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Jeep(R) Patriot combines packaging and functionality of a sport- utility vehicle (SUV) with the performance, handling, fuel economy (30 mpg) and price of a compact car or small pickup — Classic Jeep styling and affordable price appeals to enthusiasts who have always wanted a Jeep — Standard equipment includes Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti- lock Brakes (ABS) with rough-road detection, Brake Traction Control and Electronic Roll Mitigation — Patriot completes Jeep brand’s expansion from three to seven sport- utility vehicles in just two years

Chrysler Group today announced that the U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for its all-new 2007 Jeep(R) Patriot is $14,985 (including $560 destination). The Jeep Patriot is a classic-styled Jeep that delivers best-in-class capability, 30 miles per gallon (mpg) fuel economy, safety and interior flexibility.

“With Patriot, Jeep continues to expand globally by offering a fun-to- drive, fuel-efficient and affordably priced Jeep vehicle designed to appeal to youthful customers and people with active lifestyles who may have always wanted a Jeep vehicle but, until now, may not have been able to afford one,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President-Global Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Patriot has all the credibility and cachet of the Jeep brand at a very affordable price.”

Jeep Patriot will compete in the compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, which is expected to grow considerably in the next decade, giving the Jeep brand the opportunity to grow with it. Annual compact SUV volume in the United States for the 2005 calendar year was 368,000 units, up from 297,000 units in 2004. The compact SUV segment is expected to almost double to approximately 600,000 units by 2010 and almost triple to more than 814,000 units by 2016.

The 2007 Jeep Patriot Sport and Jeep Patriot Limited models became available in U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2006 and will be available in global volume markets in both left- and right-hand drive starting in the first half of 2007.

Most Capable Vehicle in its Class

Jeep Patriot is available in three drive-train configurations. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive system, Jeep Patriot also is available with Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package.

Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel- drive system is recommended for daily use, including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel- drive Lock mode when navigating deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that makes the 2007 Jeep Patriot a Trail Rated 4×4, creating the most capable vehicle in the crowded compact SUV class.

The Freedom Drive II Off- Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. The available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is recommended for moderate off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and moderate rock or log climbing.

All-new Jeep technology includes the CVT2L’s best-in-class 19.1:1 low ratio, which is ideal for crawling over obstacles. Off-road Brake Traction Control maintains forward mobility during heavy articulation or on split- friction surfaces where one wheel loses traction. Hill-descent Control modulates brake hydraulic pressure without driver intervention, providing downhill assistance at a safe and controlled rate of speed. Three-mode ESP and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS) also add to the Patriot’s inherent off-road capability.

The Trail Rated Jeep Patriot sits 1 inch higher than non-Trail Rated versions and meets Jeep off-road capability requirements for traction, water fording, articulation, maneuverability and ground clearance, including 9 inches of ground clearance, a 29.6-degree approach angle, a 34.2-degree departure angle and a 23.3-degree breakover angle. This version of the Patriot also has additional body sealing and high-mounted drivetrain vents to support 19-inch water fording capability. In fact, the body and chassis of the Jeep Patriot with the Freedom Drive II Off-road Group were developed and tested over numerous rugged off-road terrains to meet the requirements of the enthusiast Jeep customer.

All Jeep Patriot models available in the United States include standard Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode ESP, Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation and anti-lock brakes with rough-road detection.

Expanding the Lineup

Jeep Patriot is the gateway to the Jeep brand globally, priced less than Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Liberty. The newest Jeep vehicle on the market is available in Jeep Patriot Sport and Jeep Patriot Limited models. Both are available in the United States with a 4×2 front-wheel drive system, a Freedom Drive I 4×4 system and a Freedom Drive II Off-road Package.

The Jeep Patriot Sport has a starting U.S. MSRP of $14,985. The U.S. MSRP for the Jeep Patriot Sport with the available Freedom Drive I 4×4 system is $16,735. The U.S. MSRP for the Jeep Patriot Sport equipped with the available Freedom Drive II Off-road Package is $19,175. All prices include $560 destination.

The Jeep Patriot Limited 4×2 model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,985. A Jeep Patriot Limited with the Freedom Drive I 4×4 system has a starting U.S. MSRP of $21,735. The Jeep Patriot Limited equipped with the Freedom Drive II Off-road Package has a starting U.S. MSRP of $23,530. All prices include $560 destination.

Jeep Patriot Sport

With a starting U.S. MSRP of $14,985, the Jeep Patriot Sport is a 4×2 model that includes a standard 172-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine coupled with a five-speed manual transaxle. Other standard equipment includes side- curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Traction Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, Vinyl Tech seats, rear 60/40 fold-flat seat, Ultra Floor vinyl load floor, fold-flat load floor storage, AM/FM single-disc CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack, outdoor temperature display, rear defroster, variable intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt power outlet, manual windows, locks and foldaway mirrors, tilt steering wheel, dome and cargo lights, rear window defroster and a center console sliding armrest that moves forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid features a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player.

The Jeep Patriot also features the latest in car security with the Sentry Key theft-deterrent system. The system prevents the car from running if the lock is picked or an invalid FOB is used. Operation is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked. In the event the original FOB is lost, a FOB key replacement Lexington service should be able to replace it without compromising this system.

On the exterior, the Jeep Patriot Sport features a standard body-color grille and fascias, accent-color bodyside molding, black door handles, accent- color liftgate applique, black side roof rails, 16-inch styled steel wheels and all-season tires.

Optional features on Jeep Patriot Sport include a second-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT2), four-wheel-drive capability, through either Freedom Drive I or the Freedom Drive II Off-road Package (which includes CVT2L with low range, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps, cabin air filtration system and manual seat height adjuster), front-seat-mounted side air bags to supplement standard side-curtain air bags, premium cloth low-back bucket seats with YES Essentials(R) premium seat fabric, air conditioning, engine block heater, AM/FM radio with six-disc CD player and MP3 CD play capability, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, Tire and Wheel Group (which is required with Freedom Drive II and includes 17-inch all- terrain OWL tires and aluminum wheels), Power Equipment Group, (which includes power windows with driver one-touch down feature, power fold-away mirrors, remote keyless entry and speed-sensitive power locks) and a 458-watt nine- speaker Premium Sound Group (which includes six Boston Acoustics speakers with subwoofer and amplifier and two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate.) When the liftgate is open, the speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder World Engine coupled with CVT2 also is available on front-wheel- drive Jeep Patriot Sport models.

An available Special Equipment Group on the Jeep Patriot Sport model includes air conditioning, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, map and dome reading lamps, removable/rechargeable interior cargo lamp, 115-volt auxiliary power outlet and passenger assist handles, a recline features for standard 60/40 rear seats and a Power Equipment Group (which includes power windows with a driver’s one-touch down feature, speed-sensitive power locks, power fold-away exterior mirrors and remote keyless entry). The U.S. MSRP for the Jeep Compass Sport 4×2 with this Special Equipment Group is $17,335. The Jeep Compass Sport 4×4 with this Special Equipment Group has a U.S. MSRP $19,085. Both prices include $560 destination.

Available options with Jeep Patriot Sport models with this Special Equipment Group, beyond those available on the Jeep Patriot Sport model, include a Premium Steering Wheel Group (which includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering-wheel audio controls and speed control), heated cloth seats, fog lamps, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a Popular Equipment Group (which includes a soft tonneau cover, cross bars, automatic-dimming rear-view mirror, Electronic Vehicle Information Center, Universal Garage Door Opener, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and security alarm) and a Trailer Tow Prep Group (which includes engine oil cooler and trailer tow wiring harness).

Jeep Patriot Limited

With a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,985, the standard Jeep Patriot Limited is a 4×2 model that features a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter World Engine coupled with a standard five-speed manual transaxle. An optional CVT2 or an optional CVT2L also are available on the Jeep Patriot Limited. The U.S. MSRP for the Jeep Patriot Limited with the Freedom Drive I is $21,735. The U.S. MSRP for the Jeep Patriot Limited with the Freedom Drive II Off-road Package is $23,530. Both prices include $560 destination.

In addition to the standard equipment on the Jeep Patriot Sport model and the Jeep Sport model with the Special Equipment Group, the Jeep Patriot Limited model features premium leather-trimmed bucket seats, heated front seats, driver’s seat manual lumbar adjuster, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, speed control, soft-tonneau cover, security alarm and roof rack with cross bars.

On the exterior, the Jeep Patriot Limited model has body-color fascias with bright silver appliquà©s, body-color bodyside moldings, fog lamps, 17-inch aluminum wheels and all-season touring tires.

Beyond the options offered on the Jeep Patriot Sport, additional options on the Limited model include a power express open/close sunroof, UConnect Hands-free Communication System, navigation system, removable ash tray and cigar lighter and a Driver Convenience Group (which includes an automatic- dimming rearview mirror, Electronic Vehicle Information Center, Universal Garage Door Opener and Tire Pressure Monitoring System).

Production of the all-new 2007 Jeep Patriot will begin at the Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant in the fourth quarter of 2006. Chrysler Group launched a second production shift at the Belvidere facility in March, which doubled the plant’s production capacity, and began building all-new Jeep Compass models in May of this year. The addition of the second shift raised total employment at the facility from 1,650 to 2,650 employees.

2007 Jeep Patriot Pricing (All prices include $560 destination.)
4×2 Freedom Drive I 4×4 Freedom Drive II 4×4
Jeep Patriot Sport $14,985 $16,735 $19,175
Jeep Patriot Limited $19,985 $21,735 $23,530 $23,530

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