Chrysler stops offering CVTs for 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot

Article by Anita Panait, on January 14, 2013

Chrysler Group will no longer offer continuously variable transmissions for its re-engineered 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot compact crossovers, as part of the carmaker’s mid-cycle changes for the two vehicle models. Chrysler will instead install a new six-speed automatic gearbox in the crossovers. The Compass and Patriot have used CVTs since they were introduced in 2006.

According to Jeep engineers, the new six-speed automatic is quieter and enhances acceleration as well as highway fuel economy. Mike Manley, head of the Jeep brand, remarked that they are going to address the final customer points on the vehicles, which focus on the transmission.

The crossover will also sport styling changes in their exterior, but will be limited to new headlights and taillights and more chrome trim. For the interior, the crossovers will be available with new optional leather seats made of the same materials as the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The interior color schemes will employ more earth tones. There will be lower noise level in the vehicle’s cabin thanks to sound deadening efforts and the transmission change. The Compass and Patriot will also be fitted with back-up camera systems as well as seat-mounted side airbags. The 2014 Compass and Patriot will go on sale this summer and are scheduled to be replaced by a single model in 2015.

In developing the 2014 Patriot, the goal was to have a vehicle that would be able to attract customers who want to have a compact SUV that came with the Jeep styling. In addition, this was a vehicle that could offer the best off-road capability for its class while remaining to be affordable. There is no question that the 2014 Patriot is clearly a Jeep. Customers will also be able to be in a vehicle whose 4x4 capability is the best in the segment along with having exceptional fuel efficiency. All of this is wrapped inside an exterior with a rugged style and clever features in the interior.

The features fitted in the 2014 Jeep Patriot as standard are able to deliver convenience and value not only for the drivers but even for passengers. Examples of these features include the electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, and the side air bags mounted on the front seat.

It also comes with the fog lamps, sunscreen glass, illuminated cup holders, outside temperature display, and the rechargeable/removable flashlight. Added safety systems include the anti-lock brakes and Hill-start Assist. The 2014 Patriot also allows for the rear seat to have a 60/40 fold with the rear window having a wiper and defrost feature.

Cruise control is offered while tilt steering column and a mirror with sliding visors are also included. President and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC’s Jeep Brand Mike Manley said that the Patriot has the iconic design Jeep is known for paired with 4x4 capability that is truly the best in the segment. The addition of a new automatic six-speed transmission for this model allows the Patriot to have exceptional off-road capability with better on-road driving dynamics, he added.

Manley continued by saying that this model is the best-priced SUV in the U.S. Indeed, it is because of the new automatic transmission that the 2014 Patriot is able to deliver that expected on-road performance.

This latest generation remains to have the best capability Jeep is known for no matter what the weather may be. With at least 30 security and safety features, the 2014 Patriot offers fuel economy of 30 mpg. The brand is expected to have a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of $15,995 for the U.S. market.

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