There is no shortage of three-row crossovers in the world. However, there isn't much to choose from over at Jeep. In fact, the American automaker doesn't have a compact crossover with a third-row to offer. If you want a Jeep with at least seven seats, the only option you have is the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.
But Jeep will soon rectify that this year. Earlier this year, they premiered a teaser for a new model, but they didn't give out a lot of clues about it. The only thing they said is that it will have three-row seating. Now, they have more details to share, including the name.
Jeep has confirmed that their next crossover will be called the Commander. Not only that, we see a few more snippets of its exterior design.
For what it's worth, we reckoned it would have the Commander name when the first teaser was released back in April 2021. From there, the clues we got were the last two letters of its name in the preview and the fact that it's already being used in China.
The Commander isn't an entirely new vehicle. However, it will be the first time Jeep will use that moniker outside China since they revived it a few years ago. Before that, the Commander was a full-sized, ladder-frame SUV that was bigger than the Grand Cherokee.
Judging from the teaser, the international version of the Commander will not be exactly like the one sold in China. For instance, the taillights appear different from the Chinese version, and the shape of the third window flows downwards instead of kinking upward. All in all, it seems that Jeep wants to give the model sold outside China more distinction. With that, we might even expect a few changes inside as well.
What about the engines? Jeeps says Latin American models get either a 1.3-liter turbo gas engine or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel.
Should Jeep Philippines offer it here? We don't see why not. After all, there is always room for a seven-seat crossover in the country. If they will sell it here at a competitive price, it might even become one of their top sellers.