Patriot ‘takes Jeep in new direction’

The Jeep Patriot will launch this summer as the new entry level model for the Jeep brand in the UK and, along with the Compass, is intended to take the marque in a new direction.

According to the automaker, these new vehicles will offer the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a family hatchback with the packaging and "interior flexibility" of an SUV.

Peter Lambert, managing director of Chrysler UK, said that the Patriot has the look of a classic Jeep but is equipped with a "state-of-the-art" four-wheel drive system and cutting edge performance and fuel economy.

"The marketplace is changing and the Jeep brand is leading that change as the compact SUV market grows," he added.

"Our research shows that the Jeep Patriot appeals to younger customers that want more from their traditional family car – young families want a vehicle that looks different but still offers plenty of room and practicality, together with great performance and fuel economy."

Two versions of the Patriot will be launched in the UK, featuring a 138bhp, two-litre diesel engine or a 168bhp, 2.4-litre petrol unit.

The new model’s range of standard equipment includes side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability programme.

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