New Jeep Patriot given revised styling, equipment levels and handling

Jeep has unveiled details and pictures of the new 2011 Jeep Patriot, which has seen changes to its styling and equipment levels.

Jeep says that the model’s ride and handling has also been refined by retuning the steering and suspension.

Exterior styling changes include a body colour grille, a revised front fascia with the fog lights positioned inside the headlamps, a new rear fascia that extends lower than on previous models and 17in wheels that are now available as an option.

The interior now boasts soft-touch front-door trim panels, a new centre armrest and a new cloth interior with premium cloth bucket seats in the front.

Other changes include the introduction of steering wheel-mounted controls for the radio, cruise control and hands-free phone, and new backlighting for the door switches, locks, windows and power mirror controls.

There are three trim levels – Sport, Latitude and Latitude X – and all are offered with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive. Speed control is standard on all models and automatic temperature control is standard on the Latitude X.

Accessibility equipment includes a low-range mode, 19in water fording capability, Hill Descent Control and brake traction control.

The new Jeep Patriot will come to the UK early next year.

Andrew Papworth

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16 September 2010

Mostly irrelevant. While the interior may be improved (could it have got any worse) and the suspension has been retuned (same as interior) the engines are still pitiful and the refinement woeful. Until a properly new generation of dodge/chrysler cars arrive they're just polishing turds.

16 September 2010

Why bother? It just looks like a cartoon charicature of the Jeeps people used to be fond of. I would genuinely rather have a Kia Sportage, & thats sad because I used to like the original Cherokee, with its honest, purposeful styling, its "proper" American looks but European dimensions. But Jeep have really lost their way these days- I cant see this selling in any volume at all over here. Jeep needs a new vehicle with a forward-looking, fresh design, & fast.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

16 September 2010

To Be honest, I've always quite liked the patriot, and I think this model addresses all of the old ones problems. The interior now looks pretty nice. Plus, the report neglects to mention it but the car will be getting a new 2.2L Mercedes Benz Diesel engine which apparently will get over 55mpg on the motorway. The new Mercedes Diesel will apparently be more efficient, lower c02 and more refined than the old volkswagen diesel.

And plus it only starts at 14995. I think thats pretty good. I'm not in the market for a compact 4x4 really as it wouldnt be big enough for me, but if I was, I would really consider it.

Also, I remember reading that it won the best small 4x4 in the what 4x4 magazine so it must be pretty decent. I'd rather have one of these than say the Fugly IX35 which even though the Hyundai is more expensive, I guess this competes against on price.

16 September 2010

55mpg in this ? I dont think that is possible . I wonder how many they actually sell in the uk. I would have thought it would do much better in Arabia/China with a meaty petrol engine .

I woud not want to be a Jeep salesman in the uk cant imagine them being very busy . In fact the whole Chrysler Jeep line up is pretty grim at the moment .

16 September 2010

I have to agree with a former statement regarding the Kia Sportage! its a sad state of affairs when the koreans are building more attractive better quality 4x4s than one of the biggest names in the 4x4 heritage i.e Jeep! my money would also rather go into a sportage

16 September 2010

[quote Old Toad]In fact the whole Chrysler Jeep line up is pretty grim at the moment [/quote]

has it ever been good? (Chrysler & Dodge)

16 September 2010

I used a jeep Wrangler, 2.5 engine, for a long trip across the States. Without doubt, the worst vehicle I have ever driven, but it gave me street cred. And the company's reliability record is not even worth discussing.

16 September 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]

[quote Old Toad]In fact the whole Chrysler Jeep line up is pretty grim at the moment [/quote]

has it ever been good? (Chrysler & Dodge)

[/quote]
The current Grand Cherokee is supposedly quite decent, and the forthcoming replacement model even better. Shares a platform with the current Mercedes ML.

16 September 2010

£15,000? Blimey, that's bl00dy good value.

You'd rather have a Kia?

Wow.

16 September 2010

Yes its cheap but I dont think it is good value . The panel gaps on the front end are bigger than the grand Canyon .

Come on Jeep you ought to be doing better than this .

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