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Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition unveiled

by Bill Cawthon on

The new 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition is now available at Jeep dealers in the United States. Created as a tribute to all members of the U.S. armed services, it’s available in red, white or blue with exclusive military-inspired features with a base MSRP of $21,445.

Jeep will donate $250 from each 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition it sells to charities that benefit U.S. Military members.

“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,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley. “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.

“With segment-leading 4×4 capability, fuel economy up to 30 miles per gallon, and a unique inspiring appearance, the Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition is certain to appeal to consumers,” Manley added.

Built in America at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, the Freedom Edition is based on the 2013 Patriot Latitude and is available in two- or four-wheel drive configurations. It features stars on the hood and rear quarter panel inspired by the markings on military Jeeps. Also in the package are 17-inch high-gloss Mineral Gray painted aluminum wheels with bright lug nuts, a bright lower front fascia and an “Oscar Mike” (military jargon for “on the move”) badge on the lower front door.

Standard features on the 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition include the those on the Patriot Latitude plus a sunroof, Security and Cargo Group, all-season floor mats and on 4×4 models the All-weather Capability Group. Unique to the Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition is a Dark Gray “Cubic” cloth interior with vinyl bolsters and silver accent stitching and a black fabric “star” logo patch on the front seats.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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