2023 News From Chrysler and Dodge Is Creating Quite the Buzz

Dodge Hornet. Photo- Dodge
Dodge Hornet. Photo- Dodge

Chrysler and Dodge have given us some exciting things to talk about!

Stellantis has had a lot of information coming out about Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge cars. There is a lot to unpack with some well-known models, and news of some new models, too! Let’s talk about everything that’s on the horizon for Chrysler and Dodge in 2023.

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The 2023 Dodge Hornet Gt Glh Concept. Photo: Dodge

The 2023 Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept. Photo: Dodge

What d0 you Want for Christmas? Perhaps a Dodge Hornet!

Why? Because it’s affordable and looks to be quite fun. The Hornet, Dodge’s new compact utility vehicle (CUV) that was unleashed in August, was first on my list of “must sees”. The Hornet comes in two choices: a gas only turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder or a turbo 1.3-liter four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain. Coming in under $30,000, the Dodge Hornet is comparable to the Mazda CX-30 and the VW Taos.

The Hornet isn’t the Small Mom-Mobile you Think it Is

While he Hornet can accommodate our soccer-mom lifestyles, it changes the game completely. It is geared toward vigorous, energetic driving complete with a sport mode option that offers a sharper throttle, optimized upshifts and tighter steering. These best-in-class and class-exclusive dynamic driving features include Koni shocks and Brembo four-piston brake calipers  to optimize suspension, braking, steering and handling performance. The earliest that Hornets are expected to arrive in dealerships will be December 2022 sooo…Happy Holidays!

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2023 Chrysler 300C, Shown In Velvet Red. Photo: Chrysler

2023 Chrysler 300C, shown in Velvet Red. Photo: Chrysler

Chrysler’s Classic Luxury Sedan is Going to be Around, but only for a Short Run

That’s because the Chrysler 300C production will end following the 2023 model year, commemorating nearly 70 years of a legacy. With only 2,000 being produced for the U.S, Dodge does it right, sending the vehicle out on a powerful note. The 300C will feature a 6.4-liter 392-cu-in HEMI engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Because of the limited production, the 300C will sport a new version of a tricolor 300C badge on grille and rear deck-lid, screaming its unique personality.

The 300C will ooze luxury that owners are accustomed to, with black Laguna leather front seats that sport an embossed 300C logo and silver stitching accents. The interior will also include carbon-fiber accents. Ordering one of these iconic legends can be done here. The U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price comes in at $55,000.

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Dodge Black Ghost. Photo: Dodge

Dodge Black Ghost. Photo: Dodge

A Recap of the Dodge Last Call Models Includes the most Recent Release

And they are all exciting! The first in the series was the Dodge Challenger Shakedown.The second in the “Last Call” series was the Dodge Charger Super Bee. Dodge will only produce 1,000 of these special editions, so if you are lucky enough to see one, I promise you will “bee-witched.”The third and fourth “Last Call” roll-outs are the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Swinger and the 2023 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack Swinger. The 2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona is the fifth in the “Last Call” series and takes us on a quick trip back to the 1960’s and 1970’s drag race scene.

The New Model has its own History, Too

The sixth “Last Call” model was just announced. It’s the 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, which offers a modern manifestation of the original that roamed Woodward Avenue in the 1970s owned by Godfrey Qualls. Its reputation is legendary, known for flexing its 426 HEMI-powered muscle on Woodward Avenue and then disappearing into the night, leading to the “Black Ghost” nickname. This unique special-edition includes the black“gator skin” roof vinyl graphics, Challenger script badges and white tail graphics that match the original in all respects. The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost bumps the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody to 807 horsepower. Only 300 will be produced.

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The Dodge Durango Srt Hellcat. Photo: Dodge

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Photo: Dodge

Want to be the Fastest Parent in the Pickup Line?

It would be a good idea then, to check out the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. This SUV was produced last year with the idea that it would be a limited run. It’s got a 6.2 liter V8 engine that produces a whopping 710 horsepower. That means it goes from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. The good news is that the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is going to stick around for another year, so all you speed demons better take advantage if you want one!

There has been a lot to cover for these Stellantis brands. We love all the nods to classic models, but are excited for what the future brings to these brands, too.

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