Subsequent to its world premiere nearly one year ago, the Jeep® Avenger (JJ) is now gearing up for launch in Australia. The brand’s first battery-electric (BEV) production model and their smallest vehicle yet will arrive in “down under” in 2024, though interested parties can already register on the official Jeep Australia website and to secure one of the first units.
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.
It is the most compact Jeep yet; 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.
A gasoline-powered model will also be available in Australia. However, Jeep® Australia has yet to mention if it will be the European-based turbocharged 1.2-liter inline-three-cylinder engine from Peugeot or the turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three-cylinder engine from the Chrysler side of the portfolio.