If you watched the LIVE unveiling earlier today, then you know that the Jeep® brand pulled the covers off the brand’s first-ever battery-electric vehicle (BEV): the 2023 Jeep Avenger (JJ)!
The subcompact Jeep Avenger spearheads the introduction of a portfolio of capable, fully-electric vehicles aimed at being the perfect size for the European marketplace, as well as, a key component in the brand’s global electrification strategy.
Designed and built to be a Jeep vehicle from the start, the Avenger packs the Jeep DNA into a small B-segment SUV with a unique combination of capability, style, functionality, and technology to satisfy the needs of the ever-connected customer.
“The new Jeep Avenger represents a key milestone for the brand as it is the first of a portfolio of all-new Jeep BEVs to be introduced in Europe,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep CEO. “It offers Jeep brand capability that is rightsized for the European market and at the Paris Motor Show, we are showcasing why it is a great all-electric Jeep brand alternative to current players in the B-SUV segment.”
Produced in the highly-efficient Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland, the new Avenger is equipped with standard Selec-Terrain® and Hill Descent Control (HDC) which, together with its outstanding approach and departure angles and the vehicle’s ground clearance, bring impressive levels of capability into the segment.
Europe Is The Main Focus For This New Jeep –
Developed with the specific needs of European customers in mind, the new Avenger is a small B-SUV, at just four meters in length (160.6 inches), it is positioned in the rapidly growing B-UV segment (the second biggest European segment in terms of volume).
In 2023, the B-UV segment is expected to reach an annual total of 2.2 million sales, which accounts for 1:5 vehicles sold in Europe. The Avenger will be positioned under Renegade complementing the Jeep brand offering, in the B-UV segment.
“The Jeep Avenger is the first zero-emission SUV for the Jeep brand,” said Antonella Bruno, Head of Jeep Europe. “It will be the new entry point to the Jeep range and will allow us to complete our SUV coverage and we expect it to become the best-selling model in our portfolio by 2024. Avenger adds another level of electrification to our offering and represents a further step in the Jeep brand’s evolution”.
The Avenger will arrive in European showrooms early next year, however, European customers can already pre-order a First Edition model, an eye-catching, fully-equipped version, in most of the European markets.
This makes it a valuable and appealing choice for those who are looking for a zero-emission alternative from the Jeep brand, away from the more traditional players in the segment. The new Jeep Avenger aims to expand the customer base targeting active lifestyle people looking for a capable and modern design with compact dimensions and spacious interiors.
All-New All-Electric Powertrain –
The Avenger features a new generation of electric propulsion system, which combines a new electric motor (e-motor) and a new battery.
Using a 400-volt electric powertrain, it is the first one to be launched by Emotors, a joint venture between Stellantis and Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding. The new e-motor will produce 115 kW (156 horsepower) and 260 N⋅m (192 lb.-ft.) of torque.
The new 54 kWh battery (also produced by Stellantis), offers a high energy density and an excellent ratio between nominal and usable energy. Specifically, the battery pack is made up of 17 modules and 102 cells utilizing NMC 811 Lithium-Ion chemistry and delivers 400 kilometers (249 miles) of range using the WLTP cycle, which becomes 550 kilometers (342 miles) in the urban cycle.
The battery, which was tested for over 2 million kilometers (1.24 million miles), is extremely compact, and non-intrusive, and is found under the front and rear seats and central tunnel. Furthermore, it is protected by a high ground clearance and underbody skid plates during off-road driving.
Using a 100 kW Mode 4 cable in direct current (DC) connected to a fast public charger, three minutes of charge is enough to provide a travel distance of 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). Also, 24 minutes is sufficient to charge the batteries from 20 to 80% charge.
Considering that most European users travel an average of 30 kilometers a day, it is likely that the vehicle can be driven for days before needing to be recharged. Meanwhile, with an 11 kW Mode 3 cable for alternating current (AC) connected to a Mopar Wallbox or a public station, the Avenger can be charged from 0% to 100% in 5.5 hours.
Jeep Capability –
An essential pillar in any Jeep SUV is its capability. This continues with a most sustainable approach with the new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 4xe models, and now the new fully-electric models.
The Avenger is the first front-wheel drive Jeep vehicle, equipped with standard Selec-Terrain and HDC, which together with impressive approach and departure angles and the vehicle’s ground clearance, make it a benchmark in the segment.
The Selec-Terrain system offers 6 modes: “Normal” for everyday driving; “Eco” to enhance range; “Sport” for more driving fun; “Snow” for maximum traction on icy roads or trails; “Mud” to optimize mud performance and to enhance grip; and “Sand” to limit the risk of becoming stuck on sandy soil.
The vehicle’s architecture reaches the highest levels of compactness possible without compromising any of the Jeep brand’s distinct characteristics.
The Avenger is only 4,080 millimeters long (160.6 inches), meaning it is 16 cm (6.3 inches) shorter than the current Renegade. Avenger also has shorter front and rear overhangs which enhance its proportions. Additionally, its on-the-road presence is enhanced by larger wheels than would be expected from a vehicle of this size.
Thanks to those short overhangs and large wheels, the Avenger offers the best ground clearance in the category (200 millimeters or 7.87 inches), as well as an outstanding approach (20°), break-over (20°), and departure (32°) angles, which are essential for off-road driving but also useful in city life, for example when driving up a steep parking ramp.
The Avenger follows a design approach offering a modern interpretation of Jeep design in a compact package. The front of the vehicle displays the iconic 7-slot grille, an authentic Jeep brand signature that has evolved from a vertical to a more horizontal pattern for functional efficiency.
The bent-over grille is positioned in front of the headlamps to protect them in case of impact. The bulging fenders, another classic Jeep design element, offer a sense of strength and robustness while communicating a solid and imposing presence on and off-road.
The side view is marked by the classic trapezoidal wheel arches, designed to optimize wheel travel for maximum articulation. The vehicle features imposing 18-inch wheels, with a robust design and diamond cut finish, mounted on a 690 mm (27-inch) tire diameter. The silhouette was carefully crafted to maximize the aero efficiency and convey a sense of dynamism, reinforced by a floating “C” pillar, which is a familiar trait within the current line-up.
In the rear, the vehicle features signature lights inspired by the classic X fuel cans. This “X” is a recurring theme inside and outside via the “X-Camo”, a pattern that combines the concept of “camouflage” with the letter “X”.
360° Of Protection –
In order to reduce any damage caused by low-speed impacts, which make up around 70% of cases in Europe, the Avenger is equipped with skid plates, 360-degree cladding, and encased-protected headlamps.
Specifically, the front headlamps are encased and positioned up high for protection in the case of low-speed impacts. Plus, the new SUV skid plates are made of polymer mold-in color.
For example, if they are scratched, the damage is not visible. Also, in areas that are more exposed, including the doors, the cladding is even higher to offer extra protection.
Functional & Spacious Interior –
The interior of the all-new Jeep Avenger continues the “design to function” premise. The clean and robust interior design, which is anchored by a lean dashboard, was inspired by the Jeep brand’s history and particularly by the Jeep Wrangler (JL).
Once inside the vehicle, the eyes are immediately drawn to the upper part of the dashboard where a single horizontal function ‘beam’ includes all the air vents, ambient lighting, and a centrally located 10.25-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen, which can be seen by both the driver and passenger. The lower side of the dashboard is marked by a wide-open storage shell.
The Avenger has unique details for this vehicle class such as premium seats with leather inserts that are electronically adjustable with a massage function (late availability), multi-color ambient light which reduces the strain on eyes during night driving, and a wide sunroof (late availability). The vehicle’s side lights remain visible when the rear hatch opens for greater protection and safety.
The central console has also been developed to maximize available usable space for the driver and passengers. Designed to ensure the greatest interior storage space possible in a compact body, the new Avenger has the most in its category: 34 liters of front storage, which is an impressive figure considering the 15-liter average in the segment.
This extraordinary result was achieved by optimizing all the spaces and creating functional and spacious storage compartments.
Designed with flexibility and modularity in mind, the central tunnel dividers can be moved to fit the sizes of various objects or even be removed to make space for larger objects. Further useful space is available under the automatic transmission buttons and protected by a folding magnetic cover. In this space, a cell phone can be charged while simultaneously storing a 1.5-liter bottle of water.
Design-to-function rules have also been applied to the trunk. Its volume is among the best in the segment (380 liters) and its functionality can be seen in its sill height of the boot loading which has been lowered down to 720 mm (28.3 inches), the rear hatch width which has been increased to over 1 meter and the addition of a hands-free power liftgate which is not usual in the segment.
The seats are made in vinyl with the following parts in leather (the central part of the backrest and headrest).
The Latest Tech –
Made for “always connected” customers, the new Jeep Avenger ensures a great digital onboard experience. All versions will be equipped with a 10.25-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment touchscreen combined with a full digital cluster available in two variants (7 and 10.25 inches).
The smartphone-like graphics are embedded in the new Uconnect system. In addition, the system offers the possibility to physically mirror one’s own device on the radio via wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; mix and match content to build your own interface (up to 12 widgets per page, up to 6 pages); embedded navigation by TomTom with enhanced natural voice recognition; and over-the-air (OTA) updates.
The Jeep Avenger also offers a suite of services and functionalities that users can take advantage of remotely. For example, thanks to the Jeep Mobile App, users can locate the location of their cars directly from their smartphones. Users can even lock and unlock their doors, check the battery level, set the climate functions, and recharge the vehicle, as well as interact directly with the Avenger through a vocal assistant.
Advanced Driving Assistance Equipment –
Avenger offers a full array of driving assistance features. It boasts Level 2 autonomous driving, which automatically adjusts speed and trajectory, and makes use of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Centering.
In this way, support is provided to the driver in order to help the vehicle follow the lane and to remains in the center of the lane and at a safe distance from the vehicle preceding it in order to provide a serene driving experience. Plus, Level 2 autonomous driving includes Traffic Jam Assist, for a relaxed and comfortable drive even in case of heavy traffic.
The new model also offers Traffic Sign Recognition, which reads and interprets road signs; Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, which slows the vehicle down to a halt to mitigate the risk of possible accidents; Drowsy Driver Alert, which alerts the driver when a moment of drowsiness affects attention; Blind Spot Monitoring which monitors a driver’s blind spot; Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver when the car has gone out of the lane; 360° parking sensors with Active Park Assist (late availability); and 180° rear camera with drone view.
Avenger First Edition –
Starting today and continuing until November 30th, there is a pre-ordering initiative dedicated to the new Jeep Avenger First Edition – an exclusive, fully equipped, and fully electric, eye-catching configuration that in Italy and Spain only will also be available with a turbocharged gasoline engine. It is a ‘can’t-miss’ opportunity as those who express their interest online through pre-ordering will be the first ones able to order it and, therefore, drive it.
Once on the website, the user can access a dedicated platform and choose the powertrain, where available, preferred livery, and the nearest dealer. At this point, the user will be able to provide contact details and privacy consent to find out when the vehicle will be finally available at the dealer for actual orders.
The eye-catching Jeep Avenger First Edition has a two-tone livery – Sun with Volcano roof or Granite with Volcano roof—or full Volcano livery and has been enhanced by privacy glass, 18-inch aluminum wheels that highlight its personality on the road, and front and rear full LED lights. The interior includes multi-color ambient light and a yellow dashboard fascia; premium heated black seats with yellow accents; a heated windshield; a padded cover for the central console; a height-adjustable cargo floor and a hands-free power liftgate.
Furthermore, the Launch Edition offers the Uconnect 5 infotainment with a 10.25-inch screen, 10.25-inch full digital cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
Exclusive to the BEV version, the new Avenger First Edition is equipped with Level 2 ADAS systems which help drivers to maintain their speed, the distance from the vehicle ahead, and the center of the lane in a completely autonomous way.
Capping off the refined equipment package, there are, automatic air conditioning, the Blind Spot System, an auto high beam, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-foldable and heated side mirrors, 360° parking sensors with a rear camera with drone view, and Mode 3 cable for public recharging.
Exclusive 100+ Mopar Accessories –
Mopar is ready for the launch of the new Avenger with specific accessories and customization packs.
The Jeep Avenger will offer more than, allowing personalization, based on the customer’s specific needs and boast the “stand of the crowd” approach, giving customers several possibilities to make their own SUV unique.
Built In Poland –
The new Avenger will be produced at the Stellantis Tychy Assembly Plant in Poland. The plant occupies an area of more than 2.4 million sq. meters (2.5 million sq. ft.). The entire production cycle to transform coils of sheet metal into a finished car requires roughly 12 engineering hours and one car rolls off the assembly lines practically every 50 seconds.
The production at Tychy is organized to comply with the highest level of quality and has been awarded the Bronze, Silver, and Gold of the World Class Manufacturing program as a recognition of the constant improvement of products, processes, and services to remain an industry leader and provide the best choice for customers.
The Tychy Plant has made an impressive 12.5 million vehicles since its production launch in 1975 up to September 2022. Significant investments have been made in launching the B-SUV platform in Tychy.
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