The Jeep Commander hasn’t been produced since 2010, and they’ve been busy revamping the Cherokee and the improving their other SUV’s since then. However, it looks like they’ve decided to bring back the 3-row SUV for the first time, recently unveiling the Grand Commander at the Beijing Auto Show. The catch, of course, is that it will only be available in China, at least for now.
Despite it’s elongated, slightly soccer mom look, the Grand Commander isn’t much bigger than the Grand Cherokee – it just happens to look like a Highlander melded with the Grand Cherokee (and we’re not the only ones who think so). The taillights are thinner and wrap-around. But, it has 3 rows of seats and fits 7, sacrificing a bit of trunk room in the process.
Under the hood will be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, that will put a decent 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque – compared that to the 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet the Grand Cherokee offers, and it’s not too shabby for a luxury SUV that quite frankly, isn’t meant to go offroad. Those horsepower will be channeled to a nine-speed automatic with both two- and four-wheel drive.
The interior doesn’t look like anything too fancy – clean, luxurious seats, fancy buttons. The classic Jeep steering wheel. But not like stepping into a Mercedes or something.
Again, this Jeep probably won’t be hitting the US anytime soon, as Jeep is instead offering us a new version of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (presumably without the 70’s wood finish, unless you know, you’re into that sort of thing). But Chinese Jeep fans should certainly have a good time with it. Either way, we’re always excited to see what Jeep has in store, even if the Wrangler really is a bit more our style.