Last year, during Stellantis’ EV Day presentation, Dodge took center stage alongside Jeep and Ram to spearhead electrification efforts in North America. It doubles down on its muscle car heritage by focusing on performance to attract consumers to its vehicles. Now, a new patent found by CarBuzz appears to suggest that Dodge’s first EV will wear a name most of us forgot about.
What name is that, you ask? Tomahawk. Based on a trademark found by CarBuzz, the first Dodge electric muscle car may get this nameplate. For those who forgot about this moniker, here’s a reminder. Dodge used the Tomahawk name twice. The first time was on a motorcycle powered by a V-10 engine sourced from the Viper. In 2015, the name returned on a concept car that appeared in the Grand Turismo 6 video game.
Part of the Electrification Plan
As part of Stellantis’ electrification strategy, Dodge spearheads the North American efforts. Alongside Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler, the iconic muscle car brand will add its first plug-in hybrid this year. However, the rumor mill suggests that Dodge’s plug-in hybrid is essentially a rebadged Alfa Romeo Tonale with several exterior design tweaks to distinguish it from its Italian cousin. That model could use a 1.3-liter turbo-four coupled to an electric motor, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a 15.5-kWh battery. In the Tonale, it makes 272 hp combined and has an estimated all-electric range of over 30 miles.
For its electric vehicles, Dodge will likely use the STLA-Medium and STLA-Large architectures. Therefore, the company could make the electric muscle car similar in size to the Charger and Challenger. As evident in last year’s video teaser, the vehicle sports a retro design akin to the brand’s heritage vehicles. Before the production model arrives, a concept car will preview its design by 2023.