A new interior and upgraded ride are among the highlights of the 2010 Jeep Patriot that has just gone on sale in New Zealand.
Priced from just $35,990, the new Jeep Patriot is among the most competitive compact SUVs on the market and now it’s better than ever.
The classic Jeep exterior styling remains mostly unchanged, but inside the Patriot has been given a freshen up.
The interior is now finished in Dark Slate Grey — the Limited model gets leather trim — and the cargo area on both models is now fully carpeted Also new is the dashboard, centre stack and instrument panel, door trim panels and centre console with split lid for increased cabin storage space.
To reduce noise and to give the latest Jeep Patriot a quieter ride, the engine compartment and interior floor insulation has been improved. Suspension tuning has been revised, giving the Jeep Patriot a smoother ride on the tarmac. Electronic Stability Programme, which now includes Electronic Roll Mitigation and six airbags are standard across the range.
“The new Jeep Patriot is an exceptional vehicle and we have managed to incorporate all the changes without increasing the price,” says Todd Groves, Chrysler Divisional Manager for Sime Darby Automobiles New Zealand Limited, which distributes Jeep in this market.
The interior features in the Jeep Patriot include:
* Premium sound system two articulating speakers packaged in the tailgate; when the tailgate is open, the speakers can swing down to face rearward and play music to augment outdoor activities
* Dual purpose, self-recharging removable cargo lamp mounted in the headliner above the cargo area, which can be removed to serve as a flashlight
* Sliding centre armrest with 76 millimetres of travel to accommodate a variety of drivers in comfort
* Fold-flat front passenger seat that creates a table-like surface for added versatility
* 17-inch alloy wheels on all models
* Heated front seats and deep tint windows on all Patriot models
Under the bonnet is a 2.4-litre petrol engine matched to a second generation CVT automatic transmission. The transmission has been re-calibrated to allow the driver to manually select six gears.
And, because it’s a Jeep, the new 2010 Patriot has a four-wheel-drive system. The Freedom Drive on-demand system engages four-wheel drive when it’s needed on or off-road and features an Electronically Controlled Coupling (ECC) attached to the rear differential. The ECC controls the amount of torque going to the rear wheels by means of an electronic control module and a two-stage clutch.
In addition, for the ultimate versatility, at speeds up to 15km/h, the driver can also engage an off-road mode at the flick of a switch. This activates the enhanced off-road features of the system and the ECC ensures that the torque is split evenly between the front and rear wheels, giving the best traction.
Also standard on all models is a version of the ABS system designed specifically for off-road use. This takes advantage of the fact that, on loose surfaces such as gravel, sand and mud, braking distances are shorter if a car’s wheels have a certain degree of lock up, ploughing through the surface and building up a ‘wedge’ in front of the wheels, which helps to slow the car. With conventional ABS, the wheels would not lock up, so the wedge could not form, and stopping distances would be longer.
The new 2010 Jeep Patriot is on sale now. To find out more click here to visit the Jeep NZ website.