At the 2022 Paris Motor Show in mid-October, the Jeep Avenger will take its first walkabout. If he will not have the opportunity to battle, by stand, with his technical cousin the Peugeot e-2008 (4.30 m), and for good reason, the lion brand will not make the trip, the rivalry will be very real for the two urban SUVs of the Stellantis group. By extension, the Opel Mokka-e certainly a little smaller (4.15 m), but nevertheless sharing the e-CMP technical platform will also be concerned. Like the DS3 Crossback E-Tense, which will soon go through the restyling box, the same size as the German but with a more upscale positioning.
Jeep Avenger: a real 100% watted adventurer!
The Jeep Avenger, which will only be offered in an electric version, with no heat engine on the program, will nevertheless differ from its cousins mentioned above by its all-wheel drive.. A most legitimate asset for the American brand whose notoriety in terms of crossing capacities is well established. Jeep has not yet specified how it intends to animate the rear axle of the Avenger. However, the most probable hypothesis would be that of the addition of a second electric motor located on the rear axle. It is hard to imagine an in-depth transformation of the technical platform with the passage in the center of the floor of a mechanical transmission shaft. It would be too expensive and would not please the savvy “cost-breaker” that is Carlos Tavares, the big boss of Stellantis.
Moreover, for the moment, the technical sheet of the Jeep Avenger has not been communicated. But, again, in all likelihood, the 136 hp engine and the 50 kWh battery of the Peugeot e-2008 reach out to him. However, a variant delivering around 160 hp, which will be released by the Peugeot e-308, e-408 and Opel Astra-e is also possible. If only to compensate for the overweight associated with four-wheel drive.
Hyundai Kona, the ideal challenger
For the Jeep Avenger, the most serious challenger will undoubtedly be the Hyundai Kona, the second version of which is approaching.. The current one launched in the summer of 2018 then restyled in early 2021 offers a 100% electric variant available in two versions. The entry-level offers 135 hp and a 39.2 kWh battery for 305 km of autonomy, while the most efficient version has 204 hp and a 64 kWh accumulator allowing it to travel up to 484 km. In either case, the torque value is 395 Nm and the top speed is limited to 167 km/h. But the Kona Electric, which is confined to a pure traction architecture, shares its technical base with the Kia Soul EV whose range values are between 277 and 452 km. And for its part, the Chinese brand MG offers the ZS in a 100% electric version. Its range leaves the choice between two engine powers: 156 and 177 hp and two battery capacities, 51 or 70 kWh which respectively allow 320 or 440 km of autonomy.
Presented last April, the Smart #1 will arrive on the French market in January 2023. It is significantly more powerful than its rivals with 272 hp distilled to the rear wheels. Its battery with a capacity of 66 kWh allows between 420 and 440 km of autonomy. As standard, it has an on-board charger capable of receiving up to 22 kW in alternating current and up to 150 kW in direct current!
And as if that weren’t enough, a 428 hp strong Brabus version comes as reinforcement. Finally, Smart now half-owned by the Chinese manufacturer Geely, owner of Volvo, the latter will duplicate the #1 under its label in 2023. This model will become its entry level under the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
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