Jeep has finally announced its 3-row command SUV, known locally as the Jeep Low-D and sold as the Jeep Meridian in India. This model will be available first in Brazil in mid-2022, followed by mid-2022 in India. Inspired by SUVs larger than pocket models, the design inherits more compass features and is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine.
Think of the New Jeep Commander
Jeep commanders have been monitored several times in India and Brazil over the past year. Official photos confirm that the three-row Jeep Commander has several unique features that set it apart from the two-row Compass SUV.
Commander is produced at the Jeep plant in Guyana, Brazil, and all parts from Compass, Renegade, and Fiat Toro are also produced using the common Commander platform. We manufacture right-hand drive vehicles and export them to our factory in Rangjungaong, India, and also produce compasses.
What is the difference between compass and commander?
At first glance, the Commander looks like a large compass, but a closer look reveals the difference in design details. In fact, the commander shares the design with the larger Grand Cherokee L. Design details that can be traced down to the compass include details on the folded windshield and the familiar chrome on the top of the car.
The next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee features fully rectangular LED headlamps and slim taillamps, and the window line is similar to the new Jeep models. The front bumper design is unique to the Commander and features large air intakes with LED daytime running lights and fog lights and front chrome strips. At 1,682mm high, it is 364mm long, 41mm wide, and 42mm longer than the compass.
The wheelbase is 2,794 mm, which is 158 mm longer than the compass. Not only the wheelbase is long, but the backrest also feels long. The tailgate is more direct and the 3/4 view gives it a three-degree presence. This is particularly similar to other Jeep models such as the new Flagship Wagoneer. Bright LED rear lights with chrome strips complete the look.
Compass-Like Interior Design:
From the inside, the dashboard looks almost like a compass, but if you look closely, you’ll find new metal features and suede inserts on the dashboard lines and door nets. The front seats are upholstered in brown leather with suede details, but look like they came straight out of the compass. An interesting design accent is the 1941 Jeep, embossed on the front and back.
The rose gold looks great on the center console, and like the latest Indian compass, the Commander has a 10.25″ digital toolset and the Entertainment Center has a 10.1″ wireless toolset. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include electric driver and front passenger seats, cordless phone chargers, connected car features, Alexa virtual assistant, panoramic sunroof, Harman Kardon audio system, and electronic trunk.
Safety features include seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning, the most notable feature being the third-row seats. The second-row seats are split at 60:40 to make use of the third row. Third-row passengers also get access to features like adjustable fan speeds and USB charging ports.
Light Diesel Hybrid:
In Brazil, Jeep opted for a 170 hp, 380 Nm multijet diesel (30 Nm higher than the compass) and a 2.0-liter diesel. The engine is combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission and a 4×4 system is provided as standard, but the diesel Jeep ordered in Brazil does not have an electric light hybrid system.
Made in India is said to have a stronger and smoother assembly system. The Leader also features a 185hp and 270Nm 1.3-liter turbo petrol engine with flexible-fuel technology. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that drives only the front wheels. The same motor drives bushings are sold abroad and many other steadfast models.