The Jeep Compass seven seater (H6) will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour upon launch. But is this it?
Jeep is readying a seven seater version of its popular nameplate, the Compass. The recent patent information leaked online had confirmed the vehicle to be named Jeep Grand Commander. Now, a few spy images of the Jeep Grand Commander have surfaced on a Chinese auto-website, AutoHome China, revealing the 7 seater SUV in detail ahead of its launch. The 7 seater compass aka Grand Commander will go on sale in China in the coming months.
The 7 Seater Compass was earlier known by the codename H6, and stays close to the 5 seater SUV in terms of design. It has an evident visual inclination to the Compass and pronounced deviations from it as well. The headlamps and the 7 slat Jeep grille would remind you of the smaller car. The Jeep Commander, however, has wider air intakes, larger doors, larger overhangs, new wheels, and a totally revamped rear end. The tailgate is now flatter and the tail lamp design would remind you of the Grand Cherokee L and the Grand Wagoneer concept.
The Chinese-spec Jeep Grand Commander seems quite large and brawny. In its actual dimensions, the seven Seater Compass for China is 4873 mm long, 1892 mm wide, and 1738 mm tall, marking decent hikes in all of them. At 2800mm, the wheelbase too has grown by 164 mm.
In the Indian context, the Jeep Grand Commander will go against the likes of Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq, Toyota Fortuner and MG Gloster. Here is a quick comparison of the key measures of the 7 seater Jeep Compass and its rivals here.
|Jeep Grand Commander |
|Ford Endeavour||Toyota Fortuner||MG Gloster||Skoda Kodiaq|
Interior And Features
The Grand Commander SUV will get a rich-looking interior, with good equipment levels as well. If the reports are to be believed, the Grand Commander would have six (middle row captain chairs) and seven-seater variants. The SUV will have a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, ESP, cruise control, hill launch and descent, traction control and the like.
The Jeep Grand Commander is hoped to get the same 2.0L, four-cylinder, Multijet diesel engine from its 5 seater counterpart. However, the engine would be in a totally different state of tune- it would produce 200 hp against the 173 hp of the Compass 2021, and would have better low-end punch as well. Transmission duties would be taken care of by six speed manual and 9 speed automatic units. China would also get a plug-in-hybrid version of the Grand Commander. The PHEV would produce as much as 227 hp. The top variants would be equipped with 4WD.
FCA (or the Stellantis !) is hoped to bring the 7 seater Jeep Compass to the Indian soil sometime next year. The Jeep H6 SUV would be manufactured in FCA’s Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra. The facility would also produce left-hand drive versions of the SUV (H1), for exports. As per the available information, the 7 seater Compass for India would share its platform with the 2021 Compass. However, the H6 would most likely have a different name here, as the Commander nameplate’s patent is already owned by Mahindra in India. The Indian SUV will would have just the Multijet engine in its new state of tune, meaning the PHEV might not make it to our land.
Source: AutoHome China