for his first fully electric car, Jeep wants to start testing the waters in Europe. The automaker unveiled the Avenger, a battery-powered compact SUV, at the 2022 Paris Motor Show today.
We learned of Jeep’s plans for its first electric SUV in March when the company showed off two images. Jeep didn’t reveal any specs or details at the time, just confirming that it would launch the EV in early 2023. Now, we have some actual specs on the Jeep Avenger, which appears to be geared towards European city driving.
City-friendly Jeep — Jeep put a 400V electric motor in the Avenger, giving it 156 horsepower and 260Nm of peak torque. A 54-kWh battery powers the electric SUV, which means it has a range of about 250 miles, or 340 miles when used in urban settings, according to Jeep.
It’ll take three minutes to get about 18 miles of range when using DC fast chargers, which will also charge you from 20 to 80 percent in the Avenger in 24 minutes. When using the less powerful AC charge, it will take 5.5 hours to fully charge the Avenger. Jeep claims that Europeans only drive about 18 miles a day, which means they probably won’t have to charge the Avenger as often.
The front-wheel drive SUV has 18-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch infotainment system, and level two autonomous driving. The Avenger will have some typical Jeep features like Hill Descent Control and Selec-Terrain, where you can choose from six drive modes to suit driving conditions. To make it more ready for off-roading, the Avenger has 20 centimeters of ground clearance, a 20-degree approach angle and a 32-degree departure angle.
Electrifying car brands — This may be Jeep’s first all-electric offering, but its parent company, Stellantis, has been looking to electrify most of its brands’ vehicles. Stellantis brands such as Dodge, Maserati and Citroën have been busy working on making their own electric vehicles, as part of Stellantis’ overall electrification strategy.
As for the Jeep Avenger, it will arrive in dealerships early next year. Jeep is also offering a “First Edition” model available for pre-order now through November 30, which will be equipped with a larger infotainment unit, 360-degree parking sensors and a blind spot system. However, Jeep did not reveal any pricing estimates for the Avenger or the Premiere Edition.