Jeep upgrades Avenger with 4×4 driveline

Jeep expands the Avenger range with the 4xe, an all-wheel-drive version that benefits from hybrid propulsion. The brand aims to enlarge the success story of its smallest model by offering a version that sits closer to its heritage.

Initially, the Jeep Avenger debuted as an electric vehicle (EV) in mid-2023 and was crowned Car of the Year in Europe. Later that year, it was followed by a more affordable petrol version, which slashed its retail price and introduced the plagued 1.2-petrol engine from the Stellantis group with mild-hybrid technology.

But while the automaker previewed an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version at the 2022 Paris Motor Show, both these models featured front-wheel drive, while Jeep as a brand is unmistakenly heralded for its rugged offroad DNA.

The new Avenger 4xe compensates for that. It combines a 134 bhp 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with two 28 bhp electric motors, one on each axle, creating a hybrid system designed for enhanced off-road traction and torque. Like the mild hybrid, this is a 48V setup, generating up to 1900 Nm at the rear wheels.

Consumption under homologation

Thanks to the hybrid assistance, the Avenger 4xe can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 9.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 kph. Despite its performance enhancements, Jeep claims only a minimal increase in CO2 emissions compared to the existing hybrid models, though exact figures are yet under homologation.

The 4xe boasts a smart AWD system, offering permanent 4×4 traction at low speeds, selective rear axle drive at medium speeds, and front-wheel drive at high speeds for fuel efficiency. Torque distribution adjusts as needed, ensuring optimal performance and readiness for off-road challenges.

The driver can address these by selecting one of the appropriate driving modes or choosing ‘Auto,’ where the driveline and the assistance aids step into adaptive reactions. So, this is not an AWD designed to enhance on-road safety.

Up to the task

Despite its compact dimensions, Head of Jeep Brand in Enlarged Europe Eric Laforge said that the 4xe ” represents the full expression of Jeep legacy on all-wheel drive”. It remains to be seen whether the brand will put its smallest member up to the challenge of crossing the famed Rubicon Trail, a medal true Jeeps are worthy of.

On the outside, the Jeep Avenger 4xe features roof bars, a rear tow hook, waterproof seats, and anti-scratch bumpers. Enhanced fog lights and a functional hood sticker improve visibility and durability.

Further ensuring the Avenger 4xe also possesses the practicality for off-road adventures, the inside has washable seats. The new version is standard fitted with M+S tires for all-weather traction, with optional All Terrain 3PMSF tires for tough terrains. The off-road angles have been improved, and water fording increased. Jeep has gone the extra mile instead of just adding a second driven axle.

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