The Jeep Commander, a seven-seater SUV based on the Compass, will make its debut in the international market soon. The new seven-seat SUV is expected to be launched in India as the Meridian.
FCA has been teasing the upcoming Jeep Commander in the international market for some time now. The upcoming Commander is a seven-seater version of the Compass. The Commander is likely to be underpinned by a modified version of the Compass’s platform; however, it will be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The Jeep Commander is expected to be launched in India sometime by early 2022 but with a different name. FCA has filed a trademark registration for the name 'Meridian' in India. Jeep is likely to christen the seven-seat Compass as the ‘Meridian’, as the usage right of the name ‘Commander’ is still with Mahindra. Naming the seven-seat Compass as the Commander may lead to copyright infringement issues between the two brands once again.
In a new teaser video, Jeep has given a sneak peek of what to expect from the upcoming Commander. The video mainly focuses on the plush interior bits, such as the leather-wrapped armrest with ‘Jeep 1941’ embossed on it. The dashboard gets soft-touch materials with brushed aluminium inserts. The overall theme of the cabin is a combination of bronze-finished cabin elements and tan seats.
The Commander will also feature a panoramic sunroof. For the instrument cluster, it will have an all-digital unit, while the dashboard layout will be mostly the same as that of the outgoing Jeep Compass. The feature list will be similar to that of the outgoing Compass as well. The three-row SUV will also get the feature that will allow you to fold both the second- and third-row of seats, which, in turn, could add to the cargo space.
Another feature you notice in the teaser video is the ‘4WD’ lock switch on the centre console. This confirms that the Commander will be offered in an all-wheel-drive layout. Expect driving modes and terrain response modes in the new SUV.
The Jeep Commander will be launched in the South American market first. FCA may schedule the India launch of the seven-seat Compass (Jeep Meridian) by early-2022. The Jeep Compass is priced between Rs 17.19 and 28.49 lakh (ex-showroom). Also, it may ask for a premium of Rs 1 to 1.5 lakh over the price of the outgoing Jeep Compass.