Jeep Commander review

Jeep Commander review
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Jeep Commander means different things to different people. For Americans, it's the midsize SUV (codenamed XK) that was offered until 2010, while Europeans and other folks know the same version by its internal designation XH and its V6 diesel engine. In China, it's the name of a pair of SUVs (Commander/Grand Commander) launched in 2018 as a follow-up to the Yuntu concept.

Fast forward to August 2021, and there's a new Commander in town. It's intended for Latin America and is essentially a seven-seat version of the recently updated 2022 Compass. After a long teaser campaign, the Brazilian version was finally unveiled by Jeep's parent company Stellantis, and we're looking at the best Overland version.

The exterior design shows that this is more than just an extended Compass, as Jeep has made an effort to give the larger Commander its own identity. The familiar seven-slot grille is flanked by redesigned headlights with a flatter design. These are complemented by an LED light bar that acts as a daytime running light on the new bumper, where it sits just above the fog lights. Metallic accents here and there adorn the front of the SUV.

The side profile reveals a significantly larger greenhouse with a larger glass quarter panel that reflects the Commander's larger footprint. The metal strip that runs down the side of the vehicle before dropping to the rear pillar makes it look a lot like what the 2022 Grand Cherokee will have with two rows, as evidenced by our latest spy shots.

At the rear, the changes from the Compass are significant, as the Commander gets thinner taillights mounted higher up. The tailgate appears to be significantly larger and hides the door handle as opposed to sticking out from under the license plate like it does in the smaller SUV. The "TD" and "4x4" badges suggest we're dealing with a vehicle with a turbodiesel engine that sends power to both axles.

The interior will look familiar if you're already familiar with the Compass 2022, while specs have yet to be revealed by Jeep. Our colleagues at Brazil say the 2.0-liter engine will produce around 200 horsepower via a nine-speed automatic transmission. In addition, a newly developed turbocharged 1.3-liter flex-fuel-compatible gasoline engine will deliver 185 horsepower and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque via a six-speed automatic transmission and optional 4x4 engine.

Jeep has unveiled the new (2022) Commander SUV in Brazil.

The new Jeep Commander is the brand's newest seven-seat SUV and will be built at the brand's factory in Brazil. It will be positioned above the brand's Compass product.

The three-seat SUV measures 4,769 mm in length, 1,859 mm in width and 1,682 mm in height. The SUV has a wheelbase of 2,794 mm.

The Commander borrows many design elements from many of Jeep's larger models sold internationally. The new Jeep Commander features the brand's distinctive front grille, which is flanked on both sides by stylish LED headlamps. The LED daytime running lights are integrated with the front bumper-mounted fog lamps.

Other design elements include square wheel arches to accommodate large 19-inch alloy wheels, a flat roofline, roof rails, stylish LED taillights, a chrome stripe running the width of the boot and an upright tailgate.

Inside, the new Jeep Commander resembles the Compass. It's equipped with many premium features and technology, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a fully digital instrument panel, a panoramic sunroof, premium leather and suede interior appointments throughout, wireless charging and more.

The 2022 Jeep Commander will be offered in two trims - Limited and Overland. Both variants are available with two engine options, including a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 185 BHP/270 Nm, and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 178 BHP/380 Nm.

The petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that drives the front wheels only. The diesel engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with a standard 4x4 system.

Jeep will also introduce the 7-seater SUV in India, but the Indian model will be called "Meridian". Jeep Meridian is expected to come to India in early 2022.

Prices of the Jeep Commander in Brazil start from BRL 199,990 (approximately Rs 28.22 lakh) and go up to BRL 279,990 (approximately Rs 39.5 lakh).

Jeep Commander review

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