It's no secret that the Jeep Patriot has received a mild refresh for the 2011 model year, but it seems European-spec models will receive one additional detail not part of the North American makeover: a new turbo-diesel I-4 offering.
No, the Patriot was offered with a turbo-diesel I-4 in the past, but Chrysler's switched to a completely new engine design. Instead of the previous Volkswagen-sourced 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, Euro-spec Patriots are now powered by a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel I-4 designed and built by Mercedes-Benz. Rated at 163 horsepower, Chrysler believes the engine will allow the diesel-powered Patriot to achieve greater fuel economy and produce fewer emissions.
In Europe, the updated Patriot will come in four trim levels; Sport, Sport+, Limited and Overland, each with increasing levels of luxury equipment. All four models will have an increased top speed of 125 mph with the Mercedes engine, compared to 117 mph with the Volkswagen mill. Also improved is the Patriot’s 0-60 mph time, which now clocks in at a relatively pedestrian 10.7 seconds.
Jeep hasn’t announced a diesel version of the Patriot for the U.S. market, and quite frankly, we don't expect them to in the near future. Other technologies, including Fiat's range of small-displacement MultiAir engines, would seem to potentially be a better fit for the Patriot, or its forthcoming successor. Further, the Mercedes-Benz 2.2-liter CRD is not currently offered in the U.S., so it would probably need to make its way into other models to justify the expense of federalization. Until then, only the Europeans will be able to enjoy a Patriot rated at a combined 42.8 mpg in the European test cycle.