2018 Jeep Grand Commander (Seven Seat SUV) Revealed For China


Seven-Seat Jeep Grand Commander will go on sale in Chinese market only; draws design inspiration from Yuntu Concept

Jeep is giving the Chinese market high importance to grow its sales volume and to boost its global presence. For this, the FCA owned iconic American SUV manufacturer is relying on introducing new products in the world’s biggest car market. The automaker will be revealing a new SUV for the Chinese market dubbed as Grand Commander at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show in April and it comes designed in line with the Grand Cherokee.

Well, we don’t have to be excited about this car as it is very unlikely to arrive in Indian market considering the high price and reported low profitability. The patent sketches appeared on the internet a few months ago show a very aggressive and rugged appearance that incorporates Jeep’s signature vertically slated front grille flanked by wide headlamps. Standing in confirmation with it are the set of new official images emerged in China showing the entire exterior.

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The production model receives LED projector headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. A chunky and sculpted bumper are also there with bold honeycomb grille mesh design with seven slats and round-shaped fog lamps. Moving to the side profile, the SUV features black cladding, black roof rails, rectangular wheel arches, large alloy wheels ranging between 16-19 inches based on the variants and the same muscular tone visible at front fascia.

As evident from these images, the Jeep Grand Commander comes bearing heavy inspiration from the Jeep Yuntu concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Upon launch, this large seven seater SUV will lock horns with tough rivals like Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Teramont. The SUV has been specially designed keeping the demand of Chinese customers, as it will be sold in that country only.

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Moving to the back of the SUV, the Jeep Grand Commander appears with a similar style as the Grand Cherokee. It gets a shark fin antenna on top, a wide rear windshield, wraparound taillights with full LED treatment and so on. A sculpted tailgate is also there along with a chunky bumper with skid plate, twin trapezoidal; exhaust and horizontal stop lamp mounted high on the rear spoiler. Unlike the recently unveiled Cherokee, the Grand Commander does not possess eye-brow-like headlights.

Inside the cabin too, this will portray luxury and sportiness and expect it to draw inspiration from Grand Cherokee. On the powertrain front, Jeep Grand Commander is likely to receive a 2.0-litre turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine from the new Wrangler. This motor is capable of kicking out 268 hp of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque and will have a lower-spec variant making around 230 hp.

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The three-row SUV could adapt a hybrid powertrain as the Yuntu concept and is expected to be built on the same unibody architecture. The plug-in hybrid version will likely carry the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine with dual electric motors from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at a later time. It measures 4,873 mm in length, 1,892 mm in width and has a height of 1,738 mm with 2,800 mm wheelbase.

It is 478 mm longer, 74 mm wider and stands 98 mm taller with a longer wheelbase of 164 mm compared to the Compass sold in India. Customers can choose between five- and seven-seat options and it will likely be sold in four trims namely Longitude, Limited, Overland and Summit. While the Grand Commander won’t be reaching our shores anytime soon, the brand is preparing a subcompact SUV and possibly Renegade for the near future.

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