In 2011, Jeep is turning 70 years old, which means that we’re going to be seeing a year-long celebration from these guys consisting of parties, promotions, and special edition vehicles.
Well, it didn’t take long for them to cross one off of their list. At the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep rolled out five special edition models for the Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, and Wrangler SUVs. Despite the special edition labels attached to them, the five anniversary models don’t come with a lot of exterior and performance upgrades with Jeep focusing instead on the SUVs’ interior. Not that we’re complaining or anything because those interior upgrades look mighty nice as far as we’re concerned.
The cheapest option of the five models will be the Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition, which has been priced at $22,870. It’s a far cry from the line-up topping Grand Cherokee, which comes at $36,495, but if anyone is looking for a special edition 70th Anniversary Jeep that comes at an affordable price, the Patriot version is the best option available.
Details for the Jeep Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition can be found after the jump.
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Like we said, Jeep spared little effort in upgrading the exterior of the Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition, preferring only to add a 70th Anniversary badge and putting in a set of 17” aluminum wheels. Since it’s a 2011 model, expect the Patriot to come with re-designed front and rear fascias, and a body-color grille compared to its predecessors. So at least, we have that working for us. Over in the interior is where Jeep blows its lid with a bevy of additions, including Dark slate seats with perforated leather inserts embossed with the Jeep logo and chestnut accent stitching and piping. There are also Berber floor mats and cargo area with chestnut binding, a unique dark green cluster overlay, a Chestnut stitching in steering wheel, and a 70th Anniversary logo on radio screen.
No performance upgrades on this one so expect the Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition to come with the stock 2.0-Liter I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT engine that produces 158 horsepower and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition will be priced at $22,870, making it the cheapest of the five 70th Anniversary models Jeep unveiled.
As Jeep’s entry-level SUV, the Patriot’s competition lies in the compact SUV segment. Among the models that prowl in that same market include the Subaru Forester and the Toyota Rav-4.
Both the Forester and the Rav-4 have slightly more powerful engine options than the Patriot. The Forester comes with a 2,498 cc engine that produces 170 horsepower and 174 lb/ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. Meanwhile, the Rav-4 boasts of a sparkling 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 172 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 RPM.
The numbers might lean towards its rivals, but the Jeep Patriot 70th Anniversary Edition certainly has the leg-up when it comes to uniqueness.
Interior upgrades look sharp
Cheapest of all the Jeep SE models
SE version of the newly face-lifted Patriot
Stiff competition, even for an SE
If you have money, you might as well get the higher range models
Would’ve been better if there was a performance bump