Jeep at Geneva Motor Show
The 77th International Motor Show in Geneva will be a stage for the Jeep® brand to display its major product offensive, expanding globally from three models in 2005 to seven in 2007 — the most available to retail consumers at one time in the 65-year history of Jeep vehicles. No other automotive manufacturer in the world has the range of sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) that Jeep offers.
By the end of 2007, the Jeep brand lineup will include Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee (Liberty in North America) and Wrangler, plus the all-new Compass, Patriot and four-door Wrangler Unlimited. These seven vehicles — all of them powered by both petrol and diesel engine options — provide the opportunity to grow the Jeep brand by offering a variety of products that will excite current customers and attract new ones.
“The Jeep brand is on a product offensive and will continue to grow with new offerings that leverage Jeep’s legendary 4x4 leadership,” said Thomas Hausch, Executive Director – International Sales and Marketing, Chrysler Group. “We have solidified the Jeep brand’s foundation with the all-new Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, while also stretching the brand to reach new customers in the growing compact SUV segment with Jeep Compass, the segment’s most fuel-efficient vehicle, and Jeep Patriot.”
All-new Jeep Patriot Has European Premiere in Geneva
The Jeep brand continues its expansion into new territory with the Jeep Patriot — an all-new compact SUV that delivers fun, freedom, utility and Jeep 4x4 technology. Patriot represents the new, competitive entry-level price point for the Jeep brand and will be available outside North America in both left-hand and right-hand drive.
The new Jeep Patriot is a modern interpretation of classic Jeep styling. It combines the packaging and interior flexibility of an SUV with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a C-segment car. Patriot outside North America features a standard 2.4-litre petrol World Engine and an optional 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. As standard, Patriot is loaded with many safety features, including side-curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Electronic Roll Mitigation.
Two Jeep Patriot models, Patriot Sport and Patriot Limited, will become available in Europe and other international markets during the second quarter of this year. All Patriot models sold outside North America will feature Jeep’s highly capable Freedom Drive I™, a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode.
The all-new Jeep Patriot joins the Jeep Compass in extending the Jeep brand to compete for the first time in the compact SUV segment and draw new customers to the brand. By offering the two distinctive interpretations of the Jeep design theme, Patriot and Compass complement each other and offer distinct alternatives to customers seeking entry-level vehicles for the brand. These two vehicles each deliver a competitive package of size, performance and fuel economy, all at a great value. They are also the Jeep brand’s first products with a fully independent suspension for comfortable on-road ride and handling.
Jeep Commander Overland: New, More Refined Level Outside North America
- New range-topping Jeep Commander Overland model delivers more premium features and refinement
- Commander Overland embodies the ultimate expression of Jeep “Classic” design, inside and out
The Jeep Commander lineup outside North America gets a new range-topping addition in 2007. The Commander Overland model, with premium interior and platinum-accented exterior, takes the Commander to new heights. The Overland model is one of many new vehicles contributing to the ongoing Jeep product offensive, and it makes its European premiere today at the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva.
All-new Interior Provides Next-generation Sophistication
The interior of the Jeep Commander Overland delivers an up-market ambience, with enhanced trim materials including:
- A leather-wrapped steering wheel with Vavona Burl wood rim insert
- Vavona Burl wood trim on upper instrument panel, front door switch bezels and centre floor console bezel
- Real wood inlay on lower centre stack bezel
- Leather-trimmed centre armrest, door grab handles and gear shifter
Two-tone seats with Preferred Suede Microfiber and leather trim are embroidered with an Overland logo on the front seatbacks. Available colours include Dark Slate Gray and Dark Khaki with contrasting Light Graystone. Additional interior features include front and rear berber floor mats and a cargo net.
Fresh Interpretation of Classic Exterior Styling
The stylish exterior of the Jeep Commander Overland model is an inspired adaptation of the signature Jeep design heritage — including platinum accents round the vehicle:
- Honeycomb mesh front grille and lower front fascia
- Bodyside mouldings
- Roof rack side rails
- Rear tailgate badge and license plate brow
Jeep Commander Overland rides on 18-inch, seven-spoke machine-faced aluminium wheels with all-season performance tyres.
“Jeep Commander is the first seven-passenger 4x4 that is as capable as it is distinctive. It is also the only SUV in its class to offer two V-8 petrol engines, as well as a class-leading diesel V-6,” said Thomas Hausch, Executive Director – International Sales and Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Now with the understated luxury of the new range-topping Overland model, Jeep Commander becomes the ultimate expression of Jeep ‘Classic’ design and an even more compelling package for customers in Europe and other international markets.”