Jeep has been on a roll lately. In less than a year, the American automaker rolled out five new and updated models. There's the Gladiator diesel, the Wrangler 4xe, the revived Grand Wagoneer, all-new Grand Cherokee, and most recently, the updated Compass. But Jeep isn't about to rest on their laurels. That's because they have another model coming soon.
At the moment, Jeep is only giving out a few clues about their next launch. The first clue; its name ends with the letters E and R. The second hint from Jeep is the number of seats: seven. Last but not least, the upcoming model will use the underpinnings of a compact model. If we put all those clues together, we might find the answer in Jeep's Chinese lineup.
By the looks of it, Jeep is prepping the international version of the Grand Commander. This model perfectly describes all the hints from the manufacturer. The name ends in E and R, it has three rows of seats, and it's based on the Cherokee. Based on its specs, it looks like a promising product, too. At 4,873 mm long, the Grand Commander fits right in the mid-size crossover segment. Some models that are about the size of the Jeep include the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Kia Sorento, and Mazda CX-8.
This model features Jeep's latest design language. The headlights of the Grand Commander resemble that of the redesigned Grand Cherokee, and so does the narrow 7-slot grille. At the rear, the Grand Commander features a large rear glass coupled with slimmer taillights that wrap to the side. The side profile shows its longer wheelbase and rear quarter window that kicks upwards.
Inside, it has a flat-top dashboard with a two-layer theme. Taking center stage is a wide infotainment screen flanked by a pair of vertical air-conditioning vents. China-spec models have their own version of FCA's (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) uConnect software, but expect international models to use a similar system with additional features. All in all, the cabin resembles that of most new Jeep models. Also, all models come standard with a massive panoramic sunroof.
As for the engines, there are three available depending on the country. Jeeps says Latin American models get either a 1.3-liter turbo gas engine or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. China-spec Grand Commanders get a potent 2.0-liter turbo gas engine that's good for 265 PS and 400 Nm of torque. We'd like to have the 2.0-liter diesel or boosted 2.0 gas.
Should Jeep Philippines offer it here at a competitive price, we reckon it has the potential to be a sales success.