Jeep Australia’s first electric model, the Avenger, will land in local showrooms in late 2024, and CarsGuide understands it will be priced competitively against rivals.
Expect a circa-$60,000 on-the-road starting price for the all-electric Avenger compact SUV, which will put it squarely in contention with the Tesla Model Y ($65,400), Kia Niro S Electric ($66,590), Volvo EX30 ($59,990), and the incoming Hyundai Kona EV and the Jeep’s mechanical cousin, the Peugeot e-2008 ($59,990).
As a reminder, the Avenger has a single electric motor driving the front axle that produces 115kW/260Nm.
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It also has a 54kWh battery for a certified WLTP range of 400km – although this range is yet to be confirmed for Australian cars – while it also has 100kW DC charging.
In comparison, the recently launched Peugeot e-2008 shares the same eCMP platform as the Avenger, but only has an output of 100kW/260Nm, while its 50kWh battery supports a driving range of 328km in Australia.
Jeep is targeting couples and younger buyers who want to downsize the Avenger, and it’s expanding the model’s compact interior into a smaller footprint.
The Avenger sits firmly in the sub-SUV class – the first time Jeep has offered a competitor in that market since the discontinuation of the Renegade in early 2020 – and measures 4084mm long, 1776mm wide, 1528mm and a 2560mm wheelbase.
Jeep also wants the Avenger to continue the brand’s ‘go-anywhere’ attitude despite being an EV front-runner, and, to help with rougher terrain, has included six driving modes including Snow, Mud and Sand settings, as well and hill descent control. .
The full equipment list is yet to be locked in but expect to see a 10.25-inch touchscreen (borrowed from its Peugeot cousin), a 10.0-inch digital instrument cluster and a wireless smartphone charger, as well as a full range of supported systems. safety. .
Avenger also continues Jeep an Easter Egg theme throughout the car, including a seven-slot branding grille on the face of each of the four wheels, emphasizing the model’s design journey into the tailgate and featuring a stargazing child on the windshield.
As a curious note, the voice indicator is also a drum in Avenger.