The last time the US saw a Jeep Commander was in 2010. The SUV was large by Jeep standards, and not too popular based on sales. And in China, the Commander SUV line lists both Commander and Grand Commander. The Supreme commander would be President Xi Jinping, but that’s a different story. We’re here to talk about Latin America’s Jeep Commander.
Is Commander just a longer Jeep Compass?
You may recognize it as a longer version of our Jeep Compass, and you would be right. It is a stretched-out Compass. Stretched to accommodate seven passengers with its third-row seating. But there are visual differences besides the stretch.
Those Commander headlights are different from our Compass. Daytime running lights boast an LED light bar. The new soft bumper features all of this. Other bits of trim brightens up the Commander’s fascia. In all, we’d say the front has been softened up a bit from its US counterpart and integrated better with no blackout grilles and cladding.
The window lines make the Jeep Commander look like a Jeep Cherokee
The bottom of the window line takes a straight shot back to the rear without the kickup of the Compass. It is cleaner and gives it the look of a Cherokee in a side profile. Making our way to the rear there are more differences showing.
The Commander has eliminated all of the whoops and sweeps of the Compass. Thin taillights dominate at the beltline. Gone are the large, wrapping taillights of the compass. The tailgate is wider and hides the handle to open it. A big handle is bonked onto the Commander’s tailgate.
The bumper is body-color, and it too is toned down from the busy Compass bumper. Black running along the rockers of the Compass is now body-color, too. And the wheel arch trim goes with body color as well. A “TD” and “4×4” mark this as an all-wheel-drive, turbo-diesel powertrain according to Brazil’s Motor1.
In Latin America, it will have a 2.0-liter diesel, but what it would have if sold here?
Specs have not been published as the Commander is still set to launch. We can assume it will come with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. Power will be at 200 hp spinning a nine-speed automatic transmission. It could also receive a 1.3-liter turbocharged gas engine with around 185 hp. This would be tied to a six-speed automatic.
Inside, it should stay relatively similar to the Compass though interior shits have not been released. With slightly more power this seems like a no-brainer for the US market. But as of right now there are no plans for Jeep to make that happen.