New Jeep Grand Commander unveiled

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Official images and details for the new Jeep Grand Commander have been revealed Set to make its debut at the 2018 Beijing auto show in April, the SUV was previewed by the Yuntu Concept, first displayed in 2017 at the Shanghai motor show. Manufacture of the concept was established when a patent filed by Jeep for a 3-row SUV surfaced in October 2017.

The Grand Commander will be sold in in two trims – Longitude and Limited – and the SUV will be offered in front-wheel- and four-wheel-drive options. The higher-spec Limited variant also sports chrome insets along the window frames, front bumper and side sills to differentiate between the two trims. While the Yuntu Concept was a six-seater, the production-spec Grand Commander is meant to be a proper seven-seater. Power is said to be provided by the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder, turbo-petrol mill that makes 270hp and 400Nm of top torque found on the new Wrangler.

In terms of its dimensions, the Grand Commander measures 4,873mm in length, 1,892mm in width and 1,738mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,800mm. This creates it 74mm wider, 478mm longer and 98mm taller, with a wheelbase that is 164mm longer than the Compass that is on sale in India. There is, currently, no information on Jeep bringing the Grand Commander to India. However, Jeep has plans to launch its new Wrangler in India around the festive season of 2018 and is working on a sub-four-metre SUV, codenamed 515, specifically for the market. Few mechanical details are available on the Commander. Jeep’s Chinese site makes mention of a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that would fit with local emissions regulations, and could be shared with the just-released 2018 Wrangler.

Likely to be sold in China only, the Jeep Grand Commander will provide the world’s largest new car market with a purposefully named and designed model. The regular Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models would have appeal in the Australian market but are not yet officially confirmed for right-hand production. It remains to be seen if the Grand Commander name will be adopted globally or whether Jeep’s big new 7-seat luxury SUV is called the Grand Wagoneer elsewhere.