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Jeep Avenger

Electric, front-wheel drive Jeep Avenger unveiled

The Jeep Avenger, the brand’s first-ever battery electric vehicle (BEV), which is front-wheel drive rather than four-wheel drive, has been revealed at the 2022 Paris Motor Show.

The Avenger has a new generation 400 Volt electric propulsion system with a new electric motor and a new battery. Jeep claims that charging at 100 kW will provide over 18 miles of driving range in just three minutes, and 24 minutes are sufficient to charge the batteries from 20 to 80% (read more about EV charging curves).

The new 54 kWh battery, which is produced by Stellantis, delivers 248 miles of range in the WLTP cycle. The electric motor generates 115 kW (156 HP), and 260 Nm of torque.

The new Avenger – which is front-wheel drive rather than four-wheel drive – is equipped with standard SelecTerrain and Hill Descent Control, and has 200 mm of ground clearance as well as 20° approach, 20° breakover and 32° departure angles. It has 18-inch wheels and the battery is protected by underbody skid plates during off-road driving.

The Selec-Terrain® system offers six modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow, Mud, and Sand – but we did wonder why Jeep hasn’t offered the Avenger with four-wheel drive. However our question was answered with the announcement at the end of the press conference at the Paris Motor Show about the ‘Jeep Avenger 4×4 Concept’.

In order to reduce any damage caused by low-speed impacts, which make up around 70% of impacts in Europe, the new Avenger is equipped with 360-degree cladding and encased protected headlamps.

Jeep says that the new Avenger is ‘developed with the specific needs of European customers in mind’. The Avenger is a compact SUV which, at just four metres in length, is positioned in the rapidly growing B-SUV segment, the second biggest European segment in terms of volume.

In 2023, the B-SUV segment is expected to reach an annual total of 2.2 million sales, which accounts for one in five vehicles sold in Europe. The new Avenger is positioned under the Renegade, and is only 4.08 metres long, which is 16 cm shorter than the Renegade.

The Jeep Avenger arrives in showrooms early next year, with UK customers being able to place reservations from January 2023.

The new Jeep Avenger Launch Edition will also be available with a turbo petrol engine in Italy and Spain.