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Jeep Avenger 4xe launched: Little Avenger takes on off-roading!

Jeep has launched the Jeep Avenger 4xe, an off-road-focused variant of its Avenger SUV, which is the smallest in its catalogue. The 4xe will be priced above the top model of the standard variant and will get an all-wheel drive drivetrain. One exciting addition is a hybrid powertrain that supports the petrol engine. It will also be available as an EV. 

How does the Avenger 4xe Look?

Jeep has given the 4xe many unique bits to differentiate it from the standard model. It starts with the fog lamps now placed higher so the road can be seen better. It also gets roof rails for your luggage and a rear tow hook. The look of the front wheels is better through the bumper, which also gets more cladding. Both the front and rear bumpers get a mould-in-color material with an anti-scratch finish. If you drive in the sun too often, then you can opt for a bonnet sticker that reduces reflections. The SUV rides on blackened alloys. The tyre options include mud and snow as standard and additional All Terrain 3PMSF ones. In the cabin, the passengers sit on seats made of completely washable material. This is in keeping with the cabin's use of more durable materials.

What Powers the Avenger 4xe?

At the core of the Avenger 4xe is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 136hp. Assisting it are a couple of electric motors, one in the front and one in the rear axle. These motors produce 29 hp. This setup is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The biggest advantage of the 48V Hybrid setup is the increased traction and torque of the Avenger 4xe for better off-roading. The SUV can zoom from 0-100 km/h in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of up to 194 km/h. The power is delivered to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive drivetrain under 30 km/h. The all-wheel-drive system sends power to the rear wheels when needed at 30 km/h to 90 km/h and then switches to a two-wheel drive system at higher speeds for better fuel economy. 

The all-wheel drive model offers on-demand torque distribution, leading to a 50:50 front-to-rear power split. You can switch between auto, snow, mud and sport modes according to the terrain and power required. The powertrain gets a 22.7:1 reducer on the rear axle, which helps deliver up to 1,900Nm wheel torque. 

According to Jeep’s claims, the Avenger 4xe can traverse gravel slopes with a 40 percent gradient, and also go up a 20 percent gradient slope when no grip is available at the front. The 4xe’s ground clearance is 210 mm, 10 mm more than the standard Avenger. This allows it to wade into water up to a depth of 400 mm. In true SUV fashion, the Avenger 4xe has a 2-degree approach, 21-degree breakover and 35-degree departure angle. The rear also gets a multi-link rear suspension. We don't expect it to come to India anytime soon.

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TopGear Magazine June 2024