Jeep has unveiled its new Patriot off-roader, which will go on sale at the end of this year in the US. Jeep is still deciding whether to bring the Patriot or the Compass, its more on-road oriented model, to the UK.
The Patriot’s somewhat underwhelming claim to fame is combining off-road capability with the handling and fuel economy of a small pickup, though no mpg figures are quoted.
As well as front-wheel and standard four-wheel drive models, there will also be a four-wheel drive with a low range transaxle – complete with an air filtration system. Powering all models will be a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 169bhp and 165lb ft of torque. Transmission options will be either a five-speed manual or a CVT. There will be a 2.0-litre diesel outside the US.
The options list makes pimping this ride distinctly possible: if you go for the high-spec stereo it comes with speakers that swing down when the tailgate is opened.
The Patriot and Compass are part of Jeep's strategy to broaden its appeal away from relying exclusively on heavy, thirst 4x4s and towards appealing to younger buyers and those with families.