Jeep Patriot for 2011
Chrysler Group >
2nd January, 2011
The Jeep Patriot, the affordable compact sport-utility
vehicle (SUV), offers capability along with updated exterior styling, new interior features and
improved ride-and-handling characteristics.
Jeep Patriot’s classic exterior styling and capability are enhanced for 2011 with new front and
rear fascias, a body-colour grille and an increased 4x4 ride height. Ride-and-handling is refined
courtesy of upgraded steering and suspension systems. Interior enhancements round out the new-for-2011
features, and include significantly refined touch points.
“Patriot boasts class-leading 4x4 capability and unsurpassed fuel economy, and a host of safety
features in a fun and affordable package – a combination that only Jeep can offer,” said Mike
Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “For 2011, Jeep Patriot is even more
appealing to consumers, thanks to rugged new exterior styling, interior enhancements and refinements
to the suspension and steering systems.”
Jeep Patriot combines the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance,
handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car. Many standard safety features, such as side-curtain
air bags and electronic stability programme (ESC), add to Jeep Patriot’s tremendous value.
The Jeep Patriot is unmistakably a Jeep, designed to appeal to compact-SUV buyers who want
traditional Jeep styling with off-road capability at an affordable price.
“Simple yet distinctive geometric forms, timeless proportions and exterior design enhancements
for 2011 complement Jeep Patriot’s rugged off-road capabilities,” said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep
Jeep Patriot is built for maximum cargo volume, rugged driving conditions and excellent utility.
Patriot’s 'face' is classic Jeep, featuring an updated, modern version of brand’s signature
seven-slot grille with a new rugged mesh texture, a robust bumper and round headlamps. New front and
rear fascia designs enhance the classic Jeep trapezoidal wheel arches. The new front fascia features
a body-colour grille as well as a skid plate that surrounds the new, inboard-mounted fog lamps. The
new rear fascia extends lower than on previous models and features a chrome-tipped exhaust on the
Latitude X model.
Classic Jeep design cues include new available 17-inch aluminium wheels and all-terrain tyres
housed inside signature Jeep trapezoidal wheel openings. Jeep Patriot’s high beltline completes the
vehicle’s protective side profile.
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The rear of the vehicle, with an upright backlight and a bold bumper, further illustrate Jeep
Patriot’s interior spaciousness and adds to its rugged appearance and capability. Four doors and a
rear liftgate provide easy access to Jeep Patriot’s spacious and functional interior.
Interior upgrades for the 2011 Jeep Patriot include new soft touch front-door trim panels with a
padded upper surface; new centre armrest; a new Jeep steering wheel with integrated controls that
allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other vehicle functions
while keeping their hands on the wheel; new cloth interior with premium cloth bucket seats in the
front; standard speed control on all models; new backlighting of door switches, door locks, windows
and power mirror controls and standard automatic temperature control on the Latitude X model.
Interior colour options for the 2011 Jeep Patriot are Dark Slate Grey or Dark Slate Grey with Light
New for 2011 the Jeep Patriot offers an All-weather Capability Group option which includes
17-inch aluminium wheels with Goodyear all-terrain tyres, all-season floor mats, daytime running
headlamps, engine block heater and tow hooks.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot is available in the following exterior colours: Natural Green Metallic
Clear Coat, Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Bright
Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl
Coat (late availability).
The 2011 Jeep Patriot offers drivers segment-leading capability with features such as low-range
mode which generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water
fording capability, Hill-descent Control, 4x4 Lock shift-on-the-fly which sends 50 per cent of
torque to each the front and rear wheels, and a maximum tow rating of 2,000 lbs. The Jeep Patriot
also boasts an upgraded suspension for 2011, with higher spring and damping rates, added rebound
springs, and an increased diameter of the rear sway bar. Despite these numerous capability features,
the 2011 Jeep Patriot boasts good 4x4 fuel economy.
Jeep Patriot is available in three drivetrain configurations. In addition to the standard
front-wheel-drive system, Jeep Patriot also is available with Freedom Drive I™ and the Freedom
Drive II® Off-Road Package.
Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode
designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and
low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use,
including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a
lockable centre coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive
lock mode to handle deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.
The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an optional four-wheel-drive system that makes the
Jeep Patriot a Trail Rated® 4x4, providing the most capable vehicle in the crowded compact SUV
class. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable
transaxle with low range (CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch
all-terrain tyres and aluminium wheels, a full-size spare tyre, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps
and manual seat height adjuster. The available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is recommended
for moderate off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or
This Jeep technology includes the CVT2L’s best-in-class 19:1 low ratio, which is ideal 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 ESC and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS) also add to the
Patriot’s off-road capability.
The Trail Rated Jeep Patriot meets Jeep off-road capability requirements for traction, water
fording, articulation, manoeuvrability and ground clearance, including 9 inches of ground
clearance, a 29-degree approach angle, a 33-degree departure angle and a 23-degree breakover
angle. This version of the Patriot also has additional body sealing and high-mounted drivetrain
vents to support 19-inch water fording capability. In fact, 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.
Jeep Patriot’s powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and
refinement, all at an affordable, entry-level price.
Patriot 4x4 features a standard 2.4-litre World Engine that produces 172-horsepower and 165
lb.-ft. of torque. This 2.4-litre World Engine has dual variable valve timing (VVT) on both
intake and exhaust camshafts, which helps optimise the torque curve at all speeds and produces
more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT.
Dual VVT is a technology typically not available on vehicles sold in the United States in the
Jeep Patriot’s price class.
Standard on the 2011 Jeep Patriot Sport two-wheel-drive model is a 2.0-litre World Engine
that provides 158 horsepower (117 kW) and 141 lb.-ft. (191 Nm) of torque coupled with the
continuously variable transmission (CVT2).
Jeep Patriot also features a standard five-speed manual transaxle and an available CVT. The
Patriot’s CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler Group engineers calibrated for pleasing
engine response and precise ratio control. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of
6–8 per cent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic. Patriot’s CVT2 also improves
vehicle performance compared with a traditional automatic transaxle because of optimised gear
ratios, especially in the 30–60 mph range during passing manoeuvres.
A 2010 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, the Jeep Patriot for
2011 is loaded with more than 30 standard safety and security features, thoughtful functionality
and best-in-class off-road capability with Freedom Drive II, offering tremendous value for
consumers that desire an SUV to accommodate their active lifestyle at an affordable price.
Jeep Patriot Model Line-Up
For North America, the 2011 Jeep Patriot is available in three configurations: Sport, Latitude
and Latitude X. All are available 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
Built at Chrysler's Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinios (USA), the 2011 Jeep
Patriot models are now available in Jeep showrooms across North America.
Stay tuned to Next Car for details of Australian availability.