Jeep has officially revealed the much-awaited Commander, which will be launched as the Meridian in the Indian market next year. Jeep will start selling the Commander in the Brazilian market later this year. The launch in India will happen in the middle of 2022.
Jeep has officially revealed the Commander after multiple spotting of the vehicle during its testing. Even though the Commander is based on the Jeep Compass, the official pictures show differences between both the models.
Jeep will use the Goiana, Brazil facility to manufacture the left-hand driven Jeep Commander, while the Indian plant located in Ranjangaon will be utilised to manufacture the right-hand-drive versions of the SUV. Jeep will also export the vehicles to the global markets from India and Brazil.
The Commander looks familiar to the Compass with design inspiration from the Jeep Cherokee L. However, there are design changes that make the three-row SUV different from the five-seater Compass. The grille of the Commander looks similar to the Cherokee with a swept-back grille design.
Even the headlamps, which get a full-LED set-up look similar to the all-new Grand Cherokee. The bumper is all-new in the Commander and it gets a large faux vent with integrated LED DRL and fog lamps.
The Commander is also bigger than the Compass in size. It measures 4,769mm in length, 1,859mm in width and 1,682mm in height. Dimension-wise, the Commander is 364mm longer, 41mm wider and 42mm higher than the Compass. The wheelbase of the Commander is 158mm longer than the Compass.
Cabin similar to Compass
The cabin, however, looks very similar to the Jeep Compass. There are a few changes as well to make it look more premium. The changes including new metal inserts and upholstery too. To add a premium feel, the suede fabric is used on the dashboard and door panels.
The seats also look similar to the Jeep Compass but the upholstery is new. The Commander gets brown leather seats with suede detailing. Jeep has added the ‘Jeep 1941’ branding in the front centre armrest. The vehicle gets gold accents on the centre console as well.
Just like the Compass, the Commander gets a 10.25-inch infotainment system. The system will come with all the modern connectivity options like wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets Alexa virtual assistant.
The driver and co-driver seats are electrically adjustable and it gets seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking system, lane keep assist and more.
Jeep has powered the Brazilian-spec Jeep Compass with the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 170 PS and peak torque of 380 Nm. The power is similar to the engine of the Jeep Compass but the torque is 30 Nm more. The Commander gets a 9-speed automatic transmission and a 4X4 system as well. The Indian spec model is likely to get the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine as well.