Jeep Upgrades Patriot and Wrangler for 2011Posted on October 21st, 2010
Sport-utility vehicles get refreshed styling; more upscale interiors
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has created momentum in the showroom, boosting sales by 65 percent in September compared to last year. Product planners hope refreshed Patriot and Wrangler models will make the buzz about Jeep even stronger.
A new Patriot model called the Latitude offers enhanced content over the base grade, giving customers for the compact sport-utility vehicle more bang for the buck. Pricing for the front-wheel Latitude begins under $16,000.
Designers revised the Patriot’s front and rear fascias to give the truck a more substantial look, added standard 17-inch alloy wheels for the Latitude, and redesigned the seven-slot grille. Fog lamps are now inboard to do a better job of lighting. A fatter rear fascia conceals the muffler which is now painted black. Upscale Patriot grades get chrome exhaust tips.
Inside the Patriot features soft-touch door panels, a four-spoke steering wheel with redundant audio and Bluetooth controls and new cloth interior.
The four-wheel drive Patriot with an off-road package meets Jeep’s trail-rated standards. All trail-rated Jeeps must be able to negotiate the challenging Rubicon Trail outside Lake Tahoe, California.
Engineers re-tuned the Patriot’s suspension for reduced noise, vibration and harshness. Buyers can choose between two four-cylinder engines and a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. Jeep builds the Patriot at its Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant.
Body-colored hard top for Wrangler
Designers have added a body-colored hard top for the Jeep Wrangler. For 2011, the new hard top is only available on the Sahara. Product specialists are considering adding the option to the upscale Rubicon at a later date.
The Wrangler gains three new standard safety features: electronic stability control, hill-start assist and trailer sway control.
While the Wrangler retains all of the off-road features it’s known for, including removable doors and a fold-down windshield, the interior is more upscale.
For 2011, the model gets heated seats, automatic temperature controls, available heated seats and power heated outside mirrors, redundant steering wheel controls and larger rear windows. A USB port connects to thumb drives and MP3 players, while additional 12-volt outlets and a new 115-volt outlet interface with computers, video games and cell phones.
The redesigned interior features a new instrument panel with control buttons that are easier for the driver to reach. New interior door handles are easier to use. For the first time, the door panels have arm rests. A new soft-top center console locks to provide secure storage at the trailhead.
A new steering wheel has redundant audio and Bluetooth controls.
Power for all models comes from a 3.8-liter V-6 engine rated at 202 horsepower, mated to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The Wrangler is Jeep’s most off-road capable vehicle, with a 44.3-degree approach angle, 40.4 degree departure angle, and three skid plates. An available limited slip rear differential provides extra traction in sand, gravel, ice and snow.
Jeep builds the Wrangler at its Toledo, Ohio assembly plant.
The refreshed Jeep Patriot and Wrangler are rolling into dealerships nationwide.
2 responses to “Jeep Upgrades Patriot and Wrangler for 2011”
Nice to hear Jeep sales are bouncing back. Their vehicles still rock in my world! Sign me up for a couple to put in my driveway. Jeep is still tops – great looking, great riding, great durability, and great resale. You can’t go wrong!
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