Jeep is working on a 7-seater version of the Compass. It is called the Commander in the international market. The same SUV will also be coming to India in its right-hand-drive configuration. It will be called Meridian in the Indian market and will be placed above the Compass. The Commander will be globally unveiled on 26th August whereas the Meridian will launch in India by June of 2022. Jeep has launched a teaser in which the Commander has been unveiled.
In the video, we can see various angles of the Commander. We also get a good look at the interior of the SUV. The design is very similar to the Compass but Jeep has worked on various bits to make sure that the Commander stands out of the crowd.
Up-front we get a similar-looking headlamp cluster but it has a chrome kink with it. This helps in differentiating the SUV. The grille is the same as other Jeep SUVs. So, it is a 7-slat grille, we get the same grille on the Compass. The LED Daytime Running Lamps will be placed above the fog lamps that also use LEDs.
The bumper has been reworked and is sleeker than the Compass’s bumper. This makes the SUV look more premium as oppose to off-roady and rugged. At the side profile, there are boxy wheel arches finished in silver while the SUV itself looks like it is coloured in creamy white. All the pillars are finished in black, this gives a floating roof effect to the SUV. At the rear, there are slim LED tail lamps and a couple of reflectors. The overall design of the SUV looks boxier than the Compass.
We also get a glimpse at the interior of the Meridian. It gets a black interior with a wooden insert in the dashboard. It also gets a copper accent around the wooden insert. We can see that it gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a lot of buttons. The left ones are there to control the digital instrument cluster while the buttons on the right are there to control the cruise control.
The upholstery is finished in brown and the centre console gets “Jeep 1941” embossed. The upholstery also gets Stichting and it will also use soft-touch materials that should make the interior feel more up-market and premium than the Compass. It is expected to come with the new generation of the touchscreen infotainment system that will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The SUV is also expected to come with ADAS or Advanced Driver Aid System. Jeep might offer the SUV with a 6-seater and a 7-seater layout. Other features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button to start/stop etc.
The Meridian or Commander will come with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that we have seen on the Compass. However, it will be retuned to produce 200 bhp of max power because the Meridian is a larger vehicle than the Compass. The higher variants will also come with a 4×4 system.