The Jeep brand has continued its expansion into untraveled territory revealing the 2007 Jeep Patriot at the opening day of the New York International Auto Show. This all-new compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) delivers fun, freedom, utility and best-in-class Jeep 4x4 capability. 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.
In the U.S. the 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, 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 center 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, creating 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.
Jeep Patriot's flexible interior gives buyers the capability to do more in terms of seating friends and storing gear. A command-of-the-road seating position gives drivers an added feeling of control. Jeep Patriot has 1006 milimetres of rear seat leg room, 1.53 cubic metres of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 1.78 cubic metres of cargo space with the front passenger seat back and rear seats folded flat.
The 2007 Jeep Patriot's powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and refinement. 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.
Company press release, last updated on April 12, 2006