Jeep Avenger almost on the boat

Riley Riley

Jeep has announced pricing for its funky, new fully-electric Avenger SUV.

There’s three models, Longitude, Limited and Summit — with prices starting from $53,990.

All three of them feature the same powertrain, battery and range.

Limited takes the price to $57,990, while top of the range Summit is $63,990.

On-road costs must be added to these prices.

Avenger is available in a choice of seven colours, with the option of a different coloured for the roof.

Premium paint adds $990; two-tone paint is $495.

Not to be confused with the Dodge Avenger from a few years ago, the little battery-electric SUV is expected to touchdown from October this year.

Built at the Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland, the Avenger has been designed as a Jeep from day one.

It shares a platform with the Fiat 600e, Peugeot e-2008 and soon to be released Alfa Romeo Milano — to name a few.

The platform was developed jointly by the French PSA Group (Peugeot-Citroen) and Chinese car manufacturer Dongfeng.

But it has been highly modified, with some 60 per cent of components unique to Jeep.

In case you missed it, PSA merged with Stellantis (Fiat-Chrysler) in 2021.

The second generation M3 power unit in Avenger delivers 115kW of power and 260Nm of torque and is teamed with a 54 kWh battery.

With energy consumption of 15.6 kWh/100km, this gives Longitude and Limited a range of up to 396km (WLTP).

Summit uses slightly more at 15.8 kWh and travels slightly less at 391km.

But it’s not electric-quick, not with the dash from 0-100km/h taking 9.0 seconds and top speed of 150km/h.

Charging using a regular domestic power point takes 26 hours, a 7kW AC wallbox just under 8 hours, 11kW AC charger 5.5 hours or a 100kW DC faster charge as little as 24 minutes.

It comes with a Mode 3 charging cable, which means you’ll have to go looking for a charge station.

About the same size as a Toyota Yaris Cross, Avenger is the first front-wheel drive vehicle to be offered by Jeep.

It was only a question of time.

But it comes with with Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control, which together with the improved ground clearance and angles, make it a vehicle with unexpected off-road capability, Jeep says.

But ground clearance is just 200mm and you can bet your bottom dollar it’s not trail-rated, and with a tyre repair kit no one in their right mind is going to venture to far off-road.

At just 4.08 metres it is smaller than Renegade and the most compact Jeep, but we’re told it provides a versatile interior and can comfortably fit five people and luggage including 34 litres of interior storage. 

It’s been designed to offer 360-degree protection and full freedom of movement, with 360-degree shock protection encased protected lights and colour-moulded skid plates.

Standard kit includes 17-inch alloy, leather steering wheel, 10.25-inch infotainment screen, 7.0-inch digital instrument panel, keyless start, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, Selec-Terrain drive modes, hill descent control, connected services, auto-dimming mirror.

Avenger has not been crash tested yet, but comes meets with level-2 driving autonomy standards and comes with six airbags and autonomous emergency braking with Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist protection.

Infotainment consists of a 10.25-inch touchscreen, with either a 7.0 or 10.25 inch digital instrument cluster depending on grade.

There’s wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, AM/FM and DAB+ digital radio, six-speaker audio, plus built-in navigation for Limited and Summit.

The fully electric Avenger is warranted for five years/100,000km, with 8 years/160,000km for the EV battery. 


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