Jeep had unveiled the Grand Commander in China, earlier this year. This is a seven-seater new SUV that will debut in China. Recently while talking to FCA India head, Kevin Flynn, he told us that Jeep is readying a product with 3 rows, based on the Compass. This means that Jeep is planning to take on the big SUV segment in India. It will not be localised but will be sold in India, to grab some more market share in the premium SUV segment. The main rival for it will be the Toyota Fortuner.
The Grand Commander is based on the Yuntu concept, which was showcased last year at the Shanghai Motor Show. This is another product from Jeep for emerging markets. In all likelihood, this will be coming to India, via the CKD route. Jeep has plans for getting the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler as CKD units soon, as both these SUVs are currently fully imported, in the form of CBUs and hence are expensive. The Jeep Compass is currently the driver of the Jeep brand in India. It has garnered a strong pull in the market and is selling good numbers as well. Jeep also plans to get a smaller SUV, which is the Renegade. This will be launched next year.
The Jeep Grand Commander may see an Indian entry in 2020. Want to know more about the Jeep Grand Commander? Read further.
Jeep Grand Commander Price in India
Though too early to predict, the likely price of the Grand Commander should be in the range of Rs.26 lakhs to Rs.32 lakhs (on-road). This is the minimum that we are expecting the price to be. The may be higher. This will be in a similar category as the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour and initially, Jeep may try and undercut it a bit. The Jeep Grand Commander is being offered in two variants in China. These are Longitude and Limited. India will also get both these variants. The launch of the Grand Commander will see a healthy line-up for Jeep in India.
Jeep Grand Commander Launch in India
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There is no official confirmation regarding the launch of the Grand Commander in India, yet. Currently, the Company is focusing on newer variants of the Compass and the recently launched Trailhawk variant. Next year will also see the launch of the Jeep Renegade. However, the company would not like to miss out on an opportunity to challenge the mighty Fortuner. Hence, this Jeep would be brought in as a CKD.
Also Read: 2018 Toyota Fortuner – All Details
Jeep Grand Commander Key Features
- 9-speed automatic transmission
- LED headlamps
- LED taillamps
- U-Connect touchscreen system
- Panoramic sunroof
- 18 & 19-inch alloy wheels
- Dual exhaust tailpipes
- Body cladding
- Multifunction 3-spoke steering wheel
- Electronic parking brake
Also Read: Jeep Compass Trailhawk coming
Jeep Grand Commander Design
This new 7-seater SUV from Jeep is inspired by the Jeep Yuntu Concept that was showcased at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. The SUV features Jeep’s signature 7-slat radiator grille. It gets LED headlamps and fog lamps. It resembles other Jeep SUVs and looks muscular and boxy, which is a trait of Jeep designs. Squared wheel arches and sharp lines give it an aggressive look too. The SUV features a panoramic sunroof and prominent underbody cladding. It also gets18 and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Jeep Grand Commander is a long SUV. It has a large glass area, both on the side and the rear. This also makes it look premium.
Jeep Grand Commander India Interior
The interior of this SUV does resemble the Compass and the Grand Cherokee to an extent. It gets the same dual tone theme as the Compass. A large U-connect touchscreen system sits on the centre console. It gets Android Auto and Apple Car Play along with navigation and a reverse camera. There is a TFT screen for the driver info, on the instrument panel. The multifunction steering wheel is identical to the Compass but gets a top wooden portion.
The sunroof is large ands extends to the third-row seats. The middle row gets 60:40 split seats and the third-row seats has a 50:50 split. Other key features include three-zone climate control, electronic parking brake, front electric adjustment for seats
Jeep Grand Commander Specifications
The new Jeep Grand Commander is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, in China. It generates 230bhp of power and has 350Nm of torque. There is another state of tune for the AWD version which has 261bhp of power with 400Nm of torque. While an India launch will see the introduction of a diesel engine, it is yet to be seen which one will power the Grand Commander. It is likely to a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which also powers the Grand Cherokee. However, it will be in a lower state of tune. The Grand Commander will also get an AWD version. The transmission will be a nine-speed automatic, in both petrol and diesel versions.
Jeep Grand Commander India Competition
The Grand Commander will compete mainly with the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the Ford Endeavour. The Skoda Kodiaq will also be a rival.