Jeep has announced some exclusive new changes to its diesel-powered Patriot medium-sized SUV, which includes all-new powerful engine unit, improved fuel economy, greater torque and enhanced trim levels.

The new diesel plant is a 2.2-liters CRD with 163 horsepower engineered by Mercedes-Benz. It boasts an advanced common-rail technology with a turbocharged inline-4 diesel and offers a significantly wider spread of torque available from lower RPM in comparison with the current 2.0 Volkswagen diesel engine. It also offers increased power output (+ 23bhp) and torque (+10Nm) combined with greater fuel efficiency to 42.8 mpg (combined). The zero to 100 km/h has been also shortened to 10.7 seconds.

The new Sport trim now features enhancements like: body colored door handles, Hill Start Assist, leather wrapped hand brake and ‘active' head restraints (front row).

In the Sport+ trim, the newly added improvements include: cruise control, deep-tint sunscreen glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, uconnect phone (Bluetooth® handsfree communication and Voice Command) and rear view auto-dimming mirror with integrated microphone.

2011 Jeep Patriot Limited models add Hill Start Assist, leather wrapped hand brake, ‘active' head restraints (front row) and a 6-way power driver seat, while the Overland version also has new list of hi-tech extras and luxury features, including 18-inch aluminum wheels, premium leather trimmed seats with embroidered ‘Overland' logo, additional front seat side airbags, rear park assist, tyre pressure monitoring display and chrome finish door sill scuff plates.

In UK, the Patriot range starts at 14,995 GBP for the 2.4 Sport petrol, rising to 21,995 GBP for the enhanced 2.2 CRD Overland.

Jeep Patriot CRD (2011) - picture 1 of 2
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The new diesel powered Patriot will be available in the following versions:

  • 2.2 CRD Sport
  • 2.2 CRD Sport +
  • 2.2 CRD Limited
  • 2.2 CRD Overland