The forthcoming seven-seater Jeep SUV for India will make its worldwide premiere shortly, according to a series of teasers released by the automaker. The most recent teaser shows the inside, which features luxurious leather and a dashboard that appears quite similar to that of the Compass.
In Brazil, Jeep has confirmed that the new SUV will be known as the Commander, as seen by the start-up animation for the 10.25-inch digital driver’s display. It also appears to have a panoramic sunroof and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The digital displays are identical to those in the updated Compass. Power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, a motorised tailgate, and numerous sophisticated driver aid technologies are all expected on the Commander (such as blind spot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking).
The brown upholstery was a combination of leather and suede, giving the interior a more expensive appearance than the Compass’. It was shown in a seven-seater format with a 60:40 split-folding middle row, and a six-seater variant with captain chairs in the middle row is also expected. As a tribute to the original Willys Jeep’s birth year, the front central armrest is also trimmed in leather and engraved with “1941 Jeep.”
Jeep hasn’t given us a good look at the commander’s central console, but it appears to be the same as the one found in the Compass automatic. Below the drive selector is an electronic parking brake, a silver toggle for the different terrain settings, and controls for the SUV’s 4WD system.
The Jeep Commander’s grille design is comparable to that of the Grand Cherokee, while its taillamps are similar to those of the Grand Wagoneer, according to previous teases. These features are crucial in distinguishing the Commander’s external design from that of the Compass.
In India, Jeep’s new three-row SUV is likely to be available with both 2-litre diesel and turbo-petrol engines. The turbo-petrol engine, which produces 268PS and 400Nm, might be borrowed from the Wrangler Unlimited, while the diesel engine could be borrowed from the Compass, albeit in a more refined form. The diesel engine may be available with a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic gearbox, whereas the petrol engine may only be available with an 8-speed automatic transmission.