Jeep had earlier this year, announced that it will bring the 7-seat version of the Compass to India soon and the official testing of the same seems to have begun. The SUV is likely to be called Commander and there will be plenty of bits to differentiate it from the regular Compass. Jeep has plans of expanding its product range in India which is why it has already launched to new Compass and India-Assembled off-roading icon, Wrangler. Apart from the 7-seat version of the Compass, Jeep also plans to get into the mass market compact SUV segment. All in all, these measures indicate the importance of the Indian automobile industry for the American carmaker. For now, let us focus on the exciting spy shots that have surfaced online to discuss what to expect from the Jeep Commander.
7-Seat Jeep Compass (Commander) – Spy Shots
Although the images show the camouflaged version of the Commander, there are a few bits that be can safely be assumed according to the teaser that Jeep Brazil launched recently. The overall silhouette of the Commander will likely remain typical Jeep-styled. The front will most likely feature the trademark seven slat upright grille with chrome inserts, the bumpers will be redesigned and sporty, there will be LED Headlamps and DRLs like with most modern cars. The sides will feature large wheel arches, a long side body to accommodate the third-row seating, roof rails, accentuated window belt and sturdy side body panels. The rear will house the LED taillamp unit, roof spoiler and a redesigned bumper. Overall, there will be similarities to the current-gen Compass, at least on the outside.
7-Seat Jeep Compass (Commander) – Expected Interiors and Features
Being the newest addition to the Jeep family, the Commander is expected to be feature-packed as well. The interiors of the current-gen Jeep Compass were completely different from the last-gen. There was a noticeable difference and upgrade in the quality and design of the interiors of the Compass. Continuing that trend, the interiors of the Commander will also be model and might be in line with the latest Jeep Compass with all the latest Connected Car Tech from Jeep, Digital Touchscreen Infotainment Systems, Digital Instrument Cluster, Sport Steering Wheel with Audio and other Controls, high quality fit and finish on the dashboard and door panels, Panoramic Electric Sunroof and plenty of other comfort features. There will be a plethora of safety equipment on offer as well.
7-Seat Jeep Compass (Commander) – Expected Powertrains and Prices
While there have been no official announcements with regards to the powertrain options, we expect the same engines as the Compass but in a different state of tune. The Jeep Commander will likely come with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is also present in the current-gen Compass. However, in the Commander, it will make around 200 hp and might come with either a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic gearbox option. There might be the 1.4-litre turbo petrol making 163 hp and 250 Nm. Needless to mention, being a Jeep, the Commander will most likely come with a 4×4 driver system with a lot of off-roading tech and equipment. The prices of the Jeep Commander will definitely be north of Rs 30 lakh, ex-showroom and might even go up to Rs 38 lakh price point for the top trims. This places the premium SUV directly in the zone of products like the popular Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, MG Gloster and recently launched Isuzu mu-X. All these are 7-seat SUVs with plenty of off-roading tech to power you through almost any terrain.
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