With the introduction of the all-new Compass, Jeep got rid of the Patriot nameplate, but not for long. Judging by the latest reports, the car manufacturer will bring back the vehicle pretty soon, most likely before the end of the next year. How come? Well, the 2019 Jeep Patriot will reportedly introduce a completely new course for the manufacturer. Believe it or not, the crossover will host a hybrid, or even a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while up to 2020 Jeep could bring its first electric Patriot.
2019 Jeep Patriot: Design and Platform Info
Why Patriot? Why not? The name is familiar and was popular, and as such will leave a stronger impression of something completely new. The carmaker will keep the SUV in the same compact class. However, we are not so sure will the 2019 Jeep Patriot use the same architecture as the current Compass. As far as we know, the stretched version of Renegade’s underpinnings can’t accommodate a plug-in hybrid at the moment, so there might be certain updates.
Styling-wise, the 2019 Patriot will not look like the predecessor at all. Moreover, it’s should not have anything in common with the new Compass neither. No, the all-new hybrid high-riding vehicle will get a totally new design, which should feature dynamic and aggressive lines in order to additionally boost the efficiency. Of course, the front end will probably host a seven-slot grille, which is a trademark of every Jeep vehicle. Plus, the potential buyers can expect the latest version of Uconnect infotainment system.
The biggest mystery of the new Patriot is what’s going to power the SUV. Jeep could borrow the powertrain from Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan, but that seems like too much of everything for the compact bodywork of the future Patriot hybrid. Plus, the manufacturer plans to add the system to the all-new Yuntu SUV. Still, they might try to pair a smaller engine with Pacifica’s two-motor system. The motors are going to get power from 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which will reportedly enable at least 35 miles of all-electric driving range.
The car manufacturer has not released any information regarding the rumored SUV, so we can rely on the aforementioned speculations at the moment. Speaking of which, the latest rumor mill suggests that the 2019 Jeep Patriot plug-in hybrid should cost around $30,000, or even less. Still, we will see whether any of this is true.