At the 2022 Paris Auto Show, Jeep unveiled its first fully electric vehicle, the 2023 Avenger. This subcompact-class crossover slots below the Renegade in size and at least for now, will not be sold in North America.
If the Avenger name sounds familiar, that’s because it was previously used by Jeep-parent Stellantis’ Dodge brand, first on a sporty coupe produced from 1994-2000 and then later on a midsize sedan that was made between 2007-2014.
The Jeep Avenger will be built on an updated version of Stellantis’ “eCMP” platform, which is also found on other European-market EVs including the Citroen e-C4, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, and Peugeot e-208. Initial Avengers will be front-wheel drive only and be powered by a single electric motor that produces 154 horsepower from a 54 kWh battery pack. Expected range is about 249 miles, though that could extend as far as 342 miles with exclusively city driving.
The battery can recharge with up to a 100kW connection, which according to Stellantis, allows the Avenger to go from 20 to 80 percent in just 24 minutes. A three-minute jolt at that level of charge can supposedly provide up to 19 miles of range.
Physically, the Avenger is more than 6 inches shorter overall than the already small Renegade. Despite its front-drive design, it will still have nearly 8 inches of ground clearance and provide the driver with six selectable drive modes, including settings for mud, sand, and snow. The cabin’s design follows current EV design trends with a virtual instrument cluster in front of the driver along with a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Among the storage highlights are a parcel shelf below the infotainment screen that stretches to the passenger side of the dashboard. The center console has a large covered bin, along with a wireless smartphone charger and cupholder that is capable of holding a 1.5-liter bottle. The cargo area is tiny with just 13 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks.
Alongside the production model, Jeep showed a concept Avenger that employs all-wheel drive. It would follow the design themes of the brand’s other “4xe” vehicles with blue trim pieces and front tow hooks. The AWD version also has slightly more ground clearance to go with flared fenders and beefier off-road-ready tires. A second electric motor will power the rear wheels, but that’s the extent of what was revealed about this vehicle.
Pricing was not available in time for this report, but expect the Avenger to start in the neighborhood of US$40,000. Deliveries from Jeep’s factory in Poland are slated to begin in early 2023.
It looks like Jeep has another hit on its hands. The Avenger’s design has all the cues to let you know that it’s a Jeep but with sensible, modern touches. Its diminutive size should make it an ideal runabout on tight European city roads while a range of at least 249 miles means most owners shouldn’t need to charge every day. It’s a shame the Avenger isn’t coming to the US, but that could change if there is enough consumer interest.
2023 Jeep Avenger Gallery
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