Jeep has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new Commander. This new SUV is essentially a 7-seat iteration of the popular Compass. Jeep is likely to bring it to India sometime next year as the ‘Meridian’.
Jeep has finally pulled the wraps off the all-new Commander. For the uninitiated, it's a 7-seat iteration of the popular Compass and will make its India debut as the Meridian in 2022.
The Commander is longer than the Compass but doesn’t quite look disproportionate. It has an authentic SUV stance, which we expect from all Jeep products. At the front, the Commander gets the signature Jeep seven-slat grille with horizontally stacked LED headlamps. The LED DRLs on the bumper work well in toning down the massive front-end. Along the side, the Commander looks like a stretched-out version of the smaller Compass. The Commander sport those typically Jeep squared-off wheel arches and that neatly chiselled shoulder line. The black roof and the C-pillar work well in concealing the overall size of the car. Around the back, the Commander gets sleek LED taillamps and a rather uncluttered tailgate. The upcoming Jeep offering also wears a 4x4 badge at the back, which suggests that the car will come with an all-wheel-drive system as well.
Inside, the Commander will share a lot of its parts with the Compass. In fact, the dashboard will look identical to that of the Compass – right from the central infotainment system to the steering wheel. Its feature highlights include an all-digital instrument cluster, a touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation, and dark brown quilted leather upholstery. Detailed images of the second and third row of seating are yet to be released.
Jeep is also yet to release the engine specs, but it is safe to assume that the India-spec model will come with the same powertrain as that of the Compass. Jeep currently offers the Compass with two engine options – a 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. Both these engines come with a 6-speed manual. While the 1.4 turbo gets a 7-speed DCT option, the diesel gets a 9-speed torque converter automatic.
Jeep will bring in the Commander as the Meridian in India. Expect it to be launched around mid-2022 and be priced around the Rs 25 – 30 lakh mark.