Chrysler Group gave us the first glance at the Jeep Patriot at the
Patriot will do to Jeep’s bottom what the Commander did to its top — extend the
model range for the hallowed brand. A compact SUV with a traditional Jeep
exterior design, the Patriot is based on the underpinnings of the Dodge Caliber
that is on sale now in the
The new Jeep is sized similarly to the Caliber. It has a wheelbase of 103.7 inches, an overall length of 173.6 inches, and it’s 69.1 inches wide and 64.4 inches high.
Patriot will be available with three drivetrain configurations: the basic
front-wheel-drive version, as a
The Drive I seems designed to bring in shoppers of other SUVs and those who want more all-weather safety than in a normal front-drive car. It has an available full-time 4WD system with Lock mode and is meant for daily use including driving in rain and snow. The system features a lockable center differential for deeper snow and other low-traction surfaces.
The Freedom Drive II Off-Road version is charged with keeping Jeep’s dirt cred intact. It gives the Patriot a Trail Rated 4x4 label and includes a continuously variable transaxle (CVT) with a low range that engages when the off-road mode is activated. It also includes 17-inch aluminum wheels and all-terrain 215/60 tires, a full-size spare, skid plates, an air-filtration system, fog lamps, and tow hooks. The package is meant for serious off-road situations, including steep grades and rock climbing.
The Trail Rated Patriot sits one inch higher than the normal versions and has nine inches of ground clearance, a 29-degree approach angle, a 33-degree departure angle, and a 23-degree breakover angle. This version also has additional body sealing and high-mounted drivetrain vents to support 19-inch water fording capability.
Patriot will be available in the
Patriots have standard traction control, stability control, Brake Assist,
Electronic Roll Mitigation, and off-road anti-lock brakes with rough road
Jeep engineers coupled the off-road goods with a flexible interior with rear seats that can be folded flat and a front passenger seat that can also be folded down to increase cargo space. Skis or an 8-foot ladder can be transported in that configuration.
Patriot’s Ultra Floor, a washable and removable vinyl load floor in the cargo
area, has a load capacity of 250 lb. The seats are covered with “YES Essentials”
fabric, a soil-repellent and anti-microbial textile that protects seats from
stains, odors, and discoloration.
other features, the Patriot includes standard side-curtain airbags, a
theft-deterrent system, an AM/FM/CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack, an
outdoor temperature display, a 12-volt power outlet, and foldaway mirrors.
The Jeep Patriot will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced.