The most recent release of images from Jeep of their latest version, the 2011 model year of the Patriot seem to look quite a lot like the… old Jeep Patriot.
Apparently that’s pretty much the point of this whole idea as Jeep want to prove to us that it’s all in the details.
While the car retains the overall shape, the modification list includes a new body-colored grille, standard fog lamps, new 17-inch wheels, a lower rear bumper and a total of four new colors.
Underneath the exterior it’s pretty much the same story, the steering has been slightly tweaked, the suspension system has been modified for more comfort with increased damping/rebound rates and a new rear sway bar and if you’re planning on going for an all wheel drive model you’ll get a one inch increase in ride height.
The interior sticks to the new philosophy offering more soft-touch materials, as well as a new, thicker-rimmed steering wheel with integrated controls for the stereo and the trip computer. The Uconnect Voice Command system will be available across the board, and top-range Latitude X models will get standard automatic climate control.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot will be built at Chrysler’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois, and consumers will begin to see it populating dealer lots in the fourth quarter of 2010 (for those who don’t speak marketing that’ll be next month).
I’d say this new approach from Jeep will make the car quite an appealing contender in the compact off-roader market.