All of us were intently watching here at Landmark Dodge of Atlanta when one of the most cosmopolitan and beautiful cities in the world was the site of a reveal for Jeep’s first-ever battery-electric vehicle. There is very obviously enough competitive spirit out in the world today to make becoming the world leader in clean-sourced SUVs a challenge, and Jeep is poised and ready to go the distance. Designed and implemented with the original go-anywhere spirit the brand is known for, The Avenger was shown to the public for the first time on October 17.
The staff on duty at Automotiveworld.com thought that the Jeep’s combination of cutting-edge style and everyday functionality was a great way to pack original Jeep DNA into a compact SUV. The new Avenger is ready to explore the far reaches of the most demanding trails as it is equipped with standard Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control, which both bring their own brand of capability into the outdoor enthusiast’s genre.
The Avenger derives its power from a new 400-volt electric propulsion system which uses a brand-new streamlined electric motor and brand-new battery. When it was obvious that electrification was going to be the goal of every major auto manufacturer, consumers were wondering just how long the charge would take: Jeep is proud to announce that just 24 minutes is enough to charge the batteries from a lingering 20% to ready-for-action 80%. The second-generation 400-volt electric powertrain is Emotors’ first completed product, solidifying a viable partnership between Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding and Stellantis.
The battery pack is made up of 17 modules and 102 cells, with assistance from NMC 811 Lithium-Ion chemistry. It is incredibly compact, and fits snugly under the front and rear seats, with masterful protective underbody skid plates that keep things safe when you venture further off the asphalt into the wild. There are six modes to handle different types of driving with ease: Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow, Mud, and Sand are all on deck to provide top-notch means of navigation through the elements.
We love that you’ll still see the characteristic 7-slot grille comin’ at you when the Avenger embarks on its journey, and the bent-over grille is directly in front of the headlamps to protect them if you suffer a sudden impact. The typically bulging fenders have also shown up for duty on the Avenger, and the side view has been given the familiar mark of the wheel arches on point to master the boulders, rocks, and streams the trail map will guide you through.
You’ll also be equipped with the modern convenience of Level 2 Autonomous Driving, which adjusts your speed and trajectory, along with the high-tech assistance of Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering. Traffic Jam Assist is another excellent way of assuring you reach your destination in the best of shape: an onboard camera identifies lane markings, and then provides subtle corrections to assure that the middle of the lane is where you stay if distracted or becoming sleepy.