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Jeep gives its Patriot soft-roader a mild makeover, but is it just window dressing?

Jeep logo5 Aug 2011

By MIKE COSTELLO

AMID the turmoil of the past few years, the Chrysler group has managed to keep updating models like the Patriot – a car-based compact SUV that is related to a host of other branded vehicles including the Mitsubishi Outlander and Dodge Journey.

Along with a near-invisible facelift, the US engineers have installed better quality interior materials and revised suspension settings, but have they done enough for the Patriot Series II to stand scrutiny in such a fiercely contested and ever-evolving segment?
Model release date: 1 May 2011

Previous model

Jeep MK Patriot Series 1

Released: August 2007
Ended: April 2011
Family Tree: Patriot

JEEP’S first compact SUV came in two flavours – urban Compass or more rugged Patriot as featured here – and departed from the brand norm in being car-based. Derived from the same Mitsubishi GS-developed platform that underpins a variety of models including the Lancer, Outlander and Dodge Journey, the part-time AWD Patriot came in a single four-door wagon body shape, in Sport or Limited guises. The base engine was the 125kW/220Nm 2.4-litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol unit married to either a five-speed manual or six-speed CVT auto, while the VW-supplied 2.0-litre four-pot turbo-diesel providing 103kW and 310Nm relied solely on a six-speed manual gearbox.

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