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2011 JEEP PATRIOT GAINS NEW LOOK, ADDED REFINEMENT [LIVE IMAGE UPDATE]

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2011 JEEP PATRIOT GAINS NEW LOOK, ADDED REFINEMENT [LIVE IMAGE UPDATE]

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By Andrew Ganz

Making its formal debut today at the State Fair of Texas' auto show, the 2011 Jeep Patriot brings with it a revised front fascia, some interior revisions and, Jeep says, a more refined driving experience.

Jeep says that many of the biggest changes are skin deep, but the automaker's small car-based 'ute gains a more aggressive front fascia with newly standard front fog lamps, a body-colored grille, 17-inch alloy wheels and some revisions to its rear end. The available 4x4 model sits an inch higher than before, although Jeep hasn't specified if the model's increased ride height significantly changes its off road ability.

Inside, Jeep further refined the Patriot's still relatively fresh interior. Although the Patriot gained a new dashboard and center console for 2009, the 2011 model adds new soft-surface door panels, a new center armrest, a three-spoke steering wheel from the Grand Cherokee, revised upholstery and increased standard equipment. Cruise control and back-lit door switches are newly standard, while the Latitude X model gains automatic climate control.

The Jeep receives a retuned suspension with higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs and a thicker rear swaybar for the new year. Despite its car-based platform, Jeep says that the Patriot can ford 19 inches of water and tow 2,000 lbs. The single-speed transfer case on 4x4 models continues to feature on-the-fly locking to split power 50/50 between the front and rear wheels for added traction.

Jeep hasn't detailed mechanical specifications, but it's expected that the current 2.0 and 2.4-liter four-cylinders will continue to be mated to either five-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions.

Three models will be offered for 2011: The base Sport, mid-level Latitude and range-topping Latitude X. All are built in Belvidere, Illinois, and will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2010. Jeep has not released pricing.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/jeep-patriot.html

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