The all-new, all-electric Jeep® Avenger (JJ) has added to its collection of international accolades after being named ‘Best Small Car’ at the 2023 Autocar Awards.
The Autocar Awards, celebrate the best new cars on sale in the United Kingdom (U.K.) today, are curated by some of the most informed and experienced automotive journalists in the industry, hand-picking the best of the best in highly competitive categories.
“The Avenger’s design is every bit a true Jeep vehicle, and it has a real rugged character,” said Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar. ”The proportions are spot on, and, like the best small cars, it has real charm and character. Those qualities transfer to the way the Avenger drives. There’s a maturity to its ride, handling and steering, and the electric power is a boon around town. It feels far more sophisticated than a car this small has any right to. While the Avenger might be small on the outside, it never really feels it inside.”
“We are delighted to see yet another highly respected automotive publication recognises the Avenger’s exceptional customer offering in the compact car sector,“ stated Jules Tilstone, Managing Director, Jeep UK. “The Avenger is rich with Jeep DNA, now in compact form with no compromise on interior spaciousness. We are charging forward with the next generation of electrified Jeep vehicles, and the Avenger is at the forefront of this exciting new chapter.”
Designed to meet the needs of European customers, the Avenger’s functional design provides 360-degree protection and full freedom of movement, making it suitable for both urban and off-road driving. The subcompact entry can seat five passengers at 4.08 m (14.4 feet). Its interior is surprisingly versatile and roomy for a vehicle its size. With 1 m (3.28 feet) wide, a square-shaped cargo area is highly adaptable, with multiple modular storage pockets and a central tunnel that can be moved for removal depending on the user’s preference.
Built on the eCMP2 architecture, the Avenger is powered by a second-generation, highly efficient 400-Volt e-motor, known as the M3 power unit. This power unit is the first to be launched by eMotors, which is a 50/50 joint venture between Stellantis and Nidec. The M3 delivers 115kW (156 horsepower) and 260 Nm (192 lb.-ft.) of torque.
Avenger uses a new 54 kWh battery, which Stellantis produces at its Tychy Assembly Plant. The battery offers excellent energy density and a nominal to-usable energy ratio of 51 kWh. It consists of 17 modules and 102 cells, with NMC 811 Lithium-Ion chemistry.
Avenger’s powertrain provides an electric range of up to 400 km (249 mi) on the WLTP cycle and up to 550 km (342 mi) on the urban cycle. The standard fast-charging model allows the Avenger to recharge 30 km (18.6 mi) in just 3 minutes and go from 20% to 80% in 24 minutes.
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