Jeep Commander gets two engine options overseas; India launch by mid-2022
Jeep has finally revealed the Commander three-row SUV, internally known as Jeep Low-D, which will be sold in India as the Jeep Meridian. The model will first go on sale in Brazil, followed by an India launch sometime in mid-2022.
Styling inspired by larger SUVs from Jeep’s portfolio
Gets more features than Compass
Will come to India with a 2.0-litre diesel engine
Jeep Commander (Meridian): what's new?
The Commander has been spied testingin India and Brazil many times in the last year. Official images confirm that the three-row Jeep Commander gets quite a few unique bits to differentiate itself from the two-row Compass SUV on which it is based on. The Commander will be produced at the Jeep plant in Goiana, Brazil, that also builds the Compass, Renegade and the Fiat Toro - all these SUVs share the same platform as the Commander. Right-hand drive versions will be built at the Ranjangaon plant in India, that also builds the Compass, and exported globally.
Jeep Commander (Meridian): what’s different from Compass?
At first glance, the Commander does look like a longer Compass, but a closer look shows the difference in design details. The Commander actually shares quite a bit of its styling with the larger Grand Cherokee L. Some design details that link back to the Compass include the front grille with the top section folded backwards, and the familiar chrome detailing along the upper edges of the windows. The rectangular full-LED headlamp and slim tail-lamps are designs seen on Jeep’s new-generation Grand Cherokee, with the window-line also similar to newer Jeep models. Upfront, the bumper design too is unique to the Commander, with large faux vents featuring LED Daytime Running Lamps and fog lamps, with a chrome strip running across the fascia.
As far as dimensions go, the Commander is 4,769mm long, 1,859mm wide and 1,682mm high, which makes it 364mm longer, 41mm wider and 42mm higher than the Compass. The Commander has a wheelbase of 2,794mm, which is again 158mm longer than the Compass.
Jeep Commander vs Compass (Dimensions)
The added length is evident when viewed from the sides with the rear doors and quarter windows being larger than the Compass. Apart from the long wheelbase, the rear overhang also seems longer. The Commander's tailgate is more upright and gets a premium look when viewed from the rear three quarters, which is especially similar to other Jeep models like the new flagship Wagoneer SUV. The slim LED tail-lights joined by a chrome strip round off the looks.
Jeep Commander (Meridian): interior similar to Compass
On the inside, the dashboard design is mostly identical to the Compass, but a closer look shows new metal inserts and a suede fabric trim on the dashboard and door panels. The front seats too look straight out of the Compass, although they are wrapped in brown leather upholstery with embroidered suede details. An interesting design touch is the words ‘Jeep 1941’ embossed on the front centre armrest. The rose gold accents on the center console also look particularly nice.
Just like the updated Compass in India, the Commander also gets a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, while the central infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is 10.1-inch. Other features include electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats, wireless phone charger, connected car features, Alexa virtual assistant, panoramic sunroof, Harman Kardon sound system, electronic trunk and more. Safety features include seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking system, lane keep assist and more.
The most important highlight of the Commander is obviously its third row of seats. The second-row seats split 60:40 to allow access to the third row. Third-row passengers will also have amenities such as blower speed adjustments and USB charging ports.
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 4x4 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.