Should Jeep bring back the Commander name with this seven-seater Compass-based SUV?by Khris Bharath, on LISTEN 03:44
Jeep is all set to debut an all-new seven-seater SUV, the 2022 Jeep Commander, for the Brazilian market. From a clip leaked online, on first appearances, the SUV looks like a longer Compass. It also appears that Jeep’s newest SUV shares a lot of oily bits, with the Compass.
Even before its official unveiling, there has been a lot of talk about the 2022 Jeep Commander online, and although this highly anticipated SUV from Jeep has been circulating on social media for a while now, we now have some official shots of the car from leaks online.
This latest entrant from Jeep, in addition to introducing an all-new design, also debuts a new nomenclature, the Overland, to the Jeeps Brazilian model lineup. According to the video, the Overland Version will sit at the top of the Commander’s model range. The name Overland, harks back to the second world war, when Willys-Overland, a company that built the very first Jeep, the Willys MB, for military use gave rise to the Jeep brand.
The new Jeep Commander should not be mistaken for Jeep’s Grand Commander, which is a model sold in the Chinese market. This new model is considerably smaller than the Grand Commander and is built on the Renegade and Compass platforms, whereas the "Grand" is built on the Cherokee platform. The Commander is in fact a one-of-a-kind product.
In terms of its design the front-end is quite similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and features a darkened full-LED headlight assembly, however, the daytime running lights and the LED fog lamps, like on the Compass, will remain on the bumper. It also wears the American brand’s signature seven-slat grille. It’s only when you view the Commander from the side and behind, do the differences to the Compass become obvious. The increased length and glasshouse are almost immediately noticeable. The rear is unique to the Commander and features a full-length light bar, running across the width of the vehicle.
As with the exterior, even the interior appears to be inspired by the Compass. Although, the Commander comes with three rows and seven seats rather than the Compass’s five. It will inherit the 10-inch multimedia center screen, air conditioning controls, and multifunction steering wheel from its smaller sibling. There will also be a push-button start with a preset key. It will have an all-digital instrument panel with a 10.25-inch screen just like the Compass.
There are unique details throughout the cabin like the one on the center console, which has a brown leather armrest with the words "Jeep 1941” on it. The seats are also made of a combination of leather and suede. The top-tier Overland variant also adds gold embellishments with all the badges on the exterior and several trim pieces in the cabin. This version will also come with suede lining on the dashboard instead of leather.
The exact specs of the Commander are yet to be released, however, our guess is that Jeep’s latest SUV shares a lot of its mechanical components with the Compass as well. The 2022 Commander will most likely feature either an all-new 1.3 GSE turbo gas engine that produces 185 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic or a 2.0 Multijet diesel engine that produces 200 horsepower mated to a nine-speed automatic, both mills with optional four-wheel drive.
We’ll have to wait and watch if Stellantis, Jeep’s parent company will consider the Commander for the U.S. market. But for now, the 2022 Jeep Commander is all set to be unveiled in its entirety for the Brazilian market, later this month on the 26th of August.