Jeep Avenger Would Be The Perfect Chevy Equinox EV Rival

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It would have been an excellent rival to the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV.

Earlier this year, Jeep revealed the all-new Avenger EV and said that it was not meant for the USA. It's simply too small for our liking, and we'll be getting the much larger Recon instead.

The Avenger is aimed squarely at the Europeans, which is why Jeep chose to do the full unveiling at the Paris Motor Show this week. We now have the full details, and we still don't fully understand why it's not coming to the USA. There's a huge hole for affordable EV crossovers, and Chevrolet is the only manufacturer making an effort to close it.

As the first electric Jeep, the Avenger will spearhead the brand's global electrification strategy. The Avenger has all the latest technology, including a 54 kWh battery and a single electric motor producing 154 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.

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Jeep claims two range figures for the Avenger, both based on the WLTP cycle. On the combined cycle (highway and city), it should be able to go 250 miles on a charge. In city conditions, the figure increases to 344 miles.

The second-generation 400-volt electric powertrain can be charged from 20% to 80% in 24 minutes via 100 kW fast charging. Using an 11 kW Mode 3 cable for alternating current connected to a Wallbox or public station, the Avenger can be fully loaded with electricity within 5.5 hours.

The Europeans travel an average of 19 miles per day, so if an Avenger is city-bound, it can go 18 days without needing a charge. Imagine the savings over a gas-powered alternative like the Jeep Renegade. Speaking of, the Avenger is a size down on the Renegade

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The Avenger is the first front-wheel-drive Jeep equipped with standard Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control. So while it's not technically meant for off-roading, it should be fine on a slippery, badly corrugated gravel road. The available driving modes are Eco, Sport, Snow, Mud, and Sand. It has eight inches of ground clearance and approach, breakover, and departure angles of 21, 20, and 34 degrees, respectively.

A 4x4 Avenger was shown in concept form, and it will eventually join the range in the future, likely as a Trailhawk derivative.

As you can see in the images, the Avenger also has 360-degree cladding and encased headlights. This is not meant to provide protection off-road but rather against the low-speed impacts, which comprise 70% of reported incidents in Europe.


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 inches touch screen, which can be seen by both the driver and passenger. A wide-open storage shell marks the lower side of the dashboard.

All versions will be equipped with a 10.25-inch radio screen Uconnect Infotainment, while the digital instrument cluster will be available in seven and 10.25 inches. As standard, the Avenger is Level 2 Autonomous and comes standard with every imaginable driving assistance acronym.

As is the Jeep brand tradition, the new Avenger can be enhanced with specific accessories and customization packs.

The final pricing is not available yet, and the car's success will depend on that.

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