With the Detroit Auto Show Knock on the door, Jeep has finally entered the EV market with its first BEV, the Avenger, to mark its entry into the 4xe Day 2022. While Jeep was a little late to the EV party, they finally revealed their young daughter electric vehicles like the all-new Jeep Recon, an all-electric Wagoneer, and the Jeep Avenger to achieve the goal proposed in the Dare the future 2030 to plan.
Jeep’s electric future hinges heavily on its first BEV, the Avenger. They built the Avenger on a BEV-oriented platform, with a powerful powertrain and battery promising a range of 249 miles. The Avenger features modern Jeep design with a unique exterior design that’s both sleek and stylish. Jeep also said the Avenger would sit between the smaller Compass and the slightly larger Renegade.
Jeep has yet to reveal pricing, but we expect it to be around $40,000 in the US. Below we discuss everything we know about the Avenger.
The Avenger is Jeep’s small step towards electrification
The Avenger, as mentioned earlier, is Jeep’s first all-electric vehicle and a crucial part of Stellantis’ 4xe goal. While Jeep hasn’t confirmed which platform underpins the new Avenger, we expect Jeep to build it on the SLTA SMALL platform based on the battery specs below.
Jeep did not release any information about the Avenger’s powertrain. However, we expect the Avenger to be powered by two 201 horsepower electric motors. Jeep has confirmed that they will offer the Avenger in both two-wheel and all-wheel-drive models, which means the Avenger will offer 201 hp or 400 hp of total engine power.
As Jeep’s first BEV, the Avenger SUV will be powered by a 50kWh battery, which will give it a range of 249 miles on a single charge. Jeep will likely supply a standard 18kWh charger with the Avenger, and the battery can come with a 100kWh fast-charging support, which will cut the total charge time by about 30-40 minutes.
Being based on the same platform as the Chrysler Airflow, we expect higher models of the Avenger to feature SLTA Auto Drive Level 3 self-driving capabilities.
The Avenger flaunts unique exterior styling
Unlike other compact SUVs from Jeep, the Avenger incorporates a different style and is impressive. If you’re familiar with Jeep’s other products like the Cherokee, you’ll find similar design cues in the Avenger’s fascia. However, every vehicle changes over time, and so does the automotive industry. Jeep gave the Avenger signature Jeep styling, but incorporated new changes to the overall design language.
For example, the seven-slot grille design carries over to the fascia with the main headlight on both sides. New elements include two sleek front DRLs above the headlights and a chiseled five-slot grille below. The Avenger also features a newly designed bumper that will focus on providing better airflow through the electric powertrain. The front bumper features aerodynamic air gaps to allow a good amount of air to pass through the braking system.
The Avenger looks bold from behind. Newly designed X-shaped DRLs and blacked-out taillights give it a cool character. We can also see a newly attached LED bar under the rear spoiler, which will likely function as a raised tail light for the car. Additionally, a rear view camera, parking sensors and a newly installed skid plate are visible on the rear fascia.
Jeep designed the Avenger primarily for families looking for a sleek, compact SUV with decent capabilities. The compact size will provide buyers with easier maneuverability inside cities and will be easier to park. According to Antonella Bruno, Head of Jeep Europe, “The all-new Avenger will offer Jeep-branded capabilities tailored to the European market.”
He further said, “This modern, fun and emotional SUV will appeal to a growing number of customers who are looking for a capable, compact, modern and all-electric Jeep-branded alternative to today’s gamers.” Additionally, Jeep also informed us that the Avenger will offer impressive ground clearance, and when combined with the all-wheel-drive features and rear locking differentials, we expect the Avenger to perform well on B roads.
The 2023 Jeep Avenger will offer an opulent interior
First, Jeep didn’t provide any details about the Avenger’s interior or its dimensions. What you read here is pure speculation based on Jeep’s other products. The next Jeep Avenger will feature a sleek layout, which we hope will be very similar to the Jeep Compass. As can be seen at a glance, the dashboard will feature a 10.25-inch touchscreen with a Uconnect interface. On top of that, the cockpit will also feature a 7-inch hybrid cluster or a 10.25-inch all-digital cluster depending on the version.
The front will feature a pair of manually adjustable bucket seats with cloth covers, but you’ll get a pair of leather-wrapped power bucket seats in the upper trim. Higher versions will offer heating, lumbar support and memory settings. Jeep can also offer heated and cooled seats as well as heated rear seats. We expect the Avenger to offer decent functionality like other compact SUVs. It will provide a spacious cargo box and additional interior cargo space after folding the rear seats.
A decent dose of safety and driver assistance features
The 2023 Jeep Avenger will be equipped with a healthy dose of safety features. Although Jeep hasn’t confirmed it yet, higher models of the Avenger may come with ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels, and lower models may offer ventilated disc brakes in the front. Other than that, we also expect the top models to feature SLTA Auto Drive Level 3 self-driving capabilities with various driver assistance features.
Sources: Stellantis Newsroom USA, Jeep Europe