Jeep has unveiled the new Avenger, the brand’s first-ever fully electric compact SUV, at the Paris Motor Show, and opened pre-booking for the Launch Edition.
The new electric powertrain combines a 400-volt electric motor with 115kW (156hp) power and 260Nm of maximum torque and a new 54kWh battery. This boasts a range of 400km (250 miles) in the WLTP cycle and 550km (343 miles) in the urban cycle. The brand plans to introduce four all-electric vehicles in Europe by 2025.
The new Avenger is 4.08m long, which is 16cm shorter than the Renegade. It offers 200mm ground clearance, as well as approach, breakover and departure angles of 20 degrees, 20 degrees and 32 degrees respectively, which are essential for off-road driving but also useful in city life, for example when driving up a steep parking ramp, the company said.
The Avenger arrives in showrooms early next year, but customers in most European markets can already pre-book the exclusive Launch Edition, a fully equipped version, available at a monthly instalment at €249. UK customers will be able to place reservations from January 2023. The pre-booking for the launch edition is open till November 30.
“The new Jeep Avenger represents a key milestone for the brand as it is the first of a portfolio of all-new Jeep BEVs to be introduced in Europe,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO. The vehicle is rightsized for the European market and is a great all-electric Jeep brand alternative to current players in the B-SUV segment, the CEO added.
Produced in the Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland, the new Avenger is equipped with standard SelecTerrain and Hill Descent Control. Using a 100kW Mode 4 cable in direct current connected to rapid public charging, three minutes of charge is enough to provide a range of 30km (18 miles), while 24 minutes are sufficient to charge the batteries from 20 to 80%, the company said.
The new Avenger is the first front-wheel drive Jeep vehicle equipped with standard Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control.
The Selec-Terrain system offers six modes: “Normal” for everyday driving; “Eco” to enhance range; “Sport” for more driving fun; “Snow” for maximum traction on icy roads or trails; “Mud” to optimise mud performance and to enhance grip; and “Sand” to limit the risk of becoming stuck on sandy soil.
It comes with a centrally located 10.25in touch screen, which can be seen by both the driver and passenger. The lower side of the dashboard is marked by a wide-open storage shell.
State-of-the-art infotainment is present on all versions, equipped with radio screen Uconnect Infotainment combined with full digital cluster available in two variants (7in and 10.25in).
It boasts Level 2 autonomous driving, which automatically adjusts speed and trajectory, and makes use of Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centring. In this way, the vehicle remains in the centre of the lane and at a safe distance from the vehicle preceding it in order to provide a serene driving experience. Plus, the Level 2 autonomous driving includes Traffic Jam Assist, for a relaxed and comfortable drive even in case of heavy traffic.
UK customers will be able to place reservations for the front-wheel-drive Avenger from January 2023 but can register interest HERE. UK pricing had not been set at the time of writing.