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Jeep To Launch ‘Economical’ Patriot And Compass Rallye In UK

Available April/July 2007

Jeep
will launch two new compact four-wheel drive vehicles in the UK in 2007
that will offer owners fuel economy figures in excess of 43mpg for the
first time.

The Jeep Patriot and Jeep
Compass Rallye are compact 4x4s designed to deliver a package of
performance and fuel economy, with styling and price aimed to appeal to
a new class of Jeep buyers.

Both
vehicles are car-based four-wheel drive vehicles that are designed to
reach younger customers who may not have previously considered the
brand.

The new Jeep Patriot has classic
Jeep looks, a roomy interior, a choice of diesel and petrol engines
described as ‘fuel efficient’, and an all-new 4WD system in a package
the size of a Ford Focus.

‘Freedom Drive
I’ is a full-time, active four-wheel drive system that offers better
grip in every day driving conditions such as wet and icy tarmac, as
well as good off-road ability. The Patriot will be the new entry-level
model for Jeep.

The Jeep Compass Rallye
is a rather odd-looking creation, being a 4×4 with a very questionable
body kit that can’t do much for its ground clearance. Jeep say that
they will only be offering the Compass Rallye in limited numbers at
launch, and we say that is probably a good thing (Jeep forecast that
ten times as many Patriots will be sold in the UK compared to Compass
Rallye).

The Compass Rallye and Patriot
are both based on the Dodge Caliber hatchback platform, and both Jeeps
will offer a 2.4-litre petrol and a VW-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine.

The
vast majority of Jeeps sold in the last few years have been diesel
powered. The 2.0-litre diesel in the new cars will deliver a combined
fuel cycle economy of 43.5mpg.

The Jeep
Compass Rallye will launch in the UK in April 2007, and the Jeep
Patriot launches in July 2007. Prices are to be confirmed.