This Avenger marks the beginning of Jeep’s electric future. It looks like a small SUV with decent range. We could see it at the Paris Motor Show.
Here it is, Jeep’s first electric car. It is part of a series of three vehicles that will be 100% electric, the Avenger being the first to be seen in real life. It’s an exercise in style for this brand, as the Jeep brand isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to eco-friendly driving.
Today, Jeep is the SUV specialist of the Stellantis group (including Peugeot, Citroën, Opel and Fiat). After the Jeep Renegade and Compass, which have already had hybrid extensions, this is a 100% electric model.
A French electric motor
This Jeep has something French… Yes, yes, its electric motor developed by the Stellantis group was manufactured at the French factory in Trémery, formerly the largest diesel engine production plant. It is not a big engine, it offers an output of 115 kW (156 hp) and a maximum torque of 260 Nm.
This is still better than electric cars from Stellantis, including the DS 3 e-Tense, Peugeot e-2008 and Opel Mokka (100 kW/136 hp). This second generation of 400 volt electric powertrains is the first launched by Emotors, a joint venture between Stellantis and Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding.
On the autonomy side, we are talking about a range of 390 km with the small 54 kWh battery. At best, one can even imagine more than 500 kilometers in the city. In charging time, it will take 25 minutes to do 20 to 80% with DC fast charging up to 100 kW (compared to 11 kW in AC).
Small ergonomic cross-over
Now that the introductions are done, let’s take a closer look at what it offers. Avenger is a crossover or urban SUV. As such, it really looks like a Peugeot e-2008. It is 4.08 meters long, which is quite short even for a small SUV. What is surprising is therefore the boot volume: 380 litres.
There is no frustrated, trunk in front. Jeep hasn’t bothered to hide the engine. One might think that it is a heat engine.
On the outside, the Avenger takes up the Jeep codes: the headlights are framed by a curved grille, the wide fenders are reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler cut for off-road capabilities. As on the Wrangler and Renegade, an X has been placed on the rear lights.
It’s not an SUV per se. It does not have four-wheel drive, only front-wheel drive. But by diving into the menus we find beyond an eco mode, a sand, snow or mud mode. The vehicle has 18-inch wheels with 690 mm tires.
Once inside the vehicle, we appreciated the dashboard, which features a single horizontal beam with all air vents, ambient lighting and a central 10.25-inch touchscreen (7-inch range). The underside of the dashboard is marked with a wide open storage compartment. We also noticed that there was a lot of storage space.
The Uconnect Infotainment interface and software remain rudimentary. Fortunately, you can use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on it. Both of these interfaces work wirelessly. In terms of infotainment, you can customize your interface with up to twelve widgets per page, up to six pages. We were also able to see the navigation integrated by TomTom with voice recognition, which will receive OTA updates.
The Jeep Avenger will also have driver assistance. It benefits from Level 2 autonomous driving, which automatically adjusts speed and lane, and uses adaptive cruise control and lane centering. Traffic sign recognition is offered and reads and interprets road signs with an automatic emergency braking system that recognizes pedestrians and cyclists. It will thus automatically brake if necessary.
At the moment, no price has been published: we expect a price (excluding organic bonus) of 35,000 to 40,000 euros. Pre-orders will be open from early November 2022.
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