• Oct 29th 2006 at 10:35AM
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Yes, even more stuff comes down the pike from the guys and gals of DaimlerChrysler. This time, it's in the form of the Jeep Patriot, as envisioned by the good folks at the Chrysler Design Center. As of yet, it's unnamed, so we'll ask for suggestions in 'comments.'

In the meantime, we'll call it the Partly Pragmatic Patriot and give you the quick and dirty on what's been done. The modifications made were centered on making this mild-mannered people mover into a true off-roader. The majority of the focus came by way of jacking up the suspension two-and-a-half inches and throwing on 16" wheels with BFG Mud Terrain tires. That combination of tire and custom-suspension gives the PPP over 11-inches of ground clearance, which will make it easier to avoid smashing that new, metal front-bumper into large, immovable objects.

Beyond that, the team threw on a new roof rack and lighting system, and did their best to make the PPP as purposeful as it looks.

(Full press excerpt after the jump.)



Jeep® Patriot

Builders: Chrysler Tech Center Vehicle Build Shops.

Trail-rated and designed to maximize the capability of the most off-road worthy vehicle in its class. Custom suspension lift raises the suspension 2.5 inches over stock-ride height and provides over 11 inches of ground clearance – to make way for the 31-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires on 16-inch Jeep Moab rims supplied by Prime Wheel. The front fascia is replaced by a custom steel bumper designed to protect the front end while allowing for as much tire exposure as possible. Custom roof rack ensures there's plenty of storage for any occasion. Auxiliary lighting brightens any dark trails.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice small soft-roader. But please get rid of this loud Volkswagen 2.0l PD TDI Diesel and install a decent Common Rail unit like the VM RA420 series.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 This is not a Liberty replacement. This is another softroader built on the front wheel drive Caliber.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Remind me again, why isn't it coming straight from the factory like that? This is a Jeep, none of those off-roading modifications should have had to be added.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks better to me than the Compass that has that ugly "D" pillar like the RAV4.

      Why does DCX need so many of these overlapping models?

      This one at least looks butch (unlike the Compass) and isn't too big.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new Jeep Xterra bull
      • 8 Years Ago
      ZenDriver, you do realize that the SEMA stands for the Specialty Equipment Market Association? The purpose of the show is to highlight new aftermarket parts and "plastic show parts".
      • 8 Years Ago
      A good name for this vehicle would be Compass Killer !
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am really liking this Jeep vehicle. It does infact look a great deal like the Xterra, which is a great looking SUV.

      I would love to own one of these vehicles, I think it is well designed and fits the Jeep style very well. Much better than those 4 door Wranglers!!

      Just needs a Winch and a better bumper up front, and I think it would be perfect.

      -AJ Quick
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. That actually looks good, except for the interior. It's kind of "bleh", and what's up with the enormous hole in the passenger-side console? Hopefully the interior fit and finish will be better than the outgoing Liberty's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The mystery to me is why Jeep introduced the not-very-Jeep Compass before the Patriot. Now the Patriot is badly tainted by its association with the Compass. It'll never be a considered proper Jeep, even though it completely looks the part, and can apparently be equipped to perform like one too.

      Had the Patriot been introduced first, everyone would have noticed that it's capable of equipped to perform like a real Jeep. It would have won a place in the Jeep family. Now it's the bastard brother of an illegitimate sister.

      Good move, Dr. Z. Handicap two cars at once!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What powers it and is it actually able to keep up with true Jeeps off road?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jeep X-Patriot. Totally Original, unlike the boys at Nissan
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