After months of teasers and spy pictures, we finally get to take a look at the production-spec Jeep Commander. The Jeep Commander is essentially a 7 seater derivative of the Jeep Compass. The Jeep Commander is likely to make it to our shores next year and it will likely be called the Meridian. It is safe to say that the Meridian will be quite similar to the Commander. Let’s take a look at the Commander:
The Jeep Commander is not just a stretched Compass. Jeep has made some changes to the exterior to give its own identity. The Commander features a new face with a redesigned bumper and headlights. The LED headlamps and taillamps are inspired by the bigger Grand Cherokee L. The grille is familiar to the recently facelifted Compass. the Commander is 4,769mm long, 1,859mm wide and 1,682mm high and its wheelbase measures 2,794mm. For reference, the Jeep Compass is 4,405mm long, 1,818mm wide, 1640mm high and features a wheelbase that is 2,636mm long. The Commander is also wider than the Compass to liberate more shoulder room inside which is a trait not seen in other 7 seater crossover derivatives.
Unlike the exterior, the interior remains more or less the same when compared to the facelifted Compass. The overall layout remains unchanged but Jeep has used new color schemes and materials to uplift the cabin. There is extensive use of ambient lighting across the cabin and the interior uses brown leather.
The Commander shares its features with the facelifted Compass. It gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wireless android auto and apple car play, wireless charging, ventilated seats, fully digital instrument cluster, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control to name a few. The Commander adds a third row of seats which can be split in a 50:50 format.
The Jeep Commander uses the same 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine found in the existing Compass. It produces 170hp and 380nm of torque which is 30nm more than the Compass. It is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and it comes with 4×4. The other engine is a 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 185hp and 270nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.