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All-new Jeep Patriot
The Compass... tougher brother

Patriot: traditional Jeep face with tougher compact SUV capabilities.

11th April 2006.

Two days after it announced the prices of its all-new Jeep Compass SUV, the Chrysler Group released new details about the Compass brother, the 2007 Jeep Patriot which will reach U.S. and Canadian dealerships from the 4th quarter of this year, followed by the global volume markets in both left- and right-hand drive starting in the first half of 2007.

Introduced first as a concept at the 2005 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the new Jeep will be available in Patriot and Patriot Limited versions with front-wheel drive or two optional AWD systems.

Patriot: front-wheel drive or one of two available AWD systems.

Based on a common platform with the Compass and the all-new Dodge Caliber, the Patriot will come with very similar dimensions to the Compass (to be launched in Q3).

Within the trio, the Patriot will represent the most traditional Jeep faced choice for those who are looking for a tougher oriented compact SUV model, with more angular design and two 4WD options.

The move represents a clever exploitation of the platform since it addresses other tastes with the Compass offering, still a compact SUV, but in a more crossover-like, trendy-oriented high estate model (with front-wheel drive or one AWD option), fitting right between the tougher Patriot and, at the other end, the Dodge Caliber hatchback.

Optional CVT2 or CVT2L (L for Low range) transmission.

The Patriot will be available in three drive configurations: front-wheel drive, Freedom Drive I™ (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode, available in the Jeep Compass too) and the tougher Freedom Drive II™ Off-Road Package (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with low range that provides true Jeep 4x4 Trail Rated capability).

“The Trail Rated Jeep Patriot will be the most capable 4x4 in the compact SUV segment,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President — Global Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Jeep Patriot’s capability, combined with its classic Jeep design, interior flexibility and terrific fuel efficiency, will attract new buyers to the Jeep brand.”

9 inches of ground clearance with a 29-degree approach angle.

Freedom Drive I is an optional full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode able to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use, including driving in snow and rain. Freedom Drive I features a lockable centre coupling, enabling drivers to put the Patriot in four-wheel-drive Lock mode to handle deeper snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.

Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is another optional four-wheel-drive system that makes the Jeep Patriot a Trail Rated 4x4. It includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with a low range (CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminium wheels, a full-size spare tire, air-filtration system, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and seat height adjuster. It is more targeted to off-road situations that include steep grades, wheel lift and rock or log climbing.

Jeep Patriot with a 33-degree departure angle.

“Developed by Jeep engineers, this four-wheel-drive technology provides... benefits of a traditional transfer case without the additional weight”, said Larry Lyons, Vice President — Front-Wheel-Drive Product Team.

This all-new Jeep technology includes the CVT2L’s 19:1 low ratio for crawling over obstacles. Off-road Brake Traction Control maintains forward mobility during heavy articulation or on split-friction surfaces where one wheel loses traction. Hill-Descent Control modulates brake hydraulic pressure without driver intervention for downhill assistance at a safe and controlled rate of speed. Three-mode ESP and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS) also add to the Patriot’s off-road capability.

The Trail Rated Jeep Patriot sits 1 inch higher than non-Trail Rated versions and meets Jeep off-road capability requirements for traction, water fording, articulation, manoeuvrability and ground clearance, including:

1- 9 inches of ground clearance,
2- a 29-degree approach angle,
3- a 33-degree departure angle, and
4- a 23-degree breakover angle.

Leather Group includes  bucket seats, carpeted floor mats, heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

This version of the Patriot also has additional body sealing and high-mounted drivetrain vents to support 19-inch water fording capability. The Jeep Patriot’s body and chassis were developed and tested over numerous rugged off-road terrains to meet the requirements of the enthusiast Jeep customer.

“From its approach and departure angles to every sealant and chassis component in between, Jeep Patriot is engineered to be the most capable vehicle in its class,” added Matt Liddane, Chief Engineer — Jeep Patriot. “Whether climbing rocks, stair steps, logs or steep grades, Jeep Patriot drivers will have the confidence of knowing they’re in a Jeep 4x4.”

All Jeep Patriot models available in the United States and Canada include standard Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode ESP, Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation and anti-lock brakes with rough-road detection. Patriot’s standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide a 60–0 mph stopping distance of 134 feet on dry pavement.

Patriot is designed to appeal to compact SUV buyers who want traditional Jeep styling with more than simple off-road looks. It is rugged, reflecting the brand’s key attributes of mastery, authenticity, freedom and adventure, while also offering the fuel economy, interior flexibility and price of a compact fun vehicle.

Centre armrest moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers.

Compared to its more crossover-styled Compass brother, the Patriot is built to tackle more rugged driving conditions. A stiffer windshield and upright backlight combine to create Patriot’s easily identifiable side view. Classic Jeep design cues include available 17-inch aluminium wheels and all-terrain tires housed inside signature Jeep trapezoidal wheel openings. Jeep Patriot’s high beltline completes the vehicle’s protective side profile.

The rear of the vehicle features an upright backlight and a bold bumper that further illustrate the Jeep Patriot’s interior spaciousness and add to its rugged appearance and capability. Four doors and a rear liftgate provide easy access to Jeep Patriot’s interior.

Jeep Patriot’s flexible interior gives the capability to do more in terms of seating and storing, with the command-of-the-road seating position. Patriot has 39.6 inches of rear seat leg room, 54.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the front passenger seat back and rear seats folded flat, giving plenty of room for an 8-foot ladder, skis or two-by-fours from the lumber yard.

In addition to interior spaciousness and flexibility, Jeep Patriot has many interior features, including:

- Standard side-curtain air bags,
- Standard 60/40 rear seats that fold flat and have an available recline feature,
- Optional nine-speaker Boston Acoustics Premium Sound Group that includes two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate; when the liftgate is open, the speakers swing down to face rearward for tailgating and other activities,
- Auxiliary audio input jack for MP3 connectivity on standard radio,
- Optional dual purpose, self-recharging removable cargo lamp, which is mounted in the headliner above the cargo area and can snap out of the bezel to serve as a flashlight,
- A sliding centre armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid includes a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player,
- Optional 115-volt outlet in the centre console that powers small electronics,
- Optional fold-flat front passenger seat that creates a table-like surface for versatility,
- Ultra Floor, a washable and removable vinyl load floor in the rear cargo area with a 250-lb. load capacity,
- YES Essentials Fabric, an easy-care, soil-repellent and anti-microbial textile that protects seats from stains, odours and discoloration,
- Optional navigation system.

Powertrain - Patriot gets a standard 4-cylinder 2.4-liter petrol engine that produces 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. This 2.4-liter World Engine has dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimize the torque curve at different speeds and produces more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation.

Auxiliary audio input jack for MP3 connectivity on standard radio.

Like the Compass, Jeep Patriot gets a standard five-speed manual transaxle or an optional CVT. The Patriot’s CVT2 is a second-generation CVT which contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6–8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic. It also improves vehicle performance compared with a traditional automatic transaxle because of optimized gear ratios, especially in the 30–60 mph range during passing manoeuvres.

A 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, paired with a six-speed manual transaxle, will be available for Jeep Patriot in key diesel markets outside North America.

With the Compass, Jeep Patriot will compete in the compact SUV segment, which is expected to almost triple in the next 10 years, giving the Jeep brand the opportunity to grow with it. Annual compact SUV volume in the United States for the 2004 calendar year was 297,000 units or 1.7 percent of the market. The compact SUV segment is expected to nearly double to 568,000 units by 2010, and triple to 814,000 units by 2016.

The newest Jeep will be available in both Patriot and Patriot Limited models. Both are available in the United States and Canada with front-wheel drive, the Freedom Drive I full-time, active 4x4 system and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package full-time, active 4x4 system with low-range capability.

The Patriot (base version) includes standard side-curtain air bags, ESP, Brake Traction Control, electronic roll mitigation, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, Vinyl Tech seats, rear 60/40 fold-flat seats, an Ultra Floor vinyl load floor, AM/FM single-disc CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack, outdoor temperature display, 12-volt power outlet, manual windows, locks and foldaway mirrors, tilt steering wheel, dome and cargo lights, rear window defroster and a centre console sliding armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid features a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player.

On the exterior, the base Jeep Patriot features a standard body-colour grille and fascias, accent-colour bodyside moulding, black door handles, accent-colour liftgate appliqué, black side roof rails, 16-inch styled steel wheels and all-season tires.

60/40 rear seats that both fold flat and recline, fold-flat passenger seat...

Optional features on the base Patriot include four-wheel-drive through either the Freedom Drive I or the Freedom Drive II 4x4 system, the CVT2 transmission, seat-mounted side air bags, flexible 60/40 rear seats that both fold flat and recline (see opposite photo), fold-flat passenger seat, premium cloth low-back bucket seats with YES Essentials Fabric, air conditioning, power windows, including driver one-touch down feature, speed-sensitive power locks, power foldaway mirrors, Remote Keyless Entry, engine block heater, 115-volt outlet in the centre console, a removable/rechargeable interior cargo lamp, map lights, passenger assist handles and illuminated entry, speed control, AM/FM radio with six-disc CD player and MP3 CD play capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, UConnect™ hands-free communication system, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, trailer tow prep package, Off-Road Group (which includes CVT2 with low range, 17-inch all-terrain OWL tires and aluminium wheels, a full-size spare tire, air-filtration system, skid plates with tow hooks, fog lamps and seat height adjuster), a Security Group (which includes a soft tonneau cover, security alarm and daytime running lamps) and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics Premium Sound Group (which features two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate; when the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities. See lowest photo).

The speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward.

The Jeep Patriot Limited features a standard five-speed manual transaxle, or an optional CVT2 or CVT2L (L for Low range with the Freedom Drive II™ Off-Road Package).

In addition to the standard equipment on the Jeep Patriot model, the Limited model features standard air conditioning, power windows with driver one-touch down feature, speed-sensitive power locks, Remote Keyless Entry, power fold-away mirrors, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, all-season floor mats, a standard fold-flat, reclining rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, driver height adjuster, passenger assist handles, 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, removable/rechargeable cargo lamp, speed control, premium cloth low-back bucket seats with YES Essentials fabric, fog lamps, rear-view automatic dimming mirrors, temperature and compass gauge, universal garage door opener and tire pressure monitoring system.

On the exterior, the Jeep Patriot Limited model has body-colour fascias with bright silver appliqués, body-colour bodyside mouldings, 17-inch aluminium wheels and all-season touring tires.

Beyond the options offered on the Jeep Patriot, additional options on the Limited model include 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, a power express open/close sunroof, heated cloth seats and a Leather Interior Group (which includes leather-trimmed bucket seats, manual lumbar adjuster, carpeted front and rear floor mats, heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls).

Full model details and specifications for markets outside the United States will be confirmed ahead of the vehicle’s introduction in each respective market.

Production of the 2007 Jeep Patriot begins in the third quarter of 2006 at the newly refurbished Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant.

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