Unveiled in Brazil in August 2021, Jeep Commander is being offered in Limited and Overland trims
Jeep’s new Compass 7 seater 3-row SUV is expected to be named Jeep Meridian in the Indian market. The Commander nameplate will not be used, as Mahindra previously had the vehicle of the same name. Jeep Meridian will be launched here in 2022. It will rival the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Ford Endeavor and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.
Jeep Meridian Design & Features
Since the test mule was wearing double camouflage, it is difficult to tell whether the design aesthetic is similar to the one unveiled in Brazil. It is not uncommon for car manufacturers to introduce small variations to suit local tastes and preferences. As far as size and build are concerned, the Jeep Meridian makes a major road presence.
The signature slat grille design resembles that of the Jeep Compass. The SUV also gets a prominent air dam. The headlights and tail lamps appear similar to the compass. Although not obvious, it appears that the test mule has thick body cladding all around.
The side profile features chiseled panels, which look almost identical to the Brazilian version. The sporty design of the alloy wheels really grabs your attention. These include Bridgestone Dualer H/P Sport tires which are specially designed for SUVs.
The rear of the 2022 Jeep Compass 7 seater SUV looks spacious and has a significant overhang beyond the rear tyres. This may indicate sufficient space for third row passengers. In terms of dimensions, the Jeep Commander unveiled in Brazil is taller, wider and taller than the Compass. Its length is 364 mm, width is 41 mm and height is 42 mm. The wheelbase is 2794mm, which is 158mm more than the Compass. Users can expect a comfortable ride even when the SUV is seated at full capacity.
On the inside, the Jeep Commander gets a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Smartphone connectivity is available via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Brazilian version offers several interior themes including one all-brown, all-black, and two dual-tone options. The interior looks premium with suede and leather upholstery.
Other key features include a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, Alexa function, and premium 450W, 10-speaker sound system from Harman Kardon. Safety features include seven airbags, park assist and adaptive cruise control. A range of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) functions are available such as blind spot and cross traffic detection and automatic braking.
2022 Jeep Compass 7 Seater Engine
Jeep Commander in Brazil is available with 1.3L turbo petrol motor and 2.0L diesel unit. The petrol unit is capable of producing 185 PS of maximum power and 270 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The petrol motor is a flex-fuel unit that can run on gasoline as well as ethanol blended petrol. The diesel unit makes 170 PS/ 380 Nm and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 4WD option is available only with the diesel variant.