Jeep Avenger 4×4 Concept at Paris Motor Show

The Chrysler Corporation has a rich history of recycling names. Remember when Plymouth recycled the Fury name as a replacement for the mid-sized Satellite in 1975 (and the full-size car became the Gran Fury)? And then there was the 1985 Plymouth Turismo Duster for the Horizon-based coupe. And who could forget the 1990 Monaco, a Renault-derived Dodge? I’m sure there’s more (Town & Country? 300? Charger? Aspen? Dart?), as Chrysler certainly loves to dig into its past.

The next victim of this old habit comes from Jeep, as the Avenger will be playing a particular role for the Jeep brand. Though not slated to hit the narrow streets of Europe till 2023, Jeep is showing visitors to the Paris Motor Show the potential of an electrified Jeep in the form of the Jeep Avenger 4×4 Concept.  

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Jeep Avenger 4×4 Concept

If you recall, Journal previewed several Jeep EVs at the Detroit Auto Show, but the Avenger was not included because it’s not destined to appear in the U.S. of A — the Avenger is the first of the brand’s models designed for the needs of Europeans (plus several other markets, like Japan and South Korea) that will mix the brand’s core competencies with zero-emission goals. Interestingly, the Avenger is based on a platform developed by the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroën and Opel/Vauxhall) before it was absorbed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to become Stellantis.

“The Avenger has been 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,” says Jeep CEO Christian Meunier. “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?”

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