Last fall, Stellantis confirmed that Dodge's first plug-in hybrid would be introduced in 2022.

Soon, rumors began to circulate that the vehicle would be a small crossover SUV named Hornet

In February, not long after Alfa Romeo revealed the Tonale, which offers a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, photos of

the Tonale sporting Dodge logos and styling cues – said to be a Hornet prototype – were leaked.

Now Tim Kuniskis, a Dodge executive, has given credence to the rumors and leaked images as he confirmed Tuesday that the Hornet will debut this summer, according to the Detroit News .

During a virtual press conference, Kuniskis said that Dodge is going to show the Hornet in August.

But that plan could be affected by supply chain issues plaguing the auto industry, halting production and delaying launches.

Kuniskis would not comment on where the Hornet will be built, but the SUV is expected to be assembled at the company's plant in Pomigliano, Italy, where the Tonale is also built.

The Tonale's plug-in hybrid powertrain features a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four and a rear-axle electric motor that combine to produce a total of 272 horsepower.

The Hornet is likely to arrive with a similar, if not identical, powertrain setup when it goes on sale in 2023.

Dodge also plans to reveal a concept version of its electric muscle car before the end of the year, due out in 2024.

Kuniskis said Dodge is trying to show the concept before unveiling the Hornet, but the brand still needs a key piece that is "out of my control

it's outside of our industry, quite frankly” before the reveal occurs

Dodge's first electric car will go by the name “eMuscle.” A trailer for the vehicle reveals that it will have an angular front end reminiscent of the brand's Chargers and Challengers from the 1960s and 1970s.