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Jeep’s cutesy Avenger toughens up with new 4xe version

Published: 22 May 2024

► Jeep’s four-wheel drive Avenger 4xe revealed
► Tougher bodywork, petrol auto-only
► Coming to the UK towards the end of 2024

Could this be a Panda 4×4 for the 2020s? Jeep has unveiled its tougher and more capable Avenger 4xe model, after managing to squeeze in the brand’s four-wheel drive system into the baby SUV’s architecture.

Naturally, right at the heart of this new 4×4 is its new drivetrain. The Avenger 4xe uses a 1.2-litre petrol engine developing 134bhp, with the combustion engine mated to two 21kW (28bhp) e-motors – one for each axle – technically meaning the 4xe’s system is an electric all-wheel drive configuration, as only the rear e-motor drives the rear wheels. Performance-wise, the Avenger 4xe is capable of a 9.6sec 0-62mph sprint and a top speed of 120mph.

The baby 4×4 uses a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and also features an e-boost function for a temporary kick of extra power. The four-wheel drive system splits power 50:50 under 19mph, with the rear axle only activating on demand with speeds between 19 and 56mph. Anything higher than that and the 4xe remains front-wheel drive.

Jeep says the standard Avenger was crafted from the start to be the toughest model using the Stellantis CMP platform, but this new 4xe model is 10mm higher off the ground and can wade in up to 400mm of water – reasonable for a baby 4×4. For reference, a Range Rover Evoque can wade in 530mm, while the mammoth Defender can tackle 900mm.

New multi-link rear suspension features, replacing the torsion beam at the rear for so many other cars that run on the CMP architecture. And that raised ride height means improved approach, breakover and departure angles.

The new Avenger 4xe arrives with some bonus exterior and interior design details to set it apart. Flecks of green feature on the exterior – a departure from the usual blue seen on other 4xe models – and roof racks are standard. Avenger 4xe models are fitted with mud and snow-ready tyres as standard, with all-terrain rubber an option. Optional decals can be specced. Little has changed inside, but 4xe models feature seats upholstered with a waterproof material.

Jeep has confirmed that the Avenger 4xe will join the UK line-up, with orders starting towards the end of 2024.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches