The 8th of September Stellantis unveiled a number of electrified vehicles, including the first Jeep EV, the Avenger. A month later, the Avenger made its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, with sleek aesthetics, smart interior and decent powertrain.
The Avenger subcompact SUV is currently available to order in a number of European countries in the fully equipped 1st edition. A month after its initial reveal, the automaker claims that the pre-booking phase of the Jeep Avenger has been a remarkable success, receiving more than 10,000 bookings.
The order of the Jeep Avenger 1st Edition, which starts at around $41,500, started a while ago and is open in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Poland. Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2023.
With its style, tasteful technology and efficient powertrain, we think the 2023 Jeep Avenger would challenge the Mazda MX-30 and Hyundai Nexo on American soil. Here are some of the Jeep Avenger’s strong points and why we wish it was available in the American EV market.
The 2023 Jeep Avenger is incredibly eye-catching
Starting from the front fascia, the company’s seven-slot grille has now been cleverly integrated to represent the electrified powertrain. The side profile also pays homage to the classic Jeep, with a suitably abrupt drop at the C-pillar, and the ‘X’ taillights, which have been there since the company’s founding, get a modern update. Thanks to the clever placement of the body cladding, car park scrapes are more likely to damage the raw gray plastic than the painted bumpers or headlights.
On paper, the basic specs look promising enough. The brand built the Avenger on an upgraded version of the parent company’s CMP platform. CMP’s advancements have allowed for reduced overhangs, improving the car’s approach and departure angles to match the larger Jeep Renegade. This, along with some clever design work around the wheel arches, gives the Avenger a more grounded stance than previous vehicles on the same architecture, even though it has the same width.
The 2023 Jeep Avenger makes a strong statement with its cool powertrain
The Jeep Avenger comes with an all-electric powertrain that is also used in other Stellanti electric cars in Europe, such as the Peugeot e-308 or the recently launched Opel Astra Electric. It has a 54 kWh battery pack with 10 cell modules under the rear seats and 7 cell modules under the front seats. It comes with a front-mounted electric motor with 154 horsepower and 191 pound-feet.
As well as three-phase AC charging, which is less convenient for some, UK customers also get a heat pump as standard equipment. According to Automaker, the Jeep Avenger can charge a battery from 20% to 80% in 24 minutes using a quick charger. Jeep estimates the car will be able to drive about 249 miles between charges, or 342 miles in stop-and-go city traffic, allowing for more frequent braking energy recovery.
The Jeep Avenger is only available in a front-wheel drive configuration. Although an all-wheel-drive form of the Jeep Avenger is not currently offered, the manufacturer showed a 4×4 concept version of the vehicle at the Paris Motor Show. That means a 4X4 could be in the works, or at least being considered. In addition to the all-electric powertrain, the Avenger is also offered in Italy and Spain with a 100-horsepower 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
The 2023 Jeep Avenger offers an interestingly designed cabin and decent technology
With drive selector buttons in place of optional gear levers and traditional buttons for heating and ventilation, the Avenger’s dashboard is simple and tastefully designed. This is exactly what you would expect from a company that places great emphasis on functionality. There are enough body-colored inserts to lighten the mood and patterned textures where there might otherwise be stark gray plastic, but the overall finish is more intelligent and elegant than opulent.
A single 10.25-inch entertainment system with Android and Apple integration and TomTom navigation sits in the center of the dashboard. The digital instrument panel will be the same size on more expensive models and seven inches on cheaper models. The center panel interface is sleek and the system is very responsive. Smartphones, wearables and home assistants will also be able to access extensions to the software’s capabilities.
The 2023 Jeep Avenger is a capable crossover EV
The Avenger’s three road-based driving modes allow for three different throttle calibrations, adding to this refined experience. Normal mode produces 107 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, while Eco mode produces 81 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. While the efficiency-focused option might seem a bit sluggish, the quick EV torque would probably still offer adequate pace in suburban traffic, should you want to squeeze every mile of range from the vehicle. The standard setting has enough power to get you through any freeway.
You can position the Jeep precisely thanks to the steering’s constant weighting, satisfying amount of weight, and directness and speed. It does an excellent job of staying level through corners, and the chassis is also adjustable; if the nose starts to wash out in understeer, which is a normal and completely expected behavior if you misbehave, a mid-corner lift can help it get back in line. If the Jeep Avenger were available on the American electric car scene, we think it would certainly have held its own against the Hyundai Nexo, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, and Mazda MX-30.