• Sep 14th 2010 at 11:28AM
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2011 Jeep Patriot – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler has just revealed the first images and details of its 2011 Jeep Patriot, and the compact softroader has received very subtle nip/tuck for the new model year that touch nearly every aspect of the vehicle.

The alterations include a new front fascia with fog lamps integrated with the headlamps, color-keyed grille, a new front fascia that's lower than before, new 17-inch alloys and a brace of new colors, among other differences.

Under the skin, the baby Jeep receives reworked steering and suspension tunings (though the company declines specifics) and 4x4 models benefit from additional inch of ride height to augment its off-road capabilities.

Like other recent Chrysler models, the Patriot's interior has been a sticking point since the model was introduced for the 2007 model year, and the Auburn Hills automaker has devoted quite a bit of attention to upgrading the cabin in this revised model. Changes include new soft-touch door panels with backlighting for the door and window switches, a new armrest, a new wheel with redundant audio controls (along with Bluetooth and cruise), higher-quality cloth on the seats, and so on.

Analyze the changes for yourself by checking out our high-res gallery below and the official press release after the jump.

[Source: Jeep]

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Coming Soon From Jeep®: 2011 Patriot with Aggressive New Styling, Segment- leading Capability and Unsurpassed 4x4 Fuel Economy

September 14, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC released images today of the new 2011 Jeep Patriot, the affordable compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) that offers consumers segment-leading capability and unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy, along with classic, rugged Jeep styling.

Jeep Patriot's classic exterior styling and capability are enhanced for 2011 with new front and rear fascias, a body-color grille, and an increased 4x4 ride height. Ride-and-handling is refined courtesy of retuned steering and suspension systems. Interior enhancements round out the new-for-2011 features, and include significantly upgraded touch points.

"Patriot boasts class-leading 4x4 capability and unsurpassed fuel economy, and a host of safety features in a fun and affordable package – a combination that only Jeep can offer," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "For 2011, Jeep Patriot is even more appealing to consumers, thanks to rugged new exterior styling, interior enhancements and refinements to the suspension and steering systems."

New-for-2011 Jeep Patriot exterior highlights include an aggressive new front fascia with standard fog lamps positioned inside the headlamps; a new rear fascia that extends lower than on previous models; a body-color grille; new available 17-inch wheels; four new colors and 4x4 ride height that has been increased by 1 inch.

Interior upgrades for the 2011 Jeep Patriot include new soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface; new center armrest; a new Jeep steering wheel with integrated controls that allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping their hands on the wheel; new cloth interior, with premium cloth bucket seats in the front; standard speed control on all models; new backlighting of door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls and standard automatic temperature control on the Latitude X model.

Available as a stand-alone option on all models for 2011 is the Uconnect® Voice Command with Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music/radio/SIRIUS satellite radio control.

The 2011 Jeep Patriot offers customers more capability than any other vehicle in the compact SUV class. Capability features include low-range mode which generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water fording capability, 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 2,000 lbs. The Jeep Patriot also boasts a retuned suspension for 2011, with higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs, and an increased diameter of the rear sway bar. Despite these numerous capability features, the 2011 Jeep Patriot boasts unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy in its segment.

A 2010 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, the Jeep Patriot for 2011 is loaded with more than 30 standard safety and security features, thoughtful functionality and best-in-class off-road capability with Freedom Drive II, offering tremendous value for consumers that desire an SUV to accommodate their active lifestyle at an affordable price.

Offered with front-wheel- or four-wheel-drive, Jeep Patriot is available in three configurations – Sport, Latitude and Latitude X.

Built at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill., the new 2011 Jeep Patriot models arrive in Jeep showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010.

About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and Mopar® vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler's culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat's complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group LLC's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The panel gaps between the hood and the front fascia look huge.Design element or lacking craftsmanship?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing design element. Personally I'm not a fan of super-tight panel gaps anyway -- I prefer a bit of a gap to form a visual black outline of the feature/part. But then, I'm also a fan of trucks and SUVs in general, and things like exposed/external hinges (see: Wrangler doors, hood, and tailgate, and the liftgate on 1984-1996 Jeep Cherokees)
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is an off-road vehicle? I thought it was a Caliber with a lift...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought on an off-road vehicle, you want a bit more gap on the body panels to allow for flexing when off-roading.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like the looks now. just those few changes seemed to bring it more in line with the old XJ. I agree the engine and cvt are crap. Europe gets VW's diesel engines. We need those too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That still looks like a crappy interior. But compared to the old one, it's probably night and day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks improved to me. Much improved. Bravo, Chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Crappy compared to what in it's price range? Have you looked at the CRV, or RAV 4 interior...they aren't that classy either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they offered the rag top like they do on the Liberty I'd highly consider trading in my Grand Cherokee for one.

      I love my Jeep...but 12 mpg avg is getting old.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That rag top is such a cool feature.
        Next best thing to a convertible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's better looking. Needs an engine transplant. How about a turbo motor. It's not really going off road anyway. Chrysler use to make turbo motors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks are much improved, but I still think it needs rectangular head lights.

      And... as everyone else here says, PLEASE bring DIESEL to the USA.

      I love the jeep brand, I want to see it survive and thrive. I have no problem with them producing vehicles from car based platforms. Most people do not need their DD to be able to drive over boulders! If that's your thing, buy a Wrangler.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not make Jeep a niche off-road brand and sell the CUV's and Soft-Roaders under the Chrysler and Dodge brands?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone explain to me why this model even still exists? I mean between the revitalized refresh of this year's Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, what's the point? Not to mention I'd be more apt to throw down cash for a Liberty before I even consider this Caliber in Jeep attire.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way, speaking of the Compass.....that thing is so beyond ugly its just plan laughable. God what an uhg mobile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your avatar is disturbing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Caliber in jeep attire is the Compass AND the Patriot, they are both based on the same frame and have the same drivetrain. Compass is just form of a hatchback and the patriot has a boxy SUV look.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also, the Caliber in jeep attire is the Compass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably so chrysler can sell Jeeps to people that don't want to spend more than 25 grand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Compass is just form of a hatchback and the patriot has a boxy SUV look."

        Uh, no. The Patriot is a very capable off-road machine. If you look thru some of the reviews you would know that. Of course it has to be optioned right but if it is there isn't much terrain that it couldn't handle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks almost exactly like a 90's Cherokee... sadly, it's all an illusion. I doubt this is even half as capable (or willing to break down) as a XJ.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. The chunky lines will appeal to the demographic, and Jeep absolutely needs these vehicles - they want sub-$20K models to appeal to the active college kids who want the full-bore Jeep but can't afford $25-30K yet. It may not be as capable as others in the lineup, but then again it's also a lot more practical while retaining the tough looks, which is what 95% of the buyers will be concerned about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jeep does not need this SUV it just dilutes the brand. Whats next, an Aston Martin for under $20k for the 007 fans that can't afford a V12 Vantage?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great. My brother got a patriot limited 4x4 5 speed in mid 07 and it was a great value and has been a great vehicle. With the new updates it should be even better.

      Love the haters, most of which probably do not own a jeep and would not buy a jeep.

      I agree a new fiat infused motor would make it better, moreso than the one daimler stuck them with intially. What they really need is to get rid of the CVT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I own a Jeep compass (Patriot's twin) and I've never been more disappointed in a vehicle ever. It was my wife's purchase.

        The fuel economy is sub par for a tarted up compact car.
        The doors are sagging.
        When it's cold, a couple of times it's failed to start.

        And the worst thing, the driving experience is just awful. It handles much more sloppily than a 1990 Mercury Sable that I've driven.

        There is nothing good I can say about this vehicle after having owned it. That being said I don't hate Jeeps and am quite fond of the Wrangler and Cherokee.

        For me the test is for a vehicle to be very good at what it's designed to do. The Jeep Patriot fails at fuel economy, any sort of real off road chops, and is just flimsy all around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ sw

        Nice to hear another owners opinion.

        My cousin has a '08 Patriot with the FD off road package and hates it too. He pretty much stole it from Chrysler at the peak of the automotive sales slump when GM and Chrysler were filing for bankruptcy. While it is decent for its size off-road, he says it isn't even worth what he paid for it which IIRC was close to $6,000 off of MSRP.

        He came out of a 2003 Liberty Renegade so he loves Jeeps but I don't think he'll get another unless it is the '11 GC.
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