Here is my opinion so far,,,and I state it as an opinion since we have not see,sat in,driven,taken offroad,or even farted next to a patriot yet-(lol)
Patriot -rock climbing 4 wheeling offroad beast-no
capable 4 wheel drive---we'll see,but it has a good company to base off of
My 2000 xj-rock climbing 4 wheel offroad beast-no
capable 4 wheel drive--very
Bone stock very few vehicles are truely off road monster,but alot are capable.Jeep isn't aiming for offroad excellence,they are claiming they built the most capable "in class"(key words) 4 wheel drive.And remember this is a entry level vehicle (not a $30,000 rubicon) aimed at the weekend warrior and those on a budget.
I won't comment (and can't see how anyone else can) about it's ability until I drive one,on and off road.No this isn't a wrangler (which is the only true jeep people say
)but it is a jeep vehicle.Let's face it if Jeep kept building the same thing every year why would people keep buying them,the market strives for change.
And I hate to say it but my Jeep came stock with 225/75/15 tires,no lift,and no disco's.It was capable on trails,but only in moderation.On the contrast my fathers old 1998 Amigo,had 4 wheel drive,245/70/16 at tires,rear locker and 4.88 gears with a 4 cylinder (124 hp I belive at 3600 lbs curb weight) 5 speed and that witch would crawl through a river to climb a mountain without breaking a sweat,,,so offroad capability is classified differently in everyones eyes.