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New engine revitalises Chrysler's Jeep Patriot

Chrysler's Patriot compact SUV is now available with a new 2.2-litre diesel engine.

The unit, sourced from Mercedes-Benz, replaces the Patriot's 2.0-litre VW diesel engine. Jeep Patriot 2010 gets new 2.2-litre diesel from Mercedes

Chrysler said it means power improved by 23bhp and torque by 10Nm, while combined cycle fuel efficiency improves to 42.8mpg.

A reduction in CO2 emissions puts the vehicle in VED band H.

The more powerful engine increases the vehicle’s maximum speed from 117mph to 125mph and reduces the 0-62mph acceleration time to 10.7 seconds, but it also cements Jeep Patriot’s position as a serious towing vehicle, elevating its maximum towing weight from 1,500 kg to 2,000 kg (braked trailer).

The new diesel powered Patriot will be available as 2.2 CRD Sport, 2.2 CRD Sport +, 2.2 CRD Limited and 2.2 CRD Overland.

Sport trim now offers improvements such as body coloured door handles, Hill Start Assist, leather wrapped hand brake and ‘active’ head restraints (front row).

Sport + versions now offer cruise control, deep-tint sunscreen glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, uconnect phone (Bluetooth® handsfree communication and Voice Command) and rear view auto-dimming mirror with integrated microphone.

Limited models add Hill Start Assist, leather wrapped hand brake, ‘active’ head restraints (front row) and a 6-way power driver seat, while the Overland version also gets a raft of high tech and luxury features including 18-inch aluminium wheels, premium leather trimmed seats with embroidered ‘Overland’ logo, additional front seat side airbags, rear park assist, tyre pressure monitoring display and chrome finish door sill scuff plates.

The new Jeep Patriot range starts at £14,995 OTR for the 2.4 Sport petrol, rising to £21,995 OTR for the 2.2 CRD Overland.

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