2018 Jeep Patriot: Third Row?

The Jeep Patriot was first introduced back in 2006 as a filler between the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Cherokee, although many people would say that there isn’t really a market to be filled between the two.

The five-door compact crossover shares the same platform as the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber (the GS platform) which in turn is an extended Renegade platform, having said all of that, the spy-shots that we have seen show two different lengths in what is assumed to be the new 2018 Jeep Patriot, so we could yet see another, longer wheelbase platform introduced; could this mean an additional third-row of seating?

We don’t think so; the Patriot is a compact crossover, surely if you wanted or needed the ability to carry more passengers, you’d look further up the model range or even at different brands? An extra third-row of seating is useful on odd occasions, but only where space permits – the Jeep Patriot doesn’t really have that space, even if they introduce a slightly longer version – it’s not like they are adding an extra 15” to the length.

The COMpatriot?

Given that the Patriot shares the same platform as the Compass, it’s entirely possible that the two could merge, becoming the Compatriot, after all, the only real difference between the two is that the Patriot offers a full all-wheel drive system – it would be much more cost-effective to simply rebadge them both and offer either two or four-wheel drive. Is there really any need for a completely separate model designation?

2018 Jeep Patriot Public Testing

The 2018 Jeep Patriot (or at least what is assumed to be the Patriot) has already been testing on the public highways, and keen-eyed photographers have caught it in the flesh. Although it was heavily camouflaged, you can clearly make out some of the details of what we are going to see on the upcoming model.

The overall styling has taken inspiration from the current generation Jeep Cherokee, you can clearly see the Cherokee influence throughout – starting right at the front with the grille and working all the way round to the back where the rear lights seem to be lifted direct from the Cherokee line-up.

We can also see that the Patriot has excellent ground clearance and short overhangs front and rear, this could possibly mean that Jeep are fully intending the little Patriot to still retain a good degree of off-road capability, although some rumors say that Jeep will be concentrating on making the new model slightly better (and more influenced) for the road. We aren’t so sure that those rumors are correct though – why go to the bother of having a small crossover with all-wheel drive as a separate model if it isn’t going to be able to tackle anything anymore challenging than a dusty highway?

Cyclonic?

What’s going to power the little compact crossover Jeep? We believe that Jeep will use the 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder Tigershark engine as standard, although some guesses put that as a 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder. This will be naturally aspirated and develop in the region of 160 BHP, no torque figures have been released, but they won’t be high. The other option is said to be the same engine but with a turbo charger fitted – it will be called the Hurricane or Cyclone if rumors are correct – something meaning some sort of powerful wind (to go with the forced induction at a guess), and should have around 200 BHP, again, we have no torque figures, but a 2.0 liter turbo gas engine doesn’t deliver great lumps of torque – if that’s your thing, you’d be better off looking further up the range.

Or better yet, get something with a V8 in it, because you’re not going to be happy with a little four-cylinder gas engine. Gas mileage is pretty good also – you should get in the region of 30 miles to the gallon on the highway from the non-turbo engine and even the turbo version won’t be too far behind that.

All engines will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission, which helps to reach that 30+ MPG figure. No manual option will be offered – manufacturers need to increase the efficiency of their products across the range – like a global increase in fuel efficiency to work with current (and forthcoming) legislation.

It’s a Bargain

The current 2017 Jeep Patriot is extremely well-priced – starting at $18,040 for the base model. So although Jeep haven’t yet confirmed the pricing for the 2018 Patriot, we doubt that it would get over $20,000 – that would just be pricing themselves out of the market. If we had to put money down, we’d expect the price to be just under $19,000.

As for availability – any time soon really. There were rumors that we would see the 2018 Jeep Patriot in the showrooms as early as January this year. That hasn’t happened (obviously) so our guess is more toward the middle part of the year – June at the earliest.

Whatever the final date that the Patriot hits the showrooms, you can guarantee that there will be some great offers and reductions on current stock – every showroom will want to feature the newer version and to do that, they will happily clear out old stock at rock-bottom prices – the perfect time to pick up a bargain if you really aren’t that bothered about having the very latest model.

All American 2018 Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot is all home-grown and built – the manufacturing facility is based in Illinois and the Patriot is built alongside the Compass at the moment.

Whether Jeep will combine the two models into the Compatriot or keep them separate remains to be seen. In this day and age, combining the two would be the sensible choice, certainly we’d bet that whoever is controlling the finances would prefer it as well.

With finances being tight, all auto manufacturers are having to keep a closer eye on the finances – if they can’t justify the need, the management will soon put a stop to any model not financially viable.

2017-03-30 by Luke Widmeyer