Presented seven-seat crossover Jeep Commander
Not so long ago, the Commander name belonged to a large frame SUV, but this project was not very successful. But now in the global range of the Jeep brand there are two Commanders at once. The first Jeep Commander, factory code K8, appeared back in 2018, a large Cherokee-based crossover built specifically for China and produced by the GAC-FCA joint venture. And the second one has now debuted in distant Brazil.
Despite sharing the same name, these Commanders aren’t even related. The new crossover with the internal code H6 was created by the Brazilian division of the Stellantis alliance. And this is the first locally developed Jeep, although the engineering department has already got its hands on building Fiat cars. The Brazilian Commander is based on the Jeep Compass compact crossover and shares the same transverse engined FCA Small Wide platform.
However, the new Commander is noticeably larger than the Compass, it has a different appearance and original exterior body panels, and a third row of seats is installed in the cabin. The wheelbase is stretched by 158 mm (up to 2794 mm), the total length has increased immediately by 365 mm (up to 4769 mm). The Commander is also 40mm wider (1859mm) and 54mm taller (1682mm) than the donor. However, the Chinese namesake is even larger.
The new Brazilian Commander is 96 kg heavier than the Compass: the basic version in running order pulls 1685 kg. There will be no frankly simple configurations, in the original range there are only rich versions of Limited and Overland. All lighting equipment is diode, there are wheels with a diameter of 18 or 19 inches to choose from, and the declared ground clearance is from 208 to 212 mm, depending on the version.
The front of the cabin is the same as the updated Compass. Standard equipment includes virtual instruments (10.25-inch screen) and a 10.1-inch media system tablet protruding from the top, as well as leather upholstery and seven airbags. The triple second row of seats is divided in a ratio of 40:60, and the third is designed for two passengers, and each row has USB sockets for charging gadgets.
The luggage compartment behind the backs of the third row is designed for 233 liters. But if you fold the “gallery", the trunk holds 661 liters compared to 476 liters for the Compass. And with the second row folded down, the volume of the compartment reaches 1760 liters. An electric tailgate is standard, as are adaptive cruise control and automatic braking.
In terms of power units, the Commander is unified with the Brazilian-made Compass. The basic bundle is a 1.3 petrol turbo engine (185 hp, 270 Nm) with a six-speed “automatic” and front-wheel drive, to increase patency there is only an electronic imitation of a differential lock. An alternative is a 2.0 turbodiesel (170 hp, 380 Nm) with a nine-speed automatic (first gear plays the role of a downshift) and all-wheel drive with a clutch on the rear axle.
The Jeep Commander was launched in Goian, Brazil, on the same assembly line as the Compass and Renegade models. The start of sales is scheduled for October, prices – from 38 thousand dollars. Export is planned only to Latin American countries. But in 2022, a version of the Brazilian Commander will be produced in India, and under a different name. According to preliminary reports, the Indian Jeep Meridian will have a turbodiesel with a starter-generator and a slightly different decor. But in the US or Europe, such a crossover can still not be expected.