Stellantis had leaked some details last September about the marketing of its next electric SUV, the Jeep Avenger. It was on the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show that the vehicle was officially unveiled as well as its technical characteristics. Before getting carried away, you should know that the European market will have exclusivity for the moment, which is a shame.
The Jeep Avenger becomes the brand’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) and will be produced at the Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland. It is therefore positioned in the category of subcompact SUVs; in fact, it is even a little smaller than the Jeep Renegade, a vehicle whose sales in the country are more than anemic.
No all-wheel drive, a range of 400 kilometers
At the heart of its traction system is a 400-volt architecture that powers an electric motor positioned at the front of the vehicle. It sends its 156-horsepower (115 kilowatts) and 192-pound-feet of torque to the front wheels; No all-wheel drive is available. The engine is powered by a 54-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery; The maximum charging power is 100 kilowatts, which can recover from 20 to 80% of the battery charge in about 24 minutes. The advertised range is 400 kilometres according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP); it would be much less according to the EPA standard. The manufacturer mentions that it would be possible to reach 500 kilometers in urban driving only.
On the outside, the vehicle has resolutely modern lines, much less square than those of the Renegade. It has a raised ground clearance, 20 centimeters, and very short overhangs. Its higher beltline, rear door handles integrated into the pillar, domed fenders and rims camp well its more dynamic design. Of course, there is the famous seven-bar grille at the front, a feature of Jeep.
At the rear, like the Renegade, the vehicle has signature lights inspired by jerry cans that sported an “X”. This “X” is a recurring theme inside and out.
An original interior
The interior of the Jeep Avenger is quite original, and its dashboard is uncluttered. In the case of the unveiled model, it is crossed by a panel painted yellow, the same color as the body. We notice in the center a 10.3-inch touch screen that allows you to control a little everything on board including the infotainment system. The driver benefits from a fully digital instrumentation consisting of a 7 or 10.3-inch screen, depending on the version. The cargo space is quite spacious with its volume of 380 liters.
“The new Jeep Avenger represents a key milestone for the brand, as it is the first model in a range of new Jeep BEVs to be introduced in Europe,” said Christian Meunier, President and CEO of the Jeep brand. “It offers the capabilities of a Jeep tailored to the European market, and at this Paris Motor Show, we explain why it is an excellent alternative to current players in the B-SUV segment.”