The European Car of the Year 2023 winner Jeep Avenger has entered production in Poland, making it the first EV produced in the Tychy plant and the first Jeep. Other EV models from Alfa Romeo and Fiat are likely to follow.
Stellantis’ Polish factories in Tychy and Bielsko-Biala have been in the hands of the manufacturer since the ’90s. Still, they’ve been producing Fiat-based products since 1971 under the FSO/FSM umbrella, including the Polish domestic market Fiat 126P.
More recently, the Tychy plant has been responsible for the Fiat 500, which has been in production since 2007, and its platform mates like the Ford Ka II, Lancia Ypsilon, and the previous-gen Fiat Panda.
However, at the end of 2020, Stellantis (or Fiat Chrysler) announced the arrival of the first electric vehicles at the Tychy plant thanks to an investment of €166 million. Different models from Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Jeep were foreseen, with “some of them completely electric”.
Now, the first Tychy-built EV and Jeep has arrived in the form of the Jeep Avenger, which won the European Car of the Year 2023 award in January at the Brussels Motor Show. It’s based on the eCMP platform, which it shares with the DS 3, Opel Mokka, and Peugeot 2008, with a 156 hp electric motor and a 54 kWh battery promising a WLTP range of 400 km.
The Avenger has a Belgian starting price of €36 000. It remains to be seen which Alfa Romeo and Fiat models will be built in Tychy as the combustion-powered Fiat 500 phases out of production.
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