No pricing or market-specific specifications have been announced yet and likely won’t be until well into next year, but the bulk of the tiny electric SUV’s global stats and equipment should transfer to the eventual spec sheet Down Under.
The Avenger is powered by a single electric motor outputting 115kW/260Nm, which in turn is fed by a 54kWh lithium-ion battery pack that yields a WLTP cruising range of up to 400km.
The modest-sized battery can be charged at up to 100kW when using DC power, which Jeep claims will take the battery from 20-80 per cent in 24 minutes.
Headline equipment includes a 10.25-inch Uconnect infotainment interface, a 7.0- or 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster depending on the variant, automatic climate control, full-LED headlights and alloy wheels.
“The Jeep Avenger represents a key milestone for the Jeep brand, our first zero exhaust emission SUV,” Jeep Australia managing director Michael Filazzola said.
“A compact SUV, the Avenger will provide a new entry point to the Jeep range while adding another level of electrification to our offering in Australia and represents a further step in the Jeep brand’s evolution.”
While the battery-electric version has thus far been confirmed for our market, there’s been no mention of an Australian release for combustion-powered versions of the Avenger reserved for European markets lagging behind on electrification uptake – similar to Australia.
The petrol version features a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder outputting 74kW/205Nm and matched to a six-speed manual transmission which, as in the EV, sends all of the drive to the front wheels.
Nevertheless, the electric Avenger will wade into the local market up against other small and light electric SUVs including the upcoming Ford Puma EV and Peugeot e2008, though we suspect the Avenger will be offered in more than one guise and therefore undercut its French rival on price.