Thursday, February 9

2022 Jeep Commander unveiled. It’s more or less a three-row Compass.

Jeep has taken the wraps off its new (2022) Commander SUV in Brazil. The new Jeep Commander is essentially the seven-seat version of the Compass.

The Commander borrows a lot of design cues from many of Jeep’s larger models sold internationally. The exterior design shows it’s more than just a stretched Compass as Jeep has made efforts to give the larger Commander its own identity.

Flanking the familiar seven-slot grille are redesigned headlights with a flatter design. The LED daytime running lights are integrated with the fog lamps, positioned on the front bumpers. Metallic accents here and there spruce up the SUV’s front fascia. Other design elements include squared wheel arches housing large 19-inch alloy wheels, flat roofline, roof rails, sleek LED tail lights, a chrome strip running across the width of the boot and a rather upright tailgate.

The side profile reveals a significantly larger greenhouse with a bigger quarter glass reflecting the Commander’s increased footprint.

Jeep has put in some effort to make the Commander look different from the Compass, instead of just plonking in a third row.

In Brazil, Jeep has decided to continue with the existing 170hp, 380Nm (30Nm more than the Compass), 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine for the Commander. This engine comes mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and gets a 4×4 system as standard.

While the Brazilian-spec Jeep Commander diesel does not get the speculated mild-hybrid system, the right-hand drive versions of the Commander (Meridian) that will be produced in India is expected to get a mild-hybrid system with more power.

The Commander also gets a 185hp, 270Nm, 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine with flex-fuel tech. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and drives only the front wheels. The same engine does duty in the Compass sold overseas and a few other Stellantis models.

Jeep will introduce the 7-seater SUV in India as well, although the India-spec model will be called ‘Meridian’. The Jeep Meridian is expected to arrive in India sometime in early-2022.

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