This is what a Dodge hot hatchback would look like – and it looks rather unusual
The brand with the biggest engines gets a petite body crossover
Americans like big cars. No wonder American carmaker Dodge doesn’t have a hatchback in its line-up. But what if the carmaker did produce a hatchback?
Designer Kleber Silva has taken this ideology one step further and tried to incorporate one of the smallest hatchbacks with Dodge’s design language to result in this render. Conveniently named the Dodge 500 SRT, this virtual creation is a blend of Dodge’s design language on Italy’s city car, the Fiat 500.
Would this car ever be made? I don’t think so. But should Dodge consider it at least? My answer remains the same. And the render isn’t the sole influencing factor in my decision. It revolves more around what the brand stands for, and that’s all-American muscle.
Sure, I do like the front end with the inclusion of the Dodge Dart’s face. It gives a strong character for a hatchback with those swept-back headlamps, creases on the bonnet and that angry grille in the centre. However, the side and rear are where things start going a little downhill, and it is not due to the artist’s lack of ability.
Dodge cars have always been big, brash and brawny. The Fiat 500, on the other hand, is way too cute and petite a shape to do justice to a Dodge design theme. Like the current or even the previous-gen Charger, the widely stretched tail light design would look great on something equally long from side to side. But on this Fiat, it looks like a funny little moustache.
Apart from the bold front Dart-end, I do like the alloy design. It really goes with the face of the car. I believe both these aspects would’ve suited the vehicle much better if the chosen model was a five-door hatchback.
In my opinion, what could be seen as a more realistic render is if Kleber decided to do a crossover version of Dodge’s primary muscle cars - the Charger or the Challenger. The Mustang Mach E is proof of how the crossover trend, along with the push towards electrification, has managed to engulf the iconic pony car nameplate. Hence, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if even Dodge went the same way, solely to keep the sales registers ringing.
Nevertheless, if you aren’t that good on design software like Kleber, you might be better off with this Dodge model. One needs to put this Dodge together by hand as opposed to swivelling the mouse. And, this model also features multiple moving engine parts, so the budding engineer in you gets some practical learning experience as well.