2023 Jeep Avenger detailed as a FWD electric SUV for Europe, ICE variant coming soon

We’ve updated this article with live photos of the 2023 Jeep Avenger from its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, which runs from October 17-23, 2022. Check out our full coverage of the show here.

The Jeep Avenger, the brand’s first all-electric production vehicle, debuted at the 2022 Paris Motor Show. The small SUV designed for the European market is based on the Stellantis underpinnings, with a front-mounted electric motor and a WLTP range of 400 km (249 miles). Apart from the EV variant, the Avenger will also be available with a turbocharged petrol engine.

Jeep had already revealed the design of the Avenger at the Jeep 4Xe Day last month, but we now get a huge gallery showing the model from all possible angles, along with interior images and the announcement of its specifications.

Modern and robust style, practical and technically filled cabin

The exterior has a classic Jeep vibe, with the seven-slot grill, split LED headlights, muscular fenders, trapezoidal wheel arches, X-shaped LED graphics on the taillights, aluminum-style skid plates and a heavy dose of plastic cladding on the bumpers and side boards. Jeep says the 360-degree fairing and shielded headlights provide protection against low speeds, which are common in Europe. In addition, the alloy wheels are 18 inches in diameter, improving the proportions, and the roof is available in black for a duo-tone treatment.

Inside, the design is simple with a horizontal body-colored dashboard, a digital cockpit and several storage compartments with a total capacity of 34 liters (1.2 cubic feet) in the front row combined with a 380-liter (13.4 cubic feet) trunk. The 10.25-inch standalone touchscreen includes the latest Uconnect infotainment compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, combined with a 7-inch or 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The equipment also includes automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, 360-degree parking sensors and a reversing camera with “drone view”. In terms of ADAS, the Avenger is capable of Level 2 autonomy, thanks to features such as Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering and Active Park Assist.

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Starting today and till November 30, Jeep is offering a pre-booking initiative for the feature-packed Jeep Avenger 1st Edition. The model is available in sun or granite shades with a volcano roof, or in full volcano livery. It also comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and full LED lights. Inside, standard kit includes dual 10.25-inch screens, a wireless charging pad, multi-color ambient lighting, premium heated black seats with yellow accents, a height-adjustable cargo floor and a hands-free electric drive.

At the Paris Motor Show, Jeep is also showing a customized version of the Avenger with a granite exterior fender, a volcano roof, gloss black wheels, blue accents and X-camo livery hood stickers that are also found inside the cabin. The company will offer more than 100 accessories and customization packages for the Avenger that allow customization.

Stellantis Underpinnings, EV and petrol variants

The Jeep Avenger is based on the eCMP architecture, just like the Peugeot e-2008, Opel Moka-e and Citroen DS3 E-Tense, although it is the most compact of the bunch, measuring 4,076 mm (160.5 in) long. This figure makes it 154 mm (6.1 in) shorter than the Renegade, positioning it as the new entry point in Jeep’s range.

The SUV is equipped with a 400-volt front-mounted electric motor that produces 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) and 260 Nm (191.8 lb-ft) of torque. Those figures are identical to many other EVs from the Stellantis portfolio, but Jeep says the second-generation electric motor is the first to be launched by Emotors – a joint venture of Stellantis and Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding.

Energy is stored in a battery with a capacity of 54 kWh which is mounted under the front and rear seats and the central tunnel. Jeep claims a WLTP range of 400 km (249 miles) in the combined cycle and up to 550 km (342 miles) in the urban cycle where EVs are most efficient. With a 100 kW Mode 4 cable and a fast charger, the battery can be charged from 20-80% in 24 minutes, or add 30 km (19 miles) of range in three minutes. When connected to a standard wallbox with an 11 kW Mode 3 cable, a full charge takes 5.5 hours.

Despite earlier rumours, there is no mention of an all-wheel-drive variant, with the zero-emissions Avenger being a FWD-only model at the moment. Interestingly, Jeep said that in Italy and Spain, the Avenger 1st Edition will also be available with a turbocharged petrol engine along with the EV. This will most likely be the 1.2-liter Puretech from Stellanti’s parts bin, which explains the visible twin tailpipes in earlier camouflaged prototype sightings.

The Avenger may be a civilized B-SUV, but Jeep hasn’t forgotten its origins. Thus, the model offers the best ground clearance in its segment at 200 mm (7.9 inches) from the ground, while having good off-road angles thanks to the short overhangs. Specifically, the approach and break angles are 20 degrees, and the departure angle is 32 degrees. The model also comes standard with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain (with Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow, Mud and Sand modes) and Hill Descent Control.

The Jeep Avenger will be manufactured at Stellanti’s factory in Tychy, Poland, following recent investments. As we mentioned earlier, the model is already available for pre-order in specific European markets, ahead of the market launch in early 2023. Antonella Bruno, head of Jeep Europe, expects the Avenger to be the best-selling model in Jeep’s portfolio by 2024. The company suggests that The Avenger is the first in a full “portfolio of capable, all-electric vehicles” that will be “right-sized for Europe”, confirming four electric car launches by 2025.

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