The Jeep Commander is back, but not as you know him.
Jeep has revived the Commander nameplate for a compact three-row crossover based on the updated 2022 Compass. It was unveiled in Brazil on Tuesday, where it will start sales on August 26th. Production is also carried out in Brazil, particularly at the Stellantis plant in Pernambuco.
The Commander is only certified for sale in Latin America. It’s probably too small for the US, so don’t expect it here. Instead, Jeep introduced the midsize Grand Cherokee L to our large family market. The automaker also has the full-size Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer for buyers who need maximum space combined with a little luxury.
Two powertrains are expected when the Commander is launched. A 2.0-liter turbodiesel with around 200 hp is expected as the top option. The alternative is expected to be a 1.3-liter turbo gasoline engine with around 185 hp.
None of these powertrains are available in the related compass that we get here in the US. The Compass here is only offered with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine with 177 hp. In other markets, the Compass is offered with a plug-in hybrid drive train based on a 1.3-liter petrol engine at the front and an electric motor at the rear. A version of this powertrain is expected to be offered here at Compass as Jeep plans to electrify its entire range of products.
Note that in China, Jeep also sells a model known as the Grand Commander. It’s also a compact three-row crossover, but is related to the Cherokee.