Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Automobile Magazine Reviews the Patriot

In this brief report, Automobile magazine calls the Patriot the true replacement of the Jeep Cherokee.

Diesel Envy: Jeep Patriot 2.0 CRD

No, it's not coming to America, but the Jeep Patriot 2.0 CRD to be launched in Europe by mid year is making its premier at the 2007 International Motor Show in Geneva, on March 8. The diesel four banger tops 140 HP and 229 lb ft of torque, and gives you 46.3 impressive combined city/highway miles per gallon!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Trail Rated Patriot Goes Off Road

The Trail Rated Patriot Goes Off Road (official video by DaimlerChrysler).

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Patriots Flying Off Dealer Lots

DaimlerChrysler folks can't make a forecast right. While an overproduction of Jeep Commanders has led to huge incentives to try to move them, the Jeep Patriots are flying off the lots. Hint: make less Commanders, make more Patriots....

Sales are so brisk and inventories so low that Tom Dulaney, General Sales Manager of Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall in Rockport, IL, will not even take a Patriot to the Rockport Auto Show, just started yesterday. “We can’t keep them in the showroom,” Dulaney said of the Patriot, which just went into production in December. “They sell the same day we get them.”

The Patriot is showing all the signs of being a winner, from glowing reviews by every significant automotive publication, to strong initial demand by the buying public. As I may have mentioned before, I am considering buying a Patriot to replace my faithful but aging Jeep Cherokee, but I guess I'll wait until the feeding frenzy is over and supply catches up with demand.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Advanced Technologies Give the Jeep Patriot and Edge

The Jeep Patriot's advanced underbody design, with high strength steel that reduces weight while improving impact performance, and sealants and sound absorbent materials that minimize interior noise, are just a few of the technical advances that make the Patriot tough on the trail and pleasant for street use. Read more.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Jeep Patriot 2.4L World Engine

The Jeep Patriot comes standard with the 2.4L 4-cylinder world engine. This powerplant was developed by GEMA (Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance), a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. The ambitious objective of the alliance was to develop engines that could meet both aggressive performance and fuel efficiency targets. These goals were met through sophisticated cylinder head port and intake manifold design.

These technologies include dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and intake manifold design with flow control valves — technologies currently found only on more expensive performance and luxury engines in the American market. The horsepower and torque targets for the 2.4L world engine are among the best for four-cylinder engines – 170 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque.

Because fuel economy is a key factor in the four-cylinder market, the world engines are targeted to raise efficiency 5 percent over the engines they replace. These technologies also enable the engine to meet the ultra-clean ULEV II emissions standards.

GEMA set a high standard for sound quality and minimal noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). To meet these targets, engineers addressed NVH through several unique measures, including an isolated valve cover and a damped oil pan to reduce sound at the top and bottom of the engine.

GEMA has also produced a 1.8L and a 2.0L world engines. The 2.0L is offered as an option with the 2007 Jeep Patriot.

Friday, February 9, 2007

The Patriot Factor

Jeep has come up with an interesting marketing angle to promote the recently launched Patriot. They have teamed up with Marvel Comics to create a 28-page comic book in which the four action heroes portrayed will drive a Jeep Patriot. Furthermore, they are letting the general public write part of the script (just go to to try your luck).

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Motor Trend's First Impressions of the 2007 Jeep Patriot

Now it's Motor Trend's turn to review the Patriot. They liked the styling, off-road handling and affordability. They would have liked a manual transmission with the trail rated version and a stronger powerplant. They were not thrilled with the high-revving nature of the CVT either. Overall impression: while not a Wrangler, the Patriot leaves competitors like the Honda Cr-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape in the dust.

Detroit News Pleased with the Patriot

Detroit News says everybody will be pleased with the Patriot, except perhaps hard core Jeep purists. Scott Burgess submits the Patriot to all sorts of tests, on road and off-road and comes out pleased with what he calls "Everyman's Jeep", although he would have liked to see a manual transmission option with the Patriot's two off-road packages.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Yes, the Patriot is a Real Jeep

You have to read this review. Scott Brady, owner of Expeditions West, avid off-road adventurer and an expert tester and reviewer of all sorts of off-road products, has just submitted the Trail Rated Jeep Patriot to the most diverse and challenging off-road conditions and ends up saying that the Patriot has won his respect... If Expedition West says that, we can confidently say: the Jeep Patriot is, after all, a real Jeep.

Monday, February 5, 2007 Reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot

Joe Wiesenfelder from has just issued one of the most thorough reviews of the 2007 Jeep Patriot so far. He tests all trim levels and dwells extensively on each component, giving the Patriot his enthusiastic seal of approval. also presents plenty of pictures to complement this excellent report.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Edmunds Reviews the Jeep Patriot

The new Jeep Patriot gets a nod from yet another heavyweight publisher. This time it is Edmund's who gives its mark of approval to almost every aspect of the Patriot, with the exception of the CVT transmission.

Like other A-List reviewers, Edmund's seems to have serious issues with the CVT's high revving nature at full throttle, and the fact that it feels disconnected to the rest of the vehicle.

Given the CVT's obvious shortcomings, not offering a conventional automatic transmission for the Jeep Patriot is perhaps Jeep's only significant blunder on what would otherwise be a remarkable execution.