Meet Jeep’s first production electric car, the Avenger small SUV. It’s due on sale in Europe next year – but Australian arrivals are yet to be confirmed.
Jeep has revealed its first production electric vehicle, the 2023 Jeep Avenger, due in European showrooms next year – but plans for an Australian launch are unclear.
Avenger is Jeep’s first mass-production electric vehicle – and a small SUV sized below the Renegade that’s no longer sold in Australia (but remains available in Europe).
Jeep’s Australian division is yet to confirm the model for local showrooms – however with the company’s media materials not referring to it as a global vehicle, and a focus on the European market, an Australian launch is far from a certainty.
“Jeep aims to become the leading zero-emission SUV brand in the world. In due course, we plan to bring electrified vehicles to our markets in the India & Asia-Pacific region at the appropriate timing,” a Jeep Australia spokesperson said in a statement to Drive.
“Specific announcements will be made locally closer to the vehicle introduction in each market.”
Full details will be revealed at the Paris motor show on October 17, however Jeep says the Avenger is targeting 400km of electric driving range – on par with other models in the small electric SUV segment.
The Avenger is expected to share its underpinnings with other vehicles within the Stellantis group (the merger of Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot-Citroen) – either a new STLA Small chassis announced last year, or the CMP platform beneath the Peugeot 2008.
Built in Tychy, Poland, the Avenger is widely expected to spawn a sibling from Alfa Romeo in 2024, below its new Tonale small SUV – as well as a model from Fiat.
Jeep is yet to confirm specifications, however Autocar reports electric Avenger buyers will be able to choose from two- or all-wheel drive, with multiples of 70kW electric motors.
“This new SUV will offer impressive ground clearance, breakover and approach angles for its segment, while delivering a modern and technologically advanced interior, with plenty of space for people and cargo,” Jeep says in a media statement.
The 2023 Jeep Avenger is due to be revealed in full at the Paris motor show on 17 October 2022, ahead of first European deliveries early next year, and launches in Japan, South Korea and “other markets” to follow. An Australian launch is yet to be confirmed.
Jeep has announced plans to launch four electric vehicles in Europe by 2025, ahead of going fully electric on the Continent in 2030.
The Avenger was revealed alongside two new near-production concepts, the Recon and Wagoneer S, which preview two electric production models due in US showrooms in 2024.