Jeep Grand Commander: Sorry, This Three-Row Jeep Is Only for China

jeep grand commander sorry this three row jeep is only for china

Despite being one of the first brands that springs to most consumers’ minds when “SUV” is mentioned, Jeep doesn’t currently have an entry in the popular three-row segment. The slapdash Commander occupied that space in the late Aughts and the company is making noises about a potential Grand Wagoneer but those plans, for now, remain hazy.

A three-row Jeep has finally appeared. It’s called the Grand Commander and is slated to appear at this year’s auto show in Beijing as a model exclusive to China.

Bozi Tatarevic – our very own walking, talking parts counter – opines that the Grand Commander shown here is very likely built on a stretched CUSW platform, and he is likely to be correct. An elongated Cherokee would make a lot of sense.

Up front we find a typical Jeep seven-slat grille, bookended by a pair of slim headlights aping those found on the Grand Cherokee. Tech addenda for FCA’s adaptive cruise control is visible on the front bumper, flanked by a formal set of horizontal housings for round fog lights. The rear doors are squared-off and stretch all the way into the rear wheel wells, presumably for ease of access to the third-row seats. In a video on Jeep’s China website, it’s easy to see the headrests for the Grand Commander’s third row. This is not a bad looking machine at all.

With only the most tenuous grasp of the website’s language, and with Google Translate not helping at all, the only information I can parse out of the copy is “2.0T.” Making the logical assumption this is referring to the Grand Commander’s powertrain, it is likely the same (or similar) two-liter turbo found in the 2019 Cherokee, lending more credence to Bozi’s theory. That engine makes 270 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Chances of the Grand Commander wending its way to American soil? Limited, in this authors opinion, at least in the form displayed on Jeep’s Chinese website. The brand takes care to ensure at least one of the trims in each of the models it offers earns the “Trail Rated” badge, and the fairly long front and rear overhangs on the Grand Commander could scupper that effort. Having said that, Jeep employs engineers with pencils sharp enough to make vehicles as diverse as a Trackhawk and a Trailhawk out of a Grand Cherokee, so anything’s possible.

Despite not offering seating for seven, the Grand Cherokee outsold the three-row Highlander by about 25,000 units last year in America, with the Jeep moving 240,696 units and Toyota shuffling 215,775 machines off to new homes. Both those figures represent healthy increases over 2016 sales.

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  • Deanst Deanst on Jan 23, 2018

    Allpar "insiders" are already expecting a Chrysler version....

  • NoID NoID on Jan 23, 2018

    There are different tiers of "Trail Rated" so the rear overhang might not be as big a hangup (pun intended) as you might expect, and the front overhang to my eyes looks identical to the new Cherokee, but I don't know for sure. I suspect that it may have more to do with rear impact requirements, maybe the CUSW platform just can't pass muster in the USA but meets the regulations in China. Otherwise I see no reason not to make this for the USA as well. Sergio is on record saying that the upcoming 3-row crossover for Chrysler is based on the Pacifica platform, so I'm not so sure that there's a version of this with Chrysler badges waiting in the wings.

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    • JohnTaurus JohnTaurus on Jan 24, 2018

      @NoID That makes sense (about the platform). I don't know how the Renegade compares in size to the Encore, but I believe they're similar enough that a Chrysler-badged (and more refined) version of the 'Gade would compete with the Buick. @ dal, my thoughts exactly.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.