The restyled Grand Cherokee is not the only new Jeep-branded novelty that will show up at the upcoming 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 14-27), it will be joined by the new face-lifted versions of the Compass and the Patriot, which have also been classified as Model Year 2014. Both cars are getting closer and closer to end of their respective life cycles (in 2014 at the latest) which explains why they underwent just a mild cosmetic upgrade. However, the Jeep guys have provided both models with a new gearbox as well, namely a PowerTech six-speed automatic transmission, with a particularly long 6th gear that should improve fuel consumption.
The new transmission will be part of the standard equipment of the ‘Latitude’ and ‘Limited’ variants and will be offered as an optional for the ‘Sport’. Engine range is made of a 2.0 and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder units, credited with an output of 190 hp (with 160 Nm of torque) and 224 hp (and 174 Nm) respecitvely. As for the the stylistic upgrades, the Jeep Compass comes with a new grille with chrome edges, slightly different headlights, wing side mirrors painted in body color and new 18-inch alloy wheels. Other highlights include the rear view camera and new Saddle Brown leather upholstery.
The Jeep Patriot instead remains virtually unchanged and therefore will still be offered in ‘Sport’, ‘Latitude’ and ‘Limited’ trims, front- and all-wheel drive or full. Jeep is known for paying attention to both active and passive safety, and that’s why these two cars wil be equipped with more than 30 support systems that make the Patriot one of the safer AWD models out there. Plus, it is not that expensive either: in North America the entry level variant is priced at $ 15,995. Both models will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.