Set to be unveiled in the months to come, the Jeep Commander will be the 7-seater iteration of the Compass. The Commander will be launched in South American first and the India launch is expected around mid-2022
In a recent teaser video, Jeep has officially announced that the Compass-based 7-seater SUV will be called Commander. The three-row Compass, codenamed H6, has been spotted testing in India and abroad on several occasions, but now it looks like we are getting closer to its global debut. Expect Jeep to pull the wraps off the all-new Commander in the months to come.
Judging by the teaser, the Commander’s front-end will look quite similar to that of the Compass. The vertically stacked grille that is the signature of Jeep models, will be seen on the Commander as well. While other details are still quite unclear, we know that the Commander will come with LED taillights with a chrome applique connecting the two that proudly wears the Jeep insignia.
The Commander will be based on Jeep’s Small Wide 4x4 platform that also underpins the Compass. It will be longer than the Compass to accommodate the third-row of seating. Aside from the platform, the Commander is also likely to share the same 2.0-litre diesel engine from the Compass, but may be tuned to push more power and torque, especially given the additional load it is expected to carry. Transmission duties will be performed by the 9-speed auto box. In the international market, there may be a 1.3-litre turbo petrol on offer, but there is no clarity if Jeep India will launch the H6 with a petrol engine option as well. All-wheel drive will be standard on the Commander.
The Commander is likely to be launched in the South American market first before it makes its way to India around mid-2022. In India, however, it may be launched with a different name. Mahindra has had a MUV called Commander on sale in the Indian market previously. Christening the 7-seater Compass for India as the Commander may lead to a tussle between the two brands once again. Mahindra and Jeep have already had two scuffles with respect to the Mahindra Roxor in North America and more recently the Mahindra Thar in Australia.