As part of Chrysler’s media blitz, Jeep unveiled the facelifted 2011 Patriot. On sale later this year, the updated model features redesigned bumpers, plastic body cladding, and available 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin receives a new steering wheel, “soft touch” door panel trim, and illuminated switches.
To improve ride quality, engineers installed a new steering system and a retuned suspension with higher spring / damping rates and a larger rear sway bar.
Despite the efforts to make it more civilized, the 2011 Patriot 4×4 boasts additional ground clearance (a 1-inch increase), Hill-Descent Control, 4×4 Lock, and a low-range mode which “generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio.”