Daimler-Chrysler released their latest concept car at the Geneva Auto Show – the 2007 Dodge Hornet concept car.
Bearing a striking resemblance to both the modern Mini Cooper and Suzuki Swift vehicles, the new Hornet 2007 car model is designed as Dodge’s new low-cost vehicle (below the Caliber).
Small enough for the European market, but big enough for the U.S., the Hornet concept car is equipped with a supercharged 170hp engine that will zip it from 0-to-60 in approximately 6.7 seconds (firmly in Mini Cooper territory).
Dodge says that its Hornet B-segment concept car is “an ideal combination of American fun and European function.”
“We went for a rallye-inspired look robust, capable, and most definitely not ‘cutesy.’ We wanted a distinct ‘edge’ to the design. We especially wanted to push the envelope of interior volume. That’s why the Hornet prototype is almost as wide as a C-segment vehicle,” said Moushegian Principal Exterior Designer.
Consequently the Hornet’s chunky, wheels-to-the-corner silhouette imparts the fun of assertive motoring to even the most mundane of errands. With its wide stance, the Hornet concept car is solidly planted on the road. Up front, the signature Dodge crossbar grille is set above an exposed engine intercooler flanked by front brake air ducts and fog lamps.
“The raised plateau on the hood features a recessed scoop on the driver’s side to funnel air to the engine air box. Underhood is a 1.6L 16-valve OHC supercharged I/C four-cylinder engine putting out 127 kW (170 hp) of torque @ 4000 rpm.
Extreme flexibility also is central to the sporty interior of the new 2007 concept car from Daimler-Chrysler – Dodge Hornet 2007. The space-saving foam seats are exceptionally slim but comfortable, with the striking satin-silver finished aluminum framing deliberately exposed. Seat bolsters are covered in a smooth, black urethane-coated fabric while a black, fine-woven textured Pique cloth is used on the cushion and back inserts. Belts are integral with the seats.
Tough, brash and eager to be off, the 2007 Dodge Hornet concept vehicle brings to the competitive entry-level B-segment market an ideal combination of American fun and European function. “