Motoring: The Jeep Avenger comes of age with a simple yet effective hybrid option

With the end of a slightly confusing product strategy, the future looks brighter for the marque

The chunky wheel arches, seven-bar radiator grille, short overhangs and X-shaped rear-light signatures are all modern Jeep hallmarks

Jeep has, for a few years now, been in something of a sales wilderness – an unfortunate descriptor, given the company’s adventurous identity. An off-road specialist for many decades, it has felt as if this company had one of the best shots at capitalising on the crossover-SUV boom in recent times, yet a slightly confusing product strategy under Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) ownership saw it languishing on the sidelines.

FCA has now been brought under ...