Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 25, 2008 - Making its debut at the 2008 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, the Jeep® Patriot Back Country concept vehicle combines the fun, freedom and fuel efficiency of the Jeep Patriot with the active lifestyle of the Jeep customer to create a vehicle that exudes a fresh, youthful appeal.
Created from the newest Jeep Patriot Limited model, the Jeep Patriot Back Country concept features a redesigned interior, authentic Jeep accessories by Mopar® and a blend of unique materials.
“The Jeep Patriot Back Country concept was inspired by the outdoor enthusiast seeking adventure, fun and freedom,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “Using a variety of materials typically associated with active lifestyles and a distinct color combination, the ultimate Jeep Patriot stands out in the great outdoors.”
The compact SUV is outfitted with a variety of Mopar accessories, including a Roof Top Cargo Basket ideal for hauling camping equipment or outdoor gear. Off-road Lights accent the front of the cargo basket and are perfect for nighttime excursions or setting up camp. Mopar Deluxe Splash Guards complement the vehicle’s off-road capability.
At the side, the blackened B-pillar creates the look of a lengthened profile. The driver and front passenger doors feature a “BACK COUNTRY EDITION” badge affixed at the front quarter panel. Body-color door handles complete the look. At the rear, a platinum chrome light bar illuminates the license plate.
Equipped with 18-inch wheels and tires, the concept’s two-box design is built for maximum cargo volume, rugged driving conditions and excellent utility.
The rear cargo floor is made of rubber and is perfect for carrying muddy shoes or dirty, dusty gear.
The Jeep Patriot Back Country concept is built around the redesigned interior and refined ride quality featured in the newest Jeep Patriot and Compass production models. The fresh interior includes all-new redesigned instrument panels, center consoles and door trim panels, while added insulation and tuning improvements further reduce noise in the interior. With their already high levels of safety, utility and 4x4 capability, the Patriot and Compass continue to advance the Jeep brand by providing customers with outstanding value.
The Jeep brand led Chrysler LLC sales outside North America through mid-year 2008 and accounted for 39 percent of total Chrysler International sales. Jeep brand sales have been fueled by strong demand for new models, such as the extremely capable Jeep Wrangler and the fuel-efficient Compass.
The Jeep portfolio includes seven model lines outside North America, all of which offer right-hand drive and petrol and diesel powertrain options. Jeep models available are: the new Cherokee, Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Jeep also offers the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.