New Jeep Avenger electric SUV gets AWD and 249-mile target range
More details on Jeep’s first EV will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, before the Smart #1 rival launches in early 2023
Jeep remains one of the few carmakers yet to feature an EV in its line-up, but that’s about to change. The American brand has confirmed plans to introduce four all-new electric cars by 2025, with the first being this: a compact zero-emissions SUV called the Jeep Avenger.
The baby Jeep EV will make its world debut on 17 October at the Paris Motor Show, with reservations opening on the same day before the first examples land in European showrooms in early 2023. But before we finally get to see it in the metal, Jeep has kindly revealed some new details about the zero-emissions Avenger.
As we suspected, Jeep’s first EV will sit on a new version of the ‘e-CMP’ platform used for the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e SUVs. Jeep has also confirmed that there will be an all-wheel drive version, which has never been offered in any of the Avenger’s Stellantis Group sister cars. Meanwhile, entry-level models are likely to be front-wheel drive, like the DS, Peugeot and Vauxhall.
Jeep Avenger range and charging
Jeep also says its targeting a range of 249 miles (400km) for the Avenger, which is 40 miles further than Mokka-e can cover on a charge, but doesn’t quite match the range of future rivals like the Smart #1 and Kia Niro EV. It is just a projection for now, and we expect the final WLTP figure to be revealed in October.
The Avenger’s battery size and maximum charging speed haven’t been announced either, though we expect them to be the same as the e-2008 and Mokka-e, which means a 50kWh battery and 100kW rapid charging capability.
Interior, design and tech
A brief teaser video featuring the Avenger gives us our first look inside the cabin as well, which features a large central touchscreen mounted high up on the dashboard, and could be the same unit found in the electric Fiat 500. Either way, it’ll be running the latest version of Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system, and will probably be paired with a fully digital driver’s display.
Spy shots of the Avenger’s interior revealed that below the central screen will be a row of physical switches for the climate controls, and a dial for media volume. Plus, the rather chunky three-spoke steering wheel also appears to feature physical controls – something of a rarity in 2022.
Boot space in the Jeep Avenger stands at 321 litres, which is slightly up on the Mokka-e and nearly 50 litres more than you get in the Smart #1. In fact, it’s just 30 litres down on the Renegade SUV it’ll sit below in the Jeep range. UK pricing and specifications are still under wraps, but the most capable model will wear the familiar 'Trailhawk' badge.
The video also confirms that the road-going Avenger’s styling is identical to the concept art shared back in March. Up front, there’s a blanked-out version of the brand’s iconic seven-slot grille and the blue ‘e’ badging already worn by plug-in hybrid Jeeps. The rear gets a set of X-shaped tail lights and a gently sloping roofline.
The Avenger does appear to sit rather high, and has large black plastic bumpers and side cladding, to give it a more off-road-ready look. The same goes for the pronounced wheelarches, while the short front and rear overhangs should help maximise cabin space, and improve approach and departure angles when tackling inclines off-road.
Future Jeep EV plans
The new Avenger is just one of the four brand-new electric cars Jeep is planning to introduce by 2025. Next up is an electric version of its flagship Wagoneer SUV (left), which has a target range of 400 miles and, Jeep says, will be capable of 0-60mph in around 3.5 seconds. Then there's the Recon 4x4 (right), which be available exclusively with electric power and has been designed to go off-road, allowing it to serve as a zero-emissions alternative to the brand’s iconic Wrangler. The electric Wagoneer and Recon 4x4 will launch in the UK in 2024 and 2025 respectively.
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