirrors, a split-fold rear seatback, variable-intermittent wipers, rear-window defroster, and rear wiper/washer. Options, too, will be much like Versa's, so look for power windows, power remote-entry door locks, a keyless entry and starting system, remote engine starting, power sunroof, satellite radio, and sporty styling add-ons including a spoiler atop the liftgate.
2010 Dodge Hornet being any more innovative than its orthodox Nissan parent.
Fanciful concept features such as Jetsons-style "floating" seats, a pop-up dashboard screen, and rear DVD entertainment systems ,rear-seat TV screens.

Press review

* "Dodge's Hornet concept is aptly named. Every trend that has created a buzz on the automotive scene in the past few years can be seen on this little stinger." -- Automobile Magazine
* "The Dodge Hornet was one of the best-looking concepts that Chrysler has produced the past few years, and thanks to a partnership with Nissan, the impressive-looking compact is inching closer to production. Chrysler and Nissan have yet to officially announce details of the upcoming Nissan Versa-based vehicle they'll develop together, other than to say it'd be available as a 2010 model, but everyone is banking on a production Hornet." -- Autoblog
* "Count on Chrysler stylists to preserve all the concept visuals they can so the 2010 Dodge Hornet won't be mistaken for a Versa. That almost certainly means an aggressive cross-hair Dodge grille, circular wheel openings that are large enough for optional wheels of maybe up to18 inches ... prominent fender creaselines, high-rise bodysides, and a ruler-flat roof ending at a near-vertical liftgate." -- Consumer Guide
* "Chrysler is working as hard as possible to get its gas-guzzling fleet more in line with consumer desires. These days, that means fuel efficiency, so it comes as little surprise that Dodge is renewing its efforts to get the Hornet small car up and running." -- Autoblog Green


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