When we first caught wind of the Fiat intention to get cozy with Chrysler, our first thoughts leapt to the slew of sexy Italian compacts that could conceivably make their way to the states. Of all the hardware that could potentially be Americanized, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta was the one hatch that had our loins stirring the most. Now our elite squad of spy photographers have nabbed a few photos of a four-door version of the hatch wearing a split crosshair grille. From the looks of things, these are full-production spec prototypes out for desert testing. The whispers kicking around the web lead us to believe that the car will be called the Hornet and should lock horns nicely with metal like the Ford Focus.

To say that we can't wait to usher the Caliber out the door is an understatement. Given that the compact segment has grown into a fiercely competitive slice of the market, Dodge needs hardware that can perform on style, efficiency and economy. Here's hoping the Hornet is up to the task.

While the vehicle in the image above was originally photographed with matte black vinyl covering its flanks, we've colorized the sheet metal to give us a better idea of what to expect from the sedan version of the car.


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      suzq044
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno why, but this says Neon or Dart.. not Hornet.
      Imaginary lines
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good hopefully its in the 40's with MultiAir and bring on the SRT to compete with ST and Si.....
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woah. What is THIS?! I have been waiting to see what Chrysler/Dodge would be able to come up with for a small car, now that they seem to have the resources to fully flex their muscles! The new 300 is rather impressive, and they did a great job in updating the rest of their lineup with such limited time and presumably a rather limited budget. This could be one heck of a small car. I can not remember the last time that Detroit has had truly competitive small cars before.
      Camaroman101
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks gorgeous compared to the caliber
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car better bring it's A game if it hopes to even have a chance of succeeding in it's segment. The compact arena right now is stacked with solid offerings.
      Marcus Dobson
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks fantastic! Can't wait for an SRT version! Ford shouldn't be having all the fun.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB is getting swarmed by spam comments! So LAME!!!
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think we have a new class leader in the wings! This is essentially an American improved copy of an Italian improved copy of the the VW Golf. Ralph Gilles said the Golf was the car they benchmarked. He also was talking SRT. You got to think Diesels are on the way as well. And all wheel drive. Maybe even this new Tigershark MultiAir Turbo wonder engine with a 9 speed ZF automatic. The Ferrari of compacts!
        ook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        No compact or hatch even comes close to the level of quality in a VW Golf. It's nice that they aimed high, but no doubt they didn't hit the mark.
      Jordan Bret
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW epic win
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dart or Daytona, something with a "d", I like alliteration and history. There's already a lot of celebrating across Mopar nation about this new compact. Stylingwise, it's a much stronger effort than even the faithful had hoped for. Guigiaro couldn't have done better.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, Chrysler/Dodge is getting back on its feet. An Alfa Romeo in the form of a Dodge is a very very very xOVER9000 very good thing! Meanwhile, I am stuck with my ol' Neon rofl (love-hate relationship).
      GMW
      • 3 Years Ago
      Neon?! Is that you in there?????
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