Jeep reveals new Avenger EV with 400km range at Paris Motor Show

New electric powertrain combines 400-volt electric motor with 115 kilowatts and 260 Nm of maximum torque and a new 54 kWh battery

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 17 Oct 2022 Views icon4364 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Jeep has revealed the all-new Jeep Avenger, the brand’s first-ever battery electric vehicle (BEV), at the Paris Motor Show today.

The Jeep Avenger spearheads the introduction of a portfolio of capable, all-electric vehicles for Europe, and is a key component in a global electrification strategy. Designed and built as a Jeep, the Avenger packs the Jeep DNA into a compact SUV with a combination of capability, style, functionality, and technology to cater to ever-connected customers.

“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 brand 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 Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland, the new Avenger is equipped with standard Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control which, together with its outstanding approach and departure angles and the vehicle’s ground clearance, bring impressive levels of capability into the segment.

In terms of electrification, the Jeep Avenger is equipped with a new-generation 400 Volt electric propulsion system which combines a new electric motor and a new battery.  Jeep says, using a 100 kW Mode 4 cable in direct current connected to fast public charge, three minutes of charge is enough to provide travel distance of 30km. Also, 24 minutes are sufficient to charge the batteries from 20 to 80% charge.

Developed with the specific needs of European customers in mind, the new Avenger is a compact SUV which, at just four metres in length, is positioned in the rapidly growing B-SUV market, the second biggest European segment in terms of volume.

In 2023, the B- SUV segment is expected to reach an annual total of 2.2 million sales, which accounts for one in five vehicles sold in Europe. The new Avenger is positioned under Renegade complementing the Jeep brand offering, in the B-SUV segment.

“The Jeep Avenger is the first zero emission SUV for the Jeep brand,” said Antonella Bruno, Head of Jeep Europe in Stellantis, “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 bestselling 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".

All-new electric powertrain
The Jeep Avenger has a new generation electric propulsion system which combines a new electric motor and a new battery.The second-generation 400 Volt electric powertrain is the first one to be launched by Emotors, a joint venture between Stellantis and Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding. It supplies 115 kW, corresponding to 156 horsepower, and 260 Nm of maximum torque.

The new 54 kWh battery, which is 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 km of range in the WLTP cycle, which becomes 550 km in the urban cycle*.

The battery, which was tested for over 2 million kilometres, is extremely compact, non-intrusive and is located under the front and rear seats and the central tunnel. Furthermore, it is protected by a high ground clearance and underbody skid plates during off-road driving, says Jeep.

Recharging via a 100 kW Mode 4 cable in direct current, connected to fast public charge, means three minutes of charge is enough to provide travel distance of 30km; or 24 minutes is sufficient to charge the batteries from 20 to 80% charge.

Considering that European users travel 30 km on an average per day, it is likely that the vehicle can be driven for days before recharging. Meanwhile, with a 11 kW Mode 3 cable for alternating current connected to a Wallbox or public station, it is possible to ‘fill up’ (from 0% to 100%) in 5.5 hours.

 

Functional and spacious interiors
The interior of the all-new Jeep Avenger is inspired by the Jeep Wrangler. The  upper part of the dashboard has a single horizontal function ‘beam’ which 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. The lower side of the dashboard is marked by a wide-open storage shell.

The new Avenger's cabin has premium seats with leather inserts which 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 driver and passenger. Designed to ensure the greatest interior storage space possible in a compact body, the new Avenger has the most in its category: 34-litres of front storage, which is an impressive figure considering the 15-liters average in the segment.

High on connectivity
All versions will be equipped with a 10.25-inch radio screen Uconnect Infotainment combined with full digital cluster available in two variants (7 and 10.25 inches).

The smartphone-like graphics is embedded in the Uconnect 10-inch. In addition, the system offers the possibility to physically mirror one’s own device on the radio via wireless Android Auto and CarPlay; mix and match content to build your own interface (up to twelve widgets per page, up to six pages); embedded navigation by TomTom with enhanced natural voice recognition; and over-the-air updates.

The new 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 interact directly with the Avenger through a vocal assistant.

ADAS equipment
The Jeep 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 and Lane Centering.

In this way, support is provided to the driver in order to help the vehicle following 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, the 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.

 

 

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