Jeep Commander Price
By John Stewart
On Sale: Fall 2005
Expected Pricing: check out
Signaling an expansion of the Jeep
brand concept, the Jeep Commander becomes the first seven-passenger
Jeep, and the vanguard of a product offensive intended to broaden the
Jeep line well beyond its current three-vehicle lineup.
Unfortunately the jeep commander price is yet to be known.
The Jeep Commander is loaded with Jeep
styling cues, such as an upright windshield, round headlights,
seven-slot grille and blocky, stout mirrors. From the front of the
vehicle, the Commander's hood and grille remind us of the
now-discontinued XJ Cherokee. From the rear, the square, flat body
panels, high roofline and vertical D-pillar assist handles make the
Commander look more like a Hummer H2, but I am willing to bet the jeep
commander price will be less.
The three rows of seats are arranged
stadium-style, with each succeeding row higher than the other. The roof
has been raised three inches to accommodate the seating design.
Skylights, packaged with the sunroof, are located above the second row
to create a greater sense of interior space.
The wheelbase of the Commander is
identical to the current Grand Cherokee, as are the choices of engines
and four-wheel-drive systems, but the Commander is two inches longer
overall. While the rear seating is clearly intended for smaller people
and shorter distances, the fact that the Commander can accommodate seven
people makes it more suitable for SUV buyers who have larger families.
By retaining the Grand Cherokee platform, the Commander maintains the
Grand's exceptional recreational potential with few tradeoffs.
The Commander can hold up to 68.5 cubic
feet of cargo with both rows of passenger seats folded. The instrument
panel is two-tone and unique to the Commander.
Safety features include multi-stage air
bags, available side curtain air bags, and seat belts equipped with
pretensioners and load-limiting retractors. An electronic stability
program (ESP), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and all-speed traction control (TCS)
are standard, as is a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Like the Grand Cherokee, the Commander
will be available with a choice of three full-time four-wheel-drive
systems, and three engines, including the standard 3.7-liter V6, the
optional 4.7-liter V8 and the 5.7-liter HEMI V8. All engines are backed
by five-speed transmissions. A two-wheel-drive version will also be
available, which will inevitably decrease the jeep commander price.
Two models will be available, Commander
and Commander Limited. The Limited will include more chrome on the
grille, wheels and D-pillar assist handles, and a standard V8.