The 2011 Jeep Patriot has just gone on sale in NZ, with new styling, new interior features, and improved handling
The classic Jeep Patriot styling has been enhanced for 2011 with new front and rear fascias, lower bodyside accent cladding, a revised grille and an increased ride height.
Up front is a modern version of the Jeep brand’s signature seven-slot grille with a new rugged mesh texture, a robust bumper and round headlamps. A front skid plate surrounds the new fog lamps, and the new rear fascia extends lower than on previous models and features a chrome-tipped exhaust on the Limited.
There are new 17-inch aluminium wheels as standard, housed inside signature Jeep trapezoidal wheel openings.
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; new cloth interior with premium bucket seats in the front; standard cruise control on all models; new backlighting of door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls; and standard automatic temperature control on the Limited model. Interior colour options for the 2011 Jeep Patriot are Dark Slate Gray or Light Pebble Beige.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot is available in the following exterior colours: Rescue Green, Bright White, Bright Silver, Mineral Grey, Black, Blackberry Pearl, Deep Cherry Red and Deep Molton Red,
Other highlights include brake traction control, Hill-descent Control, 4x4 Lock shift-on-the-fly which sends 50 percent of torque to front and rear wheels, and a maximum tow rating of 1500kg. The Jeep Patriot also boasts an upgraded suspension for 2011, including increased diameter of the rear sway bar.
Freedom Drive is Patriot’s standard full-time, active four-wheel-drive system, which features a lockable centre coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle sand, deep snow and other low-traction surfaces.
This Jeep technology includes off-road brake traction control to maintain forward mobility during heavy articulation or on split-friction surfaces where one wheel loses traction. Hill-descent Control, three-mode ESC and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS) also add to the Patriot’s off-road capability.
Jeep Patriot’s powertrain features a standard 2.4-litre engine that produces 125kW and 220Nm of torque. This engine has dual variable valve timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts. When paired with the five-speed manual, Patriot’s economy records 8.4L/100km combined cycle, with economy of 6.7L/100km on the highway.
Jeep Patriot also offers a CVT automatic transmission, contributing to a reported fuel economy improvement of 6 - 8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot is available in two configurations: Sport and Limited.
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