Jeep Patriot Altitude edition arrives with $20,240 starting price

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 27, 2012

The Jeep Patriot Altitude is available for as low as $20,240 (U.S. MSRP) for 4x2 variants. The 4x4 versions come with a starting price of $23,275 (U.S. MSRP). This model has the "blacked-out" theme present on the Compass and Grand Cherokee variants. However, it features more chrome and polished steel compared to the Compass version.

The Patriot Altitude comes in Deep Cherry Red, Mineral Gray, Bright White and Black. The Patriot Altitude rides on 17-inch high-gloss black aluminum wheels surrounded with Firestone BSW all-season touring tires. It features bright polished steel roof rails, a bright chrome lower fascia and rear step pad appliques.

This Altitude model is considered as the best-priced SUV in America. In fact, it was recently dubbed an Lowest True Cost To Own® vehicle. It has also earned recognition by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick." The Patriot Altitude comes in three drivetrain configurations such as the Freedom Drive I packages and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road.

It is fitted with power windows (driver one-touch) and locks, power heated exterior mirrors and heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and continuously variable automatic transaxle. The model also has a wide array of security and safety features, which include electronic stability control, side-curtain air bags for all rows, Hill-start Assist with manual transmission and electronic roll mitigation.

For the 2011 model year, Jeep made sure to not only improve the capability of the new Patriot but also to enhance the style of the exterior. Thus, the ride height of this 4x4 has been increased by 1 inch and in addition to having a new body-color grille, also has new fascias in the front and the rear. In terms of performance, both the suspension systems and the steering have been retuned allowing the handling and the ride quality to be refined further.

The fascia in the front is the main highlight for the change done on the exterior and here, one is likely to see that inside the headlamps are the fog lamps fitted as standard. On the rear meanwhile, the fascia is now lower compared to the previous version. New as well are the 17-inch wheels. For the exterior, the brand is offering customers the choice of four new colors.

Completing the changes done to the 2011 Jeep Patriot are those in the interior with some features upgraded. A good example of this is the trim panels on the front door that are composed of soft touch materials with the upper region being padded.

There is a new center armrest as well as a new steering wheel. For the steering wheel in particular, controls have been integrated to it ensuring that the driver would be able to manage the many features that include, among others, hands-free phone, cruise control, and radio. All of these are operated without the driver needing to remove the hand from the steering wheel.

New as well is the cloth used for the interior with the seats in front having the premium cloth bucket. Power controls for the mirror, windows, and doors are available. Meanwhile the door switches will come with new backlighting. Under the Latitude X trim, automatic temperature control is included as a standard feature.

In addition to having a 4x4 capability that is clearly the top of its segment, the new Patriot shows excellent fuel economy plus various safety features and all placed inside an affordable and fun package.

This was the statement given by the President and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC’s Jeep Brand Mike Manley. Manley added that for the 2011 model year, the new Patriot will have its steering and suspension systems refined with a style for the exterior and improvements on its interior. The result is that this new model is much more appealing to the brand’s many customers, he continued.

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