Jeep is working on an all-new seven-seater SUV. Earlier rumoured to be called as Jeep Patriot, the all-new SUV will be known as the Commander. The all-new Jeep Commander will be revealed and launched by the middle of 2021.
The Commander name is already used by a seven-seater SUV that remains exclusive to the Chinese market. The name was revealed when Jeep released an official teaser video of the vehicle in the global market. The letters “ER” are clearly visible on the car. However, there is no official confirmation from Jeep regarding the name of the upcoming SUV.
Jeep has already started testing the vehicle in different regions. The upcoming 7-seater has already been spied testing in Brazil and even in India. While not has been revealed yet, the upcoming Jeep will have all the modern-day design highlights of a Jeep.
The spy pictures reveal a few highlights of the upcoming vehicle. The SUV will have a 7-slat grille just like any other Jeep. It also gets sharp-looking LED headlamps and a swooping down roofline that really makes it look sporty. The rear of the vehicle is also designed sportily.
The cabin of the upcoming vehicle has not been spotted yet. Since it is a seven-seater vehicle, there will be a three-row seating option. It is likely to get a dashboard that looks similar to the Jeep Compass but more upmarket. Expect the use of soft-touch materials extensively in the car.
Other modern-day features like a large infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, panoramic sunroof, 7 airbags, hill-hold function, traction control system, and more such features will be available with the vehicle.
Same engine options as the Jeep Compass
The upcoming Jeep Commander will offer both petrol and diesel engine options. Just like the Compass, the diesel variants will get powered by the 2.0-litre diesel engine. However, it is expected to be more powerful with a twin turbocharger. The diesel engine of the Compass produces a maximum power of 173 PS and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The Commander will have close to 200 Bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. It will be paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission, while there should be an option of a manual transmission too.
Just like all the present Jeep models, the Commander will get a 4X4 system. However, we are not sure if it will get a low ratio transfer case that will make it even more capable. Most likely, the most capable Trailhawk-rated version will get the low-ratio transfer case just like the Compass Trailhawk.
Other off-road assist features like multiple terrain modes, switchable diff locks and more will be available with the upcoming vehicle. The Commander will take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster and Ford Endeavour in the Indian market.
Recently, Jeep launched the made-in-India Wrangler with a massive reduction in price. The American automobile giant is likely to assemble and manufacture more models in its Ranjangaon plant in the future.