AUBURN HILLS, MI
– The new Dodge Hornet concept vehicle features flexible interior space. 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 170 hp and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. The side view features large, 19-inch diameter open-section aluminum wheels. The arching wheel flares and notched sill are complemented by curving body surfaces that “spear out” into the full front and rear opposed half-doors which, in section, are shallow so as to maximize interior space. The framed doors open to reveal the absence of a B-pillar, while the three-window side glass terminates in a wedge-shaped quarter window. All the glass in the vehicle, including the oversize sunroof, is rendered in a deep “blue view” tint, contrasting with the car’s liquid silver exterior. The black and slate gray interior is designed for both style and utility, with surfaces having a space-saving planar look. The driver’s door trim panel, for example, contains a first aid kit, open storage bin, and a closed case with carrying handle that can be removed from the car.