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“Hornet” (Dodge PF) interior spy shot, more info

by David Zatz on

New source “PhantomSpazz” has again weighed in with Dodge PF compact car (“formerly called Dodge Hornet”) models. While the nameplate is still being kept highly secret, with an incorrect leak of Hornet and unlikely leaks of Dart and Duster, the models appear to have been set. They are not surprising: the base will be SE, the likely volume candidate will be SXT, there will be a Rallye (possibly as an SXT package), an R/T, and a Limited — the latter model name coming from Chrysler.

interior - dodge PF

It will reportedly be the longest, widest, and tallest car in its class, with a choice of retuned 2.0, retuned 2.4, and Fiat 1.4 turbo engines. Both transmissions come from Fiat, a six speed manual and a six speed dual clutch automatic. The interior will be quieter than the very-quiet Chevrolet Cruze.

PF closeup

The 1.4 belts out around 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque in the Fiat 500 Abarth; it might be “downtuned” to around 150 hp for this application. The 2.4, according to PhantomSpazz, is currently estimated at 185 hp, a moderate boost over the current 172 hp 2.4; however, past rumors suggested that it would be more drivable, with horsepower not as restricted to the higher engine speeds. Torque for this engine is estimated at 170 lb-ft.

The 2.4 will be used in the R/T model, and is expected to get a bit over 32 mpg (highway). The Eco model, with 40 mpg, is slated for late arrival.

For more information, including more from oh2o, see our Dodge PF (“formerly known as Hornet”) page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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