Jeep traditionalists weren’t too happy when the current, soft and curvy Cherokee replaced the boxy, much-loved original. They were even more horrified when Jeep announced the grotesque, hatchback-in-drag Compass for the suburbanite set.
Thankfully, the brand new Jeep Patriot – heading to the UK this July with prices expected to kick off at £15,000 – recaptures some of the rugged, go-anywhere looks and character of the ol’ faithful favourite Cherokee.
While it shares the same mechanicals as the Compass, and the front-drive Dodge Caliber too, this square-edged Patriot hides its soft underbelly surprisingly well. Everything's taller and more upright; that seven-slot grille, the windscreen, the side windows, the tailgate. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that its dimensions are near-identical to the old Cherokee’s; this car is essentially targeted at the same customer.
Unlike the Compass, which would get stuck in a pothole on the M25, the Patriot is better-equipped for tackling the mucky stuff. Tick the right options boxes and you’ll get it with full-time four-wheel drive, a low ratio transfer gear, 230mm of ground clearance, skid plates, hill-descent control and beefy tow hooks.