Another non-North American production vehicle for the Jeep® brand was unveiled earlier this week: the 2023 Jeep Avenger (JJ). Focused on the global market outside North America (specifically the European market), the Avenger is also the brand’s first-ever production battery-electric vehicle (BEV). And with the press putting their focus on the brand’s first completely zero-emission vehicle, many have skipped over the fact that an internal combustion engine (ICE) variant will be also available in select European countries.
Soon after the unveiling, Jeep launched multiple pre-order booking websites for the Avenger “1st Edition” across its websites in Europe. Those in the Italian and Spanish markets were quick to point out that they had the option of choosing either the fully electric or a turbocharged gasoline ICE model.
According to the Italian and Spanish pre-booking sites, the ICE engine is a turbocharged 1.2-liter producing 100 CV (74 kW) of power. Looking through the current Stellantis list of powertrains, we quickly found the turbocharged 1.2-liter PureTech inline-three-cylinder engine in the Opel Corsa, meeting all of the same specifications.
Stellantis says that the turbocharged 1.2-liter PureTech inline-three-cylinder (codenamed EB2ADTD) is capable of producing 74 kW (100 horsepower) @ 5,500 rpm and 205 N⋅m (151 lb.-ft.) of torque at 1,750 rpm while meeting Euro 6 standards. In Opel Corsa spec, the engine is mated to either a 6-speed PSA MB6 manual transmission or an 8-speed AWF8F automatic transmission sourced from Aisin.
Like the Corsa, the Avenger sits on the Stellantis EMP1 platform. So it makes sense, that both vehicles will share powertrains.
Jeep will only offer the Avenger initially in front-wheel drive (4×2), although it did show four-wheel drive (4×4) capability is possible with the Avenger 4xe Concept also shown at the Paris Motor Show. Nevertheless, we don’t think Jeep is quite done with the Avenger lineup yet.
But hope to learn more details about the ICE variants specifications from Jeep themselves in the upcoming weeks.