Jeep India is taking the Indian market quite seriously. They updated the Compass this year and also managed to make the Wrangler a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit. They are working on two new products. There will be a compact SUV that will be the most affordable Jeep and there will be a new 7-seater SUV that will sit above the Compass. Till now, there were rumours that the SUV might be called the Commander. Well, as per the new spy shots, the name has been confirmed as ‘Grand Commander’. In the spy shots, the SUV is not wearing any camouflage which unveils the new SUV from every angle.
From the spy shots, we can see the Grand Commander also gets the Jeep DNA in its design. It has straight lines with upright body panels. The overall design is boxy just like a proper SUV. We have seen this design characteristic in every Jeep SUV.
In the foreign markets, the design of the headlight, front and rear bumper, grille, tail lamps and the alloy wheels depending on the variant that you opt for. So, depending on the variant, the SUV could look a bit different. Although the basic design and shape stay the same.
At the front, we can see that the design is very similar to the Compass Facelift. There Jeep’s 7-slate grille that we have seen on every Jeep SUV. The rectangular LED headlamps are simple but blend well with the front-end design. The lower fog lamps housing is simple with an air dam in the lower half of the bumper.
At the side profile, Jeep has given squared-off wheel arches that are filled with 5-spoke alloy wheels. There is a chrome belt that runs with a window. Depending on the variant, you get the black or silver roof rails. The side profile will remind you of big SUVs like Jeep Cherokee.
The rear will remind you of the Grand Wagoneer that was showcased by Jeep earlier. The slim LED tail lamps spread throughout the width of the SUV. The ‘Grand Commander’ badging is integrated within the non-lit part of the tail lamp. The rear bumper is simple with two chrome exhaust tips, rear reflectors and a silver faux skid plate. There is a high-mounted stop lamp, rear wiper with washer, defogger and a shark-fin antenna.
The Grand Commander is expected to measure 4,895 mm in length, 1,896 mm in width and 1,754 mm in height. For reference, the Jeep Compass measures 4,405 mm in length 1,818 mm in width and 1,640 mm in height. The pictures we see here are two variants of the Commander. One is powered by the conventional internal combustion engine that has a 4×4 badge at the rear while the other one is a plug-in hybrid that gets an ‘e’ badge on the tailgate.
The Indian version of the Grand Commander is expected to be powered by the 2.0-litre MultiJet 2 diesel engine that we have seen on the Compass. However, it will be tuned to produce more than 200 PS of max power and peak torque output will also increase to somewhere around 400 Nm. This will be done because the Grand Commander is a much bigger vehicle than the Compass. The Jeep Grand Commander is expected to launch sometime next year. It will be going against MG Gloster, Isuzu MU-X, Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.