• Apr 8, 2010
Jeep Patriot Extreme – Click above for high-res image gallery

Were Jeep's stable an actual family, the Patriot would be the Wrangler's dweeby younger brother – you know, the one that can only pick on the drooling infant Compass. Whereas the rest of the brand is more than happy to set out on a weekend of adventure in the wild, the Patriot is a little more likely to stay at home in the safety of an air-conditioned garage and organize its Lego collection. But that doesn't necessarily mean the baby ute can't be tweaked into something awesome.

Jeep has just released a slew of new photos of the Patriot Extreme the company unveiled at this year's Easter Jeep Safari. As the story goes, Chrysler's engineers have outfitted the truck with nothing more than a slight suspension lift, a set of rock sliders and new wheels before heading off to Moab to play for the weekend. Throw in a little help from the trail-rated package, and this urban commuter becomes more than capable off-road. We approve.



[Source: Jeep via Facebook]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      In my opinion the IFS Patriot, Compass, Liberty and the Grand Cherokees have all failed to live up to the "Jeep" moniker.

      Without the off road capability of the Wrangler or the older Cherokee XJ/Grand Cherokee ZJ (solid axles, tough t-cases, trannys and gearing) they should have been called Dodge ??? or Chrysler ???...anything but "Jeep".

      Tradition trumps everything else due to Jeep's special history. Maybe someday Chrysler (or whoever owns Jeep at the time)...will get it right again.

      Larry
      http://www.4-the-love-of-jeeps.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite impressive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an 07 PAreiot, it is the FD1/5 speed manual combo and the thing has surprised the hell out of me just how capable it is. I have had it in seep mud, dep water, through rocks and it has done great. The 2 places it is lacking is ground clearance and power. I have cosidered the Rocky Mountain lift kit, but alas I plan on trading it in about a year, not because it's a bad vehicle or bad at what it was designed for, i ave just fallen in love with the 2011 Mustang GT :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      You realize you can drive down a sandy dirt road in almost anything, right?
      (well, Zach I know you know that)

      I'm curious on the stats on this thing. As a long-time "Jeep guy", I'd be willing to accept a more rally/go-fast oriented version of the crossover in place a of a Rubicon-grade go-slow (but anywhere) version.

      Just wheels/tires/flares/decals doesn't cut it, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You could do everything in that gallery with a Subaru Outback.
        (which is a mix of compliment to the outback and insult to the Patriot)

        Based on the linked EJS article, this is a relatively unimpressive set of upgrades.

        ...particularly unimpressive, once you realize the Patriot shares a platform with the EVO. How about an Evo or SRT-4 drivetrain equipped rally-spec Patriot? That would get me all hot and bothered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This could have been from the start, a viable alternative to the H3, instead of floundering on the lots for 2 years with no real purpose in life. Car companies confound the hell out of me sometimes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Having driven a patriot, and I like them, I just don't see people cross shopping this with an H3, even if this was stock. I know you said viable alternative, but i think its just to small to be comparable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, it's not a Wrangler. Nor a Cherokee XJ. Nor was it meant to be. Regardless...

      http://www.expeditionswest.com/equipment/reviews/patriot/index.htm - and that's WITHOUT the extra doo-dads on the "Extreme."
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have put up a video, doesn't really look like it has the power to do the rock stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That doesn't mean anything without a video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

      When is the Wrangler getting the new Pentastar engine... better yet how 'bout a diesel for the U.S. ----> I'm in the market and trying to be patient.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know you meant 'diesel for the wrangler' in the us. I looked at the diesel Patriot, yawned, and went to another brand, knowing like most that the wrangler was the one we wanted with a crd in it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kumar - I've driven the Patriot with the CRD and a 6-speed manual and found it to be a far more interesting vehicle than the gas/CVT combo that we're stuck with here. Completely different character. I think most buyers would agree, even if it doesn't have the Wrangler's abilities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Patriot looks great! Just switch out those silly round headlights for some simple rectangles and you'd have what everyone is always clamoring for - a reincarnated Cherokee!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Hell no. No rectangle lights. Looks stupid on the new Liberty."

        That's because those are the omnipresent reflector-optic fancy-pants designer deals. I am talking abuout the old-school sealed-beam type like on the Cherokees. That would look cool.

        As far as round vs rectangle, I think round belongs on Wrangler and Rectangle belongs on everything else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell no. No rectangle lights. Looks stupid on the new Liberty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "That and give it solid axle dana 44's all around...."

        Which would be tough to do since its driven through a FWD-style transaxle...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Real Jeeps have Round headlights!!!
        Real Jeeps have Rectangle headlights!!!

        FIGHT!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even more true for Compass.
        With rounds headlights it looks like a guilty pup
        • 4 Years Ago
        That and give it solid axle dana 44's all around....
      Colin
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the little pat and I agree with the comments above, they need to make a lift kit a factory option (TRX4 package maybe or going for the jeep thing Golden Eagle) and offer it several trim levels in the 14,000 to 22,000 range. I think this would e an excellent SUV for the I want jeep but don't need a wrangler crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like most of those pics were taken on the beginning of the Fins & Things trail. Ah Moab, can't wait to return! If only Jeep would produce the Jeep Nuke....
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