Remember the Dodge Hornet? Just a few years ago, the chunky funster was rumored to be the automaker's first foray into the subcompact B-segment, and it was even scheduled to be produced in conjunction with Chinese automaker Chery. These plans never came to fruition, and we've had to soldier on with the unloved Caliber as Dodge's only small car offering. It's time for something new.

Now that Fiat has taken control of the Chrysler Group, a whole slew of new products will be worked into the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep lineups, including a new Alfa Romeo-based small car that might just pick up where the Hornet left off, albeit in a slightly larger (C-segment) package. Seen here testing in the Death Valley heat, the prototype still wears a lot of its Alfa skin, though our spies indicate that the front end design (complete with LED strip) may carry over to the production car, and it's possible that the sheetmetal will, as well.

Mum's the word on when Dodge's new small car will debut, but when it does, we expect the demise of the Caliber around the same time. Click through our high-res image gallery to see the full slew of spy shots.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has nice proportions and I love that its a hatchback. With Fiat running the show this could turn out to be one very interesting new car. Can't wait to see more.
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fiat to the rescue !
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is anyone listening? Yes this is a Giulietta, but look closely as it has two- 2 inch additions in the hood, roof and rear hatch and one in the rear door so this body is a mule. Everyone knows that a stretched, widened, Dodge styled and re-enginered compact will be based off the Alfa Romeo platform. What looks to be Dodge pieces are the dash, nose and possibly the front door. Those dual exhausts are just about hanging on back there. Regardless of it's present appearance, I'm sure Dodge is close to it's final design, which should win many compact buyers back to Dodge.
      Ross
      • 3 Years Ago
      If/When it comes in a "go-fast" R/T version sign me up!
      arsenal.serge
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was behind this (ALFA) on Coldwater Canyon all the way to Sunset strip.. sent Autoblog pics and everythin... Rumbles nice
      StackedVinyl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this exact car on the 101 southbound last week (thurs or fri) near the hollywood exits (Vine St.). At the time I thought it was an Alfa Romeo on it's way over to the U.S. courtesy of Fiat / Chrysler, surprising to hear it's a Dodge!
        arsenal.serge
        • 3 Years Ago
        @StackedVinyl
        I completely agree. it looks and sounds more like Alfa than a Dodge. I saw that exact car going over from Valley to Bev Hills - I always see (pre-production) models around my place Mulholland(ish) area. Perhaps to test suspension on crappy windy roads.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never thought I would say it, (used to hate hatchbacks) but I'm glad that the 5 door hatch is coming back into vogue. Throughout the 90's and early 2k's everyone was making sedans with a trunk...even if it didn't make sense for the car.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      To those of you griping about how it "looks just like a Giulietta", RELAX! This is just a test mule. We don't know what the final product will look like.
        Eu_Driver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I hope so... But the "pure badge engineering" Chrysler 300C-Lancia Thema give me bad thoughts... futher worsened when I read: "the prototype still wears a lot of its Alfa skin, though our spies indicate that the front end design (complete with LED strip) MAY CARRY OVER TO THE PRODUCTION CAR, and it's POSSIBLE that the SHEETMETAL WILL, as well." Please, FIat-Chrysler management, don' t water down the Alfa Giulietta unique style!!! What do you will do when the Alfa brand will finally come to the U.S.?
      Gilberto Cedolia
      • 3 Years Ago
      see alfa romeo giulietta
        Sgt Beavis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gilberto Cedolia
        I predict a small market will be created to convert this "Dodge" back into an Alfa.
        LostBoyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gilberto Cedolia
        its almost as if, now stay with me here, they are going to share the platform. CRAZY idea they would have as using giuliettas as mules.
      1STH
      • 3 Years Ago
      THAT is NO DODGE.....that is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta virtually undisguised!!!
        angelo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1STH
        exactly, it is the Giulietta... which is a fantastic car btw.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand how Alfa and Dodge have COMPLETELY conflicting form languages, yet they insist on sharing the same platforms without many changes to the sheet metal. My only guess would be Dodge seeing a radical form change (which wouldn't exactly be a bad thing) or a few of their shared vehicles will just stick out like a sore thumb...
        bscmth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        You are correct. It seems like a confusing design language for Dodge and Chrysler. A lot of badge engineering for sure, but most car buyers wouldn't recognize an Alfa Romeo or Fiat products sold in Europe anyway. We will see.... Chrysler really needs some success in the C and mid-size sedan segments. It shouldn't be too hard to beat the Caliber.
        erhcanadian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        All in favor of Dodge dropping their design language, and adopting Alfa's look, thumbs up here.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 3 Years Ago
      ALFA'S BACK! =D
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