standard Jeep Patriot

Looks like Chrysler is still a day late and at least $7 billion short. While the company announced yesterday that it would shut down its plants for a month, the news is out today that the smallest of the Big Three will try to put its best face forward and bring an electric Jeep Patriot (with range extender, like the Renegade) to the Detroit Auto Show next month. How do we know this? Because Chrysler doesn't like the blogs.

After trying to keep a lid on its upcoming auto show debuts by not inviting bloggers to the preview backgrounders, Jalopnik was able to squeeze some not-too-inspiring information out somehow - and then promptly put the information on the web. We don't know too many details about the Jeep Patriot EV, but we do know it has a claimed range of 40 miles on battery post. The Patriot EV is the fourth vehicle from Chrysler's ENVI unit, following the Dodge EV and the EVs based on the Town and Country Van and the Jeep Wrangler. The standard 2009 Jeep Patriot gets 28 mpg hwy, 23 mpg city and starts at around $15,683 on the market. The Jeep Patriot EV will cost, well, we'll just wait until it's more than vaporware to start thinking about that.

This post has been updated to remove wrong information.
[Source: Jalopnik via Autoblog]

Chrysler's forthcoming auto show debuts (from Autoblog):

2009 Detroit Auto Show
- Jeep Patriot EV, fourth member of the ENVI division's EV family
- Dodge Ram HD

2009 Chicago Auto Show
- Dodge Ram Chassis Cab trucks

2009 New York Auto Show
- Redesigned 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee

- Redesigned 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger with all-new interiors

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