Jeep Grand Commander 7-seater leaked ahead of global debut
The production-spec Jeep Grand Commander, seemingly the seven-seater iteration of the Jeep Compass, has been leaked in spy images. It still isn't known if the seven-seater SUV, set for an India launch early next year, will carry the Grand Commander nameplate in the country but all indications point to the India-spec SUV to at least look very similar to the one seen here.
The look of the seven-seater Jeep seems to follow the theme set by the test mules and teaser we've already seen. The face is heavily inspired by Jeep's newest offerings like the new-gen Grand Cherokee and the Grand Wagoneer. There is the same blocky look with the flat, faux seven-slat grille and the squared-off LED headlamps. The high bonnet line and large airdam, seen on the facelifted Compass, are here as well but in a different arrangement. The Grand Commander has a more upright shape to accommodate the longer wheelbase and rear overhang. The typically bulged and squared Jeep wheel arches are seen here as well. At the rear, there is a distinct single piece LEd taillamp, again inspired by the Jeep flagships as well as a flat boot lid and large badging. Many different themes are expected for the grille and bumper highlights dependent on the variant chosen.
On the inside, the seven-seater SUV should get an interior very similar to the one in the facelifted Jeep Compass, although new materials and a few differentiating features can be expected. These could include second-row captain seat options with dedicated climate controls, among other things. Other updates should be the large UConnect 5 infotainment system, the new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster auto headlamps and wipers, electronic parking brake, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, 8-way adjustable front seats, an Alpine audio system, a powered bootlid, 360-degree cameras and so on.
The seven-seater Jeep should get the same engine choices as the Compass. The Jeep Compass is powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine that makes 162PS of power and 250Nm of torque. A 2.0-litre diesel engine is also available that puts out 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque, coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The petrol gets seven-speed DCT. The AWD system with many off-road modes with the hill-descent function and Low range mode should be seen here as well.
The new Jeep seven-seater SUV is expected to launch in India in early 2022 and will go up against the likes of the Ford Endeavor and Toyota Fortuner, with prices at a Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh premium over the Compass. The new SUV, codenamed the H6, will be the third of four models that Jeep has planned for the Indian market, following the facelifted Jeep Compass and the locally-assembled Jeep Wrangler.
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