Though the Patriot and Compass will be replaced for the 2015 model year, that isn’t stopping Jeep from giving its entry-level crossover duo a handful of updates for their final year on the market.
The big news for the 2014 Patriot and Compass is the addition of an optional six-speed automatic in place of the much-maligned continuously variable transmission. Jeep says that the PowerTech-sourced six-cog unit boasts closely-spaced ratios for smooth shifting in addition to a tall sixth gear for efficient freeway cruising.
Fuel economy ratings have yet to be released, but Jeep says that the new gearbox will help the crossovers hit over 30 mpg on the highway – previously, they topped out at the 30 mpg.
The six-speed will be available on Compass and Patriot models with front-wheel-drive and the optional Freedom Drive I four-wheel-drive setup, but Freedom Drive II-equipped models will have to make due with the old CVT. The CUVs’ five-speed manual carries over unchanged, as do the 158-horsepower 2.0-liter and 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder motors.
Other changes for the new model year include a number of minor exterior tweaks for the Compass, including plated upper grille trim and “mold-in-color Billet Silver grille texture,” painted mirror caps, taillamps with a new “smoked” inner bezel and new available 18-inch aluminum wheels on Limited models. Things have also been updated inside the Compass, with new vinyl-wrapped armrests and center console lid and satin chrome finish on the center bezel, shifter bezel and pull cups.
Several new upholstery options have also been added, including Saddle Brown perforated leather seating with accent stitching and a sport mesh and vinyl seat on the Latitude trim level.
On the safety front, front-seat mounted airbags are newly standard on both crossovers, and a rearview camera has been added to the options list.
The 2014 Compass and Patriot will hit the market in the second quarter of 2013.
Source - leftlanenews.com
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