As Stellantis restructures its European production lineup, bidding farewell to the beloved Jeep® Renegade and the urban-chic 500X, it swiftly prepares to fill the void with an expansion in its new B-segment lineup of utility vehicles (UVs). Sources have indicated that leading this charge are the highly anticipated Jeep Avenger 4×4 and the performance-oriented Abarth 600e, both set for a 2025 debut, promising contrasting yet captivating driving experiences.
The Jeep Avenger, a nameplate that has already made waves across Europe, continues to capture attention with its blend of rugged appeal and functional design. While initial models lacked all-wheel drive (AWD) capability, sources hint at an impending shift. Notably, the 2002 Paris Motor Show showcased the Jeep Avenger 4×4 Concept, teasing enthusiasts with a vision of enhanced off-road prowess.
Boasting features such as tow hooks, wider fenders, and larger, more aggressive tires, this concept envisioned an Avenger equipped to tackle challenging terrains with ease. Improved approach and departure angles, coupled with commendable ground clearance, signaled its readiness for off-road adventures. The possibility of an AWD variant now seems more plausible, with rumors suggesting a new electrified powertrain generating an impressive 240 horsepower, poised to elevate its capability.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Fiat 600e, sharing the same platform as the Avenger, hints at a different direction. Set to harness the success of the 500e city car, the 600e aims for a fusion of Italian styling and functionality. Reports suggest a potential Abarth variant, the 600e, leveraging the same robust powertrain as the Avenger. This performance-focused iteration, the Abarth 600e, is envisioned as a track-oriented marvel, meticulously crafted to offer a distinct driving experience without encroaching upon the Avenger’s terrain dominance.
Presently, both vehicles feature an all-electric powertrain comprising a 400-volt front-mounted electric motor manufactured by Emotors. With 154 horsepower (115 kW) and 192 lb.-ft. of torque, these models are equipped with a 54 kWh battery pack, delivering an impressive WLTP range of up to 400 km (250 miles) or 550 km (340 miles) in an urban cycle.
Anticipation builds as industry insiders hint at a 2025 debut for these anticipated variants. However, Stellantis is yet to officially confirm their availability in the U.S. or Canadian markets.
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