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Jeep enters the EV race with the all-new Avenger

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The Avenger looks more Bumblebee than Iron Man. Just saying. PHOTO FROM JEEP

Don’t look now, but Jeep has just unveiled its first-ever fully electric SUV with the Avenger. First unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the B-segment SUV is powered by a 400V electric motor with 115kW (that’s 154hp) and 260Nm, with juice provided by a 54kWh battery.

As part of Jeep’s coming onslaught of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next few years, the Avenger is claimed to have a range of anywhere from 400km to 550km.

Don't worry, a 4x4 version is in the works. PHOTO FROM JEEP

Being a front-wheel-drive SUV, you’re not going to be crossing any rivers or tackling the Rubicon with the Avenger. However, given that the vast majority of SUV owners will limit their “off-roading” to dirt roads, slush-covered driveways, and gravel tracks, it probably won’t matter.

Even so, the Avenger still has Jeep DNA in its chassis, which has been given impressive approach (20°), break-over (20°), and departure (32°) angles if you ever need to jump over a curb or the center island.

This Jeep still has impressive off-roading figures, but please don't do this at your local skate park. PHOTO FROM JEEP

In addition, it has standard Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control technology. The former has six driving modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow, Mud, and Sand. And since the Avenger is only 4.08m long—16cm shorter than the Renegade—short front and rear overhangs are not only trail-friendly, but also give it a square-shouldered look especially when paired with its 18-inch wheels.

The Selec-Terrain system offers six 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.

This is more of a city and lifestyle vehicle, not a road warrior with impressive range. PHOTO FROM JEEP

The battery pack is made up of 17 modules and 102 cells using NMC 811 lithium-ion chemistry. Tested over 2,000,000km, Jeep is confident the battery will last the lifetime of the vehicle. It is located under the front and rear seats and the central tunnel. And a 200mm ground clearance and underbody skid plates protect it from damage during off-road driving.

The battery is charged using a 100kW Mode 4 cable in direct current. Three minutes of charging time from a fast public charge station will give it enough juice for 30km. Twenty-four minutes of charging will also bring the battery up from 20% to 80%. Given that research shows that most urban commutes take only 30km, Jeep foresees a full charge lasting several days.

You'll sure be able to haul your friends and their cargo around when it's time to go to the beach. PHOTO FROM JEEP

The interior has been designed to be especially practical, including features such as a power liftgate, movable central tunnel dividers to free up space, and a 10.25-inch Uconnect infotainment screen. The total trunk volume is 380L. A host of driving aids such as adaptive cruise control and lane centering are also included.

The Jeep Avenger arrives in showrooms early next year, but customers can already pre-book the exclusive First Editionan eye-catching, fully equipped versionin most of the European markets.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.