Jeep’s first all-electric model, the Avenger, wins European Car of the Year. Although deliveries to customers won’t start until late March, the Avenger has beaten other competitors. With a total of 328 votes, second place went to his VW ID.Buzz (241 votes). Only senior journalists from accredited automotive publications were allowed to vote.
Other contenders for European Car of the Year include the Kia Niro EV, Nissan Ariya and Renault Austral. The jury outlined several reasons for the Avenger’s success, one being its price: Jeep’s EV in its full-featured First Edition guise he starts at €39,500, with more affordable trim It will arrive at a later date. In addition, the Avenger is extremely practical, with ample trunk space for him and his second row of legroom. His WLTP range of 248 miles is also competitive in its price range.
The Avenger has a 54 kWh battery pack and is front-wheel drive. With 152 hp and he has a 0-60 mph time of about 9 seconds, performance is clearly not a priority. Most buyers come from equally slow ICE crossovers and are drawn to the Avenger’s practicality, rugged looks and low running costs.
Meanwhile, in the US, Jeep plans to launch an all-electric version of the Wagoneer in 2024. The full-size SUV, currently codenamed Wagoneer S, will go head-to-head with the Rivian R1S.
Interestingly, Jeep competed for the name of its own electric SUV. As mentioned earlier, Wagoneer S is just a codename and the final production version will have a more unique name. The contest ended in his early December, and the winner’s name remains a secret for now. The winner was awarded a luxury Wyoming ski trip for an incredible value of $40,000.
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