Jeep has started selling a subcompact crossover Avenger with a Peugeot engine. The petrol modification unexpectedly appeared on the brand’s Italian and Spanish websites, although last week the Avenger debuted in the form of an electric car.
Unification with stellantis crossovers made it possible to quickly launch the fuel version into the series: Avenger borrowed the PureTech three-cylinder engine and manual transmission from them.
At the front, the petrol Jeep Avenger differs from the electric car of the same name only in the absence of a blue nameplate on the mask between the headlights. A single exhaust pipe is added at the rear, but the bumper changes minimally. In the cabin, the signs of the fuel version are a manual transmission selector and a third pedal.
The technique of the miniature novelty is the same as that of the basic Peugeot 2008, DS 3 or Opel Mokka. The 1.2-liter engine of the French PureTech family produces 100 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque. The Jeep Avenger does not have an automated gearbox yet, because the 8-speed ZF automatic is assigned only to more powerful modifications. Front-wheel drive has no alternative. Jeep has not yet announced acceleration dynamics, but it is known that in a combined cycle, the 4.1-meter crossover consumes 5.6 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.
The debut of the petrol Jeep Avenger becomes clear if you compare prices. In Italy, the basic version of the crossover with “mechanics” costs 26,900 euros, and the “battery” Avenger is almost one and a half times more expensive – from 39,500 euros. Most likely, the novelty is still waiting for the expansion of the range, but the probability of the appearance of an economical diesel subcompact Jeep is minimal.