Jeep’s first all-electric vehicle, the Avenger, starts at £36,500 ($45,219) in the UK. The European exclusive Avenger is powered by a 54 kWh battery pack and has a WLTP range of 248 miles.
The Avenger won the prestigious European Car of the Year award a few weeks ago and is set to go on sale in March. A small crossover, the Avenger shares a platform with the Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall/Opel Mokka Electric.
With 152 horsepower and a 0-100 mph time of 9 seconds, the Avenger is significantly underpowered compared to its rivals. However, it should do well in Europe, where buyers prioritize style and practicality over performance.
That said, Tesla’s recent price cuts could pose challenges for the Avenger and many other EV crossovers. In the UK, the Model Y is now available for £44,990 ($55,626). The Model Y is much more than the Avenger’s base point, but offers more standard equipment, a larger trunk and better technology. WLTP also has a range of nearly 40 miles.
In the US, Jeep’s first EV is expected to be a full-size luxury SUV to compete with the Rivian R1S. The electric SUV, slated for 2025, is reportedly currently codenamed the Wagoneer S, but the final production variant will be given a more creative name.