As part of Chrysler's media blitz, Jeep unveiled the facelifted 2011 Patriot.

On sale later this year, the updated model features redesigned bumpers, plastic body cladding, and available 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin receives a new steering wheel, "soft touch" door panel trim, and illuminated switches.

To improve ride quality, engineers installed a new steering system and a retuned suspension with higher spring / damping rates and a larger rear sway bar.

Despite the efforts to make it more civilized, the 2011 Patriot 4x4 boasts additional ground clearance (a 1-inch increase), Hill-Descent Control, 4x4 Lock, and a low-range mode which "generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio."

Check out the press release for additional information

Gallery: 2011 Jeep Patriot facelift revealed

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