Jeep Patriot

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Jeep Patriot
Jeep Patriot.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Jeep (Chrysler)
Also called Jeep Liberty (in Russia)
Production 2006[1] — present
Model years 2007 — present
Assembly United States: Belvidere, Illinois, (Belvidere Assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Compact Crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler PM/MK platform
Related Mitsubishi Lancer
Jeep Compass
Dodge Caliber
Mitsubishi Outlander
Chrysler Sebring
Dodge Avenger
Chrysler Sebring (convertible)
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L World I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L VW I4 (t/c diesel)
2.2 L OM651 I4 (t/c diesel)
2.4 L World I4 (gasoline)
Transmission 5-speed Magna T355 manual
6-speed Aisin BG6 manual (Diesel only)
6-speed Hyundai 6F24 automatic
CVT Jatco JF011E automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 103.7 in (2,634 mm)
Length 173.6 in (4,409 mm)
Width 69.1 in (1,755 mm)
Height 2007–09: 64.4 in (1,636 mm)
2010–present: 65.7 in (1,669 mm)

The Jeep Patriot (MK74) is a compact crossover SUV introduced in early 2007 for the 2007 model year by the Jeep marque of Chrysler. It debuted publicly in April 2006 at the New York Auto Show and slots below the Liberty alongside the slightly more expensive Compass in the Jeep lineup. It is the least-expensive SUV in North America, and one of the lowest priced SUV-standard crossovers up to date.

Design[edit]

Jeep Patriot Limited Rear
2011 Jeep Patriot 2.2 CRF Limited

The Compass and Patriot are both based on the DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi GS platform. These vehicles are differentiated by their styling and marketing: The Patriot is a traditional four-door Jeep wagon, similar to the Cherokee, which was discontinued in the U.S. in 2001, while the Jeep Compass is intended as a sporty crossover, but with more capacity to handle rough roads and poor weather than competitors like the Pontiac Vibe. The Dodge Caliber, also based on the GS platform, was a more direct competitor to the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix, and was more like a small hatchback than either of the Jeeps. The Patriot is manufactured at Chrysler's Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant alongside the Compass.[1]

In the U.S. the Patriot uses either the 2.0 L or 2.4 L World gasoline I4 engine. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. The Patriot features two four-wheel drive systems both of which are electronically controlled. The basic four-wheel drive system is called Freedom Drive I. This system is a full-time four-wheel drive system with locking capability. The other system, called Freedom Drive II, is based on Freedom Drive I, but by using the vehicle's CVT transmission it is capable of a 19:1 gear reduction simulating a low-range usually found in vehicles with dedicated transfer cases. The 2.4 L GEMA I4 is an option for the 4X2 model Patriot.

For Europe and Australia, a 2.0 L (1968 cc; 120 cid; 140ps) Volkswagen-manufactured diesel engine is fitted along with a 6-speed manual gearbox. All EU cars are fitted as standard with four wheel drive and a version of the Freedom Drive System that tuned differently from the U.S. versions, but with similar capability to FDII with brake traction control and three switchable electronic stability control and traction control settings for on or off-road use.

The Patriot won 2007 Green 4x4 Award and the 2008 4x4 of the Year in the UK.

Models[edit]

The Patriot is offered in three models:

Sport:
-Manual Roll-Up Windows and Manual Door Locks
-Vinyl-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Dual-Note Horn
-Cruise Control
-Anti-Theft Ignition
-Vinyl (Later Cloth) Seating Surfaces
-Manual Front Bucket Seats
-Folding Rear Bench Seat
-Heater and Fan Blower
-2.0L I4 Engine (4X2) or 2.4L I4 Engine (4X4)
-5-Speed Manual Transmission
-Tinted Windows
-16" All-Season Tires
-16" Styled Steel Wheels
-A/M-F/M Stereo w/ Single-Disc CD Player (Later CD-MP3 Player) and Four Speakers

Latitude:
-Power Windows w/ One-Touch Driver's Auto Down Feature and Power Door Locks
-SIRIUS-XM Satellite Radio
-Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
-Keyless Entry w/ Panic Feature and Security System
-Cloth Seating Surfaces
-Air Conditioning w/ Manual Control
-17" All-Season Tires
-17" Alloy Wheels

Limited:
-Cloth (Later Leather) Seating Surfaces
-Power Front Driver's Seat
-Power Sunroof
-U Connect Hands-Free Bluetooth Telephone System

Off-roading capabilities[edit]

The Freedom Drive II-equipped Patriot uses a continuously variable transmission with a low range instead of a traditional two-speed transfer case, but has Jeep's "Trail Rated" badging, signifying that it "has been designed to perform in five categories of off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording." The Freedom Drive II Patriot is among the most off-road-capable vehicles in its class, in part due to specialized anti-lock braking technology that Jeep describes as 'Brake Lock Differential'. This allows the vehicle to maintain forward motion if one or two wheels lose traction by selectively and aggressively applying brakes to the spinning wheels. This is an improvement over other conventional on-road orientated AWD system; a vehicle intended for on-road use with open differentials only would be stranded if there was a loss of traction in one front and one rear wheel at the same time. The BLD is also standard in The Freedom Drive I, although it is less aggressive than the BLD found in the Freedom Drive II Patriots.

Model Engine Power Torque Transmission
Sport 2.4 L World I4 172 hp (128 kW) 165 lb·ft (224 N·m) 5-speed manual
Limited CVT

Electric version[edit]

At the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Jeep Patriot was added to Chrysler's ENVI lineup. As with the previously announced Jeep Wrangler EV, the Jeep Patriot EV is an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV, also called a plug-in hybrid vehicle), capable of traveling 40 mi (64 km) solely on battery power and up to 400 mi (644 km) on a single tank of gas.[2]

However, Chrysler's new partner Fiat SpA disbanded the ENVI division in November 2009, and removed the three ENVI models from its 5-year plan for Chrysler.[3] There have been no announced plans to continue with the electric version.

2011 facelift[edit]

The Patriot received minor upgrades for 2011. Outside, the Patriot sports minor styling tweaks while the interior receives upgrades as well. Three trims are offered in the US: Sport, Latitude, and Limited (which replaces the earlier Latitude X).

In the EU, four trims are offered: Sport, Sport Plus, Limited, and an Overland version. In the EU market, the 2.0 L Volkswagen PD Diesel Engine has been replaced by a 2.2 L Mercedes-Benz Twin-Cam Common Rail Diesel engine delivering 163 hp (122 kW).

For 2011, a 70th Anniversary Edition model, based on the Sport model, was offered to commemorate Jeep's 70th anniversary. It added special Olive or Beige interior colors, special alloy wheels, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with subwoofer and fold-down lift gate speakers, Sirius XM Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, heated front seats, and other features. This model was available starting in May 2011, with production winding down in October of 2011.

For 2012 only, an Altitude Edition model, based on the Sport model, was offered. It featured a black leather upholstery, special black-finished alloy wheels, a nine-speaker sound system, Sirius XM Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and black-painted exterior accents. This model started production in May of 2012, and was only available for a few months. It was discontinued in early fall 2012.

For the 2013 model year, a Freedom Edition model, based on the Sport model, was offered to commemorate Jeep's commitment to the U.S. Army and military, as well to commemorate all of the soldiers who have served. It has a special star hood decal, power leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sirius XM Radio, and dark-finished alloy wheels. This model features Commando Green Metallic exterior paint that is not be available on other 2013 Jeep Patriots.

The Jeep Patriot underwent no changes in trims or models for the 2014 model year.

Future[edit]

There is speculation that Chrysler may be planning for a second-generation Jeep compact crossover to replace both the Patriot and the Compass starting with 2015 model year. The reveal will most likely occur in mid-2014. There are hints that the vehicle will inspire from the 2014 KL Cherokee, notably for the new grille in terms of design, new unibody fit for transverse engine, and standard composition 4-wheel drive system.

On March 9, 2014, a new mini SUV known as the Jeep Renegade was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. Fiat did not clearly state whether it will directly replace the Patriot yet.

Safety[edit]

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)[edit]

IIHS scores[4]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Poor[5]
Side impact Good*
Roof strength Good

*2007-2013 models with additional optional side airbags. Models without additional optional side air bags were rated Marginal.

NHTSA[edit]

2007-2010 Patriot NHTSA scores[6][7][8][9]
Frontal Driver: 4/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
4x2 Rollover: 4/5 stars
4x4 Rollover: 4/5 stars
2013 Patriot NHTSA scores[10][11]
Overall: 4/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 3/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 3/5 stars
Rollover: 3/5 stars

Sales[edit]

Calendar Year United States Canada Total
2007[12] 40,434
2008[13] 55,654
2009[14] 31,432
2010[15] 38,620 10,753 [16] 49,373
2011[17] 54,647
2012[18] 62,110
2013[19] 75,797 103,577

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hardigree, Matt (10 January 2009). "Jeep Patriot EV: A Conceptual Electric Missile From Chrysler". Jalopnik. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kroliki, Kevin (6 November 2009). "Chrysler dismantles electric car plans under Fiat". Reuters. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Jeep Patriot". Iihs.org. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  5. ^ "2012 Jeep Patriot Small SUV - Top Safety Pick". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "2007 Jeep Patriot 4-DR. w/SAB | Safercar - NHTSA". Safercar.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  7. ^ "2008 Jeep Patriot 4-DR. w/SAB | Safercar - NHTSA". Safercar.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  8. ^ "2009 Jeep Patriot 4-DR. w/SAB | Safercar - NHTSA". Safercar.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  9. ^ "2010 Jeep Patriot 4-DR. w/SAB | Safercar - NHTSA". Safercar.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  10. ^ "2013 Jeep Patriot SUV 2WD | Safercar - NHTSA". Safercar.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  11. ^ "2013 Jeep Patriot SUV 4WD | Safercar - NHTSA". Safercar.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Total Chrysler LLC December 2007 Sales Up 1 Percent on the Strength of Retail". CheersandGears.com. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  13. ^ "December 2008 Sales: Chrysler LLC". CheersandGears.com. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  14. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC December 2009 Sales". CheersandGears.com. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  15. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC December 2010 Sales". CheersandGears.com. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  16. ^ "Chrysler Canada Celebrates 26 Per Cent Sales Growth in 2010". chrysler.com. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Chrysler sales shoot up 37% (26% for 2011)". allpar.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  18. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC Reports December 2012 U.S. Sales Increased 10 Percent" (Press release). Chrysler Group LLC. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  19. ^ "Jeep Brand Records New All-time Global Sales Record in 2013" (Press release). Chrysler Group LLC. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

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