Ever since Jeep unveiled the Grand Commander a few years ago, we wondered if the local distributor would ever bring it in. After all, it has a lot of ingredients that could make it potentially successful in the Philippines.
To recap, the Grand Commander is one of Jeep's junior crossovers. However, it's not what one would call a compact as its stretched, high-riding body has room inside for three rows of seats. With seven seats a key selling point these days, this could boost Jeep sales even further.
Years after it was launched in China, the Grand Commander has made a surprise arrival in the Philippines. Yes, this Jeep is made in the PRC and is based on the Cherokee platform that has been stretched to turn it into a mid-size crossover. Its dimensions put the Grand Commander squarely into that class at 4,873 mm long, 1,892 mm wide, and 1,738 mm tall. Ground clearance isn't mentioned, but it looks high off the ground when looking at it in person.
Let's make it easier to visualize the size of the Grand Commander. In terms of length, is significantly longer than the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It does come a few millimeters short of other mid-size SUVs such as the Isuzu mu-X, Nissan Terra, and Ford Everest. As for width, it's wider than most truck-based mid-size SUVs in the market today. However, the Grand Commander isn't as tall as the mentioned SUVs due to its lower roof.
Much has been said about its exterior and interior design. What you probably want to know are the features fitted to the Philippine-spec model. It gets a full-leather interior, power-adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger, a full panoramic sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch instrument panel, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, six-speaker sound system, and LED ambient lighting.
As for the engine, the Grand Commander uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline inline-four. It makes 230 PS at 5000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. Power is then sent to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of safety features, the Grand Commander has plenty as well. It comes with anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, electronic stability control, traction control, adaptive cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, and a host of airbags.
To keep the driver and passengers safe while on the move, the Grand Commander is also fitted with intelligent safety systems. These include forward-collision warning, electronic roll mitigation, lane departure warning, parking sensors all around, and pedestrian emergency braking.
Interested in getting one? The 2021 Jeep Grand Commander is available for PHP 3,490,000.