2012 Jeep Patriot Gets 2WD 2.0 Litre Option In Australia, Cherokee Up Next

Mike Stevens | Feb 3, 2012

Jeep has announced Australian release of its Patriot SUV in front-wheel-drive form, hot-on-the-heels of its 2012 Compass launch last month.

The introduction of the FWD configuration is accompanied by reduced prices, cutting between $2000 and $5000 from the Patriot's sticker price, depending on the model (and excluding on-road costs).

The 2WD model is now priced at $25,000 for the manual version and $27,000 for the automatic, while the 4WD 2.4 Patriot is marked down to $28,000 and $30,000 respectively.

As with the entry-level variants in the Compass range, the 2WD Patriot is offered with a 2.0 litre petrol engine producing 115kW and 190Nm of torque.

The 2.0 litre engine can be had with either a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic, with fuel consumption listed at 7.6 l/100km and 8.2 l/100km respectively.

It joins the 4WD version's existing 2.4 litre petrol engine, which delivers marginally greater power at 125kW and 220Nm.

A five-speed manual and CVT auto are the transmission choices in the 4WD models, and fuel consumption is listed at 8.4 l/100km and 9.1 l/100km.

Features for the Sport models include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof-rails, manual air-conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and auxiliary audio connectivity.

Upgrading to the Limited spec includes fog-lights at the front and rear, silver roof-rails, tinted windows, climate control, leather trim in the interior and heated front seats (with a six-way power-adjusted driver's seat), nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with 30gb music storage, and Bluetooth/USB connectivity.

Standard safety features include driver and front-passenger airbags and side curtain airbags. Supplemental driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side airbags are available as an option.

The updated Patriot also gets four-wheel ABS disc brakes, hill-start assist and electronic stability control with brake assist, traction control, electronic roll mitigation and brake lock differentials.

In March, the larger Cherokee will get a rear-wheel-drive option for Australia, powered by a V6 petrol engine - likely the same 151kW/315Nm 3.7 litre engine offered in the US (it has yet to pick up the new 210kW/347Nm Pentastar engine).

Pricing for the updated Cherokee range has yet to be revealed, but with its debut only weeks away, more should be revealed soon.

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  • bigbob says,
    3 years ago
    Can't bring myself to like anything but the Wrangler in the Jeep range.
  • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
    3 years ago
    Really ordinary lookin car I reckon... too 90s

    I guess that's what buyers of this thing are looking for? Dunno... otherwise just get the Compass!
  • mike says,
    3 years ago
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    The Patriot represents great value for your money. The 4x4 would be the better option. Unless your into very serious and heavy duty off road driving the Patriot will do the job well.

    The more square shape is a mix of old and new yet it still looks smart and modern. The Patriot looks far better in reality compared to photos.

    I think when it comes to 4 x4 vehicles most Australian people think Japanese makes like Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Patrol, Suzuki Sierra or Vitara.

    Jeep is an American/ Chrysler Brand even though they are made off shore or in Mexico. Most 4x 4 are made in Thailand.

    I think the Patriot would look a bit better with dual headlights or the same headlight configuration of the Cherokee. Maybe the 2013 model ??? and a bit of chrome for the Grille would look nice.smile
  • Ivor croft says,
    3 years ago
    I'm just a Jeepster for your love
  • Ivor croft says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    Jeep Patriot is a small Hummer
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