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New Jeep Avenger 4xe brings a host of off-roading upgrades

New hybrid four-wheel drive system fitted to the Jeep Avenger, along with a rugged exterior package

  • Four-wheel drive hybrid system
  • Increased off-road capabilities
  • Rugged appearance

Many small SUVs may look boxy and tough, but few are designed to actually head off-road – something that the new Jeep Avenger 4xe is here to change. As the latest model to join the Avenger lineup, the 4xe uses a petrol engine and two electric motors to combine for four-wheel drive, expanding upon the small SUV’s already impressive all-terrain talents.

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Along with the new hybrid system, the Avenger 4xe gets its own unique styling package, complete with chunkier bumpers, green accents and new wheels and tyres. Jeep claims the upgrades aren’t just for show either – the 4xe is designed to enhance “off-road fun” and “all-weather drivability", appealing to customers who want something more capable than a typical small SUV. 

What do I need to know about the Jeep Avenger 4xe?

The most important changes the ‘4xe’ badge brings are found under the skin. Beneath the bonnet is the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine shared with the petrol-powered Avenger and the Avenger e-Hybrid, but here it’s paired with two 28bhp electric motors. One assists the front wheels, while the other is fitted to the rear axle providing four-wheel drive. The system puts out a reasonable 134bhp through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with Jeep claiming that 0-62mph can be achieved in 9.5 seconds – around half a second behind the electric Avenger.

The rear motor provides power at low speeds for added traction, but disengages above 56mph to improve fuel efficiency. The driver can select between four different driving modes – Auto, Snow, Sand & Mud, and Sport – each altering when and how the rear e-motor kicks in.

The off-road upgrades don’t stop there. Jeep has jacked up the Avenger 4xe’s ride height by 10mm, allowing it to ford through up to 400mm of water. The added height combined with new front and rear bumpers and a revised rear suspension design has improved the Avenger’s approach and departure angles, too, making it easier to tackle steep slopes. A set of standard-fit ‘mud and snow’ tyres complete the suite of upgrades.

Visually, the Avenger 4xe gets some unique touches, including rugged-looking bumpers, black alloy wheels, black roof rails and an optional bonnet decal. Inside it’s standard Avenger, other than the new waterproof material for the seats that can be easily washed.

How much does the Jeep Avenger 4xe cost and when can I buy one?

UK pricing and specifications have not yet been confirmed, but we expect the Avenger 4xe to fall between the e-Hybrid and fully electric model in the lineup. That would translate to a starting price of around £30,000 when it goes on sale in autumn 2024.

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