16. November 2012
Before getting any further in the discussion of the 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition, know this: It is manufactured at the Belvidere Assembly Plant. In Belvidere, Illinois. Illinois, USA.
Just in case some people started thinking that it is built some 7,000 miles away in a non-USA facility. You’d be surprised.
That behind us. . .
The 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition is based on the 2013 Patriot Latitude, and is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations. It is available in Deep Cherry Red crystal clear coat. Bright White clear coat. Or True Blue pearl coat. Clever, eh?
Perhaps one of the most laudable aspects of the Freedom Edition is that Jeep is going to donate $250 for each of them sold. Mike Manley, president and CEO, Jeep Brand, said, “We have created the 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition as a tribute to the brave men and women that have served, while acknowledging the Jeep brand’s renowned military history. We express gratitude to those who have and are serving in the U.S. military, and in their honor we are donating $250 for each Patriot Freedom Edition sold to military charities.”
The Jeep has a starting MSRP of $21,445.
Beyond the red/white/blue color pallet, there are some other design mods to the vehicle. Like 17-in. high-gloss gray painted aluminum wheels with bright lug nuts, a bright lower front fascia, and an “Oscar Mike” (military people will know this means “on the move”) badge on the lower front door.
Another special feature, and one that we’re not entirely taken with, is a “military-inspired star” on the hood. It seems more like a graffiti-inspired star.
In addition to which, there is a black fabric star patch on the vinyl bolsters of the cloth seats. Again, not exactly the sort of execution that has become characteristic of Jeep design of late. No, we don’t mean more sophisticated. Just more well executed.
Still, full points for Jeep making the contributions to the military charities.