Whereas Jeep is among the first manufacturers that involves thoughts when most shoppers point out “SUV”, it at the moment has no entry within the well-liked three-row section. The Slapdash Commander occupied this room within the late aughts and the corporate is making noise a few potential Grand Wagoneer, however these plans stay fuzzy for now.
A 3-row jeep has lastly turned up. It is referred to as the Grand Commander and is slated to look because the unique mannequin for China at this 12 months’s Beijing Motor Present.
Bozi Tatarevic – our personal counter change for strolling, talking components – thinks that the Grand Commander proven right here may be very possible constructed on a stretched CUSW platform and might be proper. An elongated Cherokee would make a whole lot of sense.
Up entrance we discover a typical Jeep grille with seven louvres, accompanied by two slim headlights that mimic these of the Grand Cherokee. Technical additions to FCA’s adaptive cruise management are seen on the entrance bumper, flanked by a proper set of horizontal housings for spherical fog lights. The rear doorways are angular and lengthen into the rear wheel arches, presumably to facilitate entry to the third row seats. In a video on Jeep’s China web site, the headrests for the third row of the Grand Commander are straightforward to see. This is not a nasty wanting machine in any respect.
Since solely the language of the web site is greatest understood and Google Translate would not assist in any respect, I can solely learn “2.0T” from the copy. Underneath the logical assumption that this pertains to the Grand Commander’s powertrain, it’s prone to be the identical (or comparable) two-liter turbo because the 2019 Cherokee, which supplies Bozi’s principle extra credibility. This engine produces 270 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.
Possibilities of the Grand Commander discovering his approach onto American soil? Restricted, within the opinion of the writer, at the least as proven on Jeep’s Chinese language web site. The model makes positive that at the least one of many fairings in every of the fashions it affords bears the “Path Rated” badge, and the Grand Commander’s reasonably lengthy entrance and rear overhangs may destroy these efforts. Even so, Jeep employs engineers with pens sharp sufficient to make automobiles as numerous as a Trackhawk and a Trailhawk out of a Grand Cherokee, so something is feasible.
Although the Grand Cherokee did not have seating for seven, it offered the three-row Highlander by about 25,000 models in America final 12 months. The Jeep carried 240,696 models and Toyota blended 215,775 models into new properties. Each figures stand for a big improve in gross sales in comparison with 2016.