All-new Jeep Patriot
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20th April, 2006
The Jeep brand has continued its expansion into untravelled territory revealing the 2007 Jeep Patriot at the New York International Motor Show. This all-new compact sport-utility vehicle delivers fun, freedom and utility.
Based on the Jeep Patriot concept first introduced at the 2005 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the 2007 Jeep Patriot is a modern interpretation of traditional Jeep styling. The Jeep Patriot combines the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling and fuel economy of a compact car.
All-new Jeep technology gives Patriot more capability than any other vehicle in its class.
“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.”
Although not yet confirmed for sale in Australia, the 2007 Jeep Patriot will go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Jeep are planning an even greater presence in Australia this year with two all-new models arriving; the Grand Cherokee SRT8 will arrive in the fourth quarter and the seven-seat Jeep Commander arrives in May.
Most capable vehicle in its class
Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance, as well as the ability 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, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive Lock mode to handle deeper snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.
The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that makes the Jeep Patriot a Trail Rated 4x4, suggesting it may be the most capable vehicle in the compact SUV class. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package 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 tyres and alloy wheels, a full-size spare tyre, air-filtration system, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and seat height adjuster. The available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is recommended for true off-road situations that include steep grades, wheel lift and rock or log climbing.
“The Jeep Patriot’s innovative Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package uses all-new Jeep 4x4 technology to achieve Trail Rated capability,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-Wheel-Drive Product Team. “This four-wheel-drive technology, developed by Jeep engineers, provides many of the benefits of a traditional transfer case without the additional weight.”
Jeep utility from the inside and out
In addition to interior spaciousness and flexibility, the Jeep Patriot has many clever and unique available interior features that add functionality not typically found in a compact SUV, including:
The Patriot features a 2.4-litre World Engine that produces 128 kW of power. 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.
Jeep Patriot also features a standard five-speed manual transaxle and an available CVT that Chrysler Group engineers calibrated for pleasing engine response and precise ratio control. CVT contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6–8 per cent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic.
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