Stellantis‘ plant in Tychy, Poland has begun production of the Jeep Avenger EV.
“The Avenger is the first Jeep SUV to be produced in Poland and a great reason for our entire team to be proud,” said plant manager Tomasz Gebka.
The automaker said the compact Avenger was the first introduction in a range of “capable, fully electric vehicles right sized for Europe” and also “a key component in a global electrification strategy as the brand moves towards becoming the world leader in zero-emission SUVs”.
European Avenger specification includes standard Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control which, with claimed “outstanding approach and departure angles and the vehicle’s ground clearance, bring impressive levels of capability into the segment”.
The SUV has a new 400 volt electric propulsion system which combines a new 156hp electric motor with 260 Nm of torque and a new 54 kWh battery pack.
Around 10,000 units have been pre-sold since orders opened last 1 December.
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First deliveries are expected in the second quarter of 2023.
Built between 1972 and 1975 by Fabryka Samochodow Malolitrażowych (FSM), the factory was the result of an agreement between FSO and Fiat to build the Polski Fiat 126p, a variant of Fiat’s 126. The last Polski Fiat 126p was made in 2000. FSO models were also made there and, more recently, the Fiat 500 (and a now defunct Ford variant) has been made there alongside other models from brands all now under the vast Stellantis brand umbrella.
Tychy plant operates two shifts and employs 2,000 people.
The stamping plant is managed by an external supplier, the welding shop is 99.5% automated with 930 robots, the paint shop is 90% automated and assembly has two lines plus a battery assembly line.
Since 1975, the plant has built 10.8m cars.