The Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover SUV to be introduced for the
2007 model year. It will debut publicly in mid-2006.
The Patriot and Compass are both based on the Chrysler/Mitsubishi GS
platform. These vehicles will be differentiated by their styling and
marketing: The Patriot is a traditional 4-door Jeep wagon, while the
Compass is intended as a sporty "hot hatch" crossover like the Toyota
Matrix. The Dodge Caliber, also based on the GS platform, is a
combination of these two segments.
The Patriot will use a four-cylinder 2.4 L GEMA gasoline engine and
might also get a 2.0 L Volkswagen-designed diesel engine for the
European market. The car will also feature an electronically-controlled
all wheel drive system with variable torque between speeds of 25 and 65
mph for optimal handling. These will be the first Jeeps offered in many
years that don't feature "trail rated" models, ie. stock models that can
traverse the Rubicon Trail without modifications.
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