Jeep reveals electrified compact 4×4

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed together a compact body shape, a modern and innovative design, real off-road capability and an all-electric motor? Jeep thought the exact same thing and proudly displayed the result of this unlikely concoction – the Jeep Avenger 4×4 Concept – at the Paris Motor Show recently.

“The Avenger was designed as a Jeep vehicle from the outset, and the all-electric 4×2 model already offers some of the best-in-class capabilities that identify the Jeep brand. But we couldn’t help but wonder, what would happen if we injected the Jeep brand’s four-wheel drive electrified capabilities into a compact package, while retaining the brand’s unique design language, capability, and personality?” explained Christian Meunier, Jeep brand CEO.

The 4×4 Concept certainly looks the part of a capable off-road vehicle. It features tow hooks, wider fenders and track, and is equipped with larger, exposed and more aggressive tyres. With ground clearance in excess of 200mm, it has an approach angle of 21 degrees, a departure angle of 34 degrees, and a breakover angle of 20 degrees. The front end has additional protection, with thicker cladding and there are extra built-in flood lights to improve visibility when driving at night.

The Avenger 4×4 Concept boasts a new lightweight roof cargo system concept with special belts that compress the luggage on the roof. It has scratch-proof protection along its entire length, while the whole package is completed by an anti-reflective hood sticker and anti-scratch grille treatment for additional peace of mind when driving off-road.

According to Meunier, the Avenger 4×4 Concept represents the ultimate expression of Jeep’s legendary capability, which has been enhanced by electrification, a combination that means customers can benefit from even more off-road capability, more fun and more freedom while driving in almost total silence. “We have a full portfolio of new all-electric 4×4 capable Jeep models just around the corner, with a clear goal in mind: to become the number one electrified SUV brand in the world.” 

The full-electric Avenger joins a portfolio of Jeep vehicles which are 100 percent electrified in continental Europe. It remains to be seen if electrified off-roading will become a thing. Frankly, we have more questions than answers.

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