Jeep is working on a 7-seater SUV for the Indian market. It is supposed to get launched next year. While the official images of the SUV are not out yet, here, we have renders of the upcoming 7-seater SUV that will be going against the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Isuzu MU-X and the Ford Endeavour.
According to the rumours, the new SUV will be called the Grand Commander. The SUV will have typical Jeep SUV traits that we have seen on other Jeep SUVs. Many design elements would be derived from the Jeep Compass and it will retain its boxy butch SUV look. The images that we see are made by an artist and the final SUV might end up looking entirely different.
Up-front, we can see a similar face to the Compass but with slightly different headlamps that use LED elements in them. It also has LED Daytime Running Lamps mounted in the fog lamp housing. We can see Jeep’s 7-slat grille which is the same one that we have seen on the Compass, Renegade, Cherokee and other Jeep models.
However, being a more premium SUV, the grille is finished in dark chrome instead of black like we have seen on the Compass. It has a different bumper with blacked-out fog lamp housings with LED fog lamps in it. There is also a chrome strip that runs across the LED Daytime Running Lamp.
The side profile is very similar to the Compass. However, the rear doors are larger and the rear overhang is also larger. The rear doors are larger so that it is easier for people to get in and out of the SUV. The rear overhang is longer to accommodate the third-row of seats. The rear quarter window is also larger to ensure that the people sitting in the third-row occupants do not feel claustrophobic.
Other things are similar to the Compass. There is a ‘Grand Commander’ badge on the front door. The wheel arches are squared-off and it gets some new blacked-out alloy wheels. The SUV is finished in Blue with a blacked-out roof and outside rearview mirrors.
Then we come to the rear of the render of the Jeep Grand Commander. It gets an entirely new set of LED tail lamps. The tail lamps are a lot slimmer than the Compass. The piano-black strip that connects both the tail lamps have the ‘Grand Commander’ badging. We can see two reflector strips in the bumper with a black strip in between.
The 7-seater SUV is expected to be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that we have seen on the Jeep Compass. It is also used in other SUVs like MG Hector, MG Hector Plus, Tata Harrier and the Tata Safari.
Having said that Jeep would retune the engine to produce more power and torque figures because the Grand Commander is a bigger vehicle than the Compass. The power outputs from the engine are expected to be around 200 PS while the torque output is expected to be around 400 Nm. The higher variants are also expected to come with a 4×4 drivetrain.