Last year, we saw the new Commander, with a little bit different design compared to the original model, which was in production between 2005 and 2010, mainly in North America. The new model debuted in Brazil and it doesn’t feature that super-boxy design. Instead, it’s a modern-looking crossover that has most things in common with the Compass. After the initial launch, it looks like the company works on a version for left-hand traffic countries, such as India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Australia etc. This version will debut as the 2023 Jeep Commander and it probably won’t feature any bigger differences compared to the Brazilian versions.
This means we may expect a crossover that has a lot of things to offer. Although compact in size, it features a pretty spacious cabin and accommodates up to seven passengers. Furthermore, the cabin is luxurious, while the exterior styling is al also one of the vehicle’s strongest points. The powertrain is the aspect where we could see some changes. In Brazil, this crossover is available in two versions, with a gasoline and diesel engine.
2023 Jeep Commander Design
Design-wise, the LHT version shouldn’t feature any bigger difference. Even though the test mule has been spotted with camouflage, we doubt it will come with bigger styling differences. We expect to see the same exterior design, which combines rugged and stylish design solutions in such a nice fashion. We find a lot of similarities with the new Jeep Wagoneer, though the Commander comes in a much smaller package.
The mechanical aspect will also remain pretty much the same. This model has most things in common with Jeep Compass. it rides on the same Small Wide platform but features a notably bigger size. For example, it features 110 inches in wheelbase, so it’s no wonder it features three rows of seats.
We also like the interior design very much. As we’ve just mentioned, there is a pretty long wheelbase, while the overall dimensions are pretty respectable too. So, it’s no wonder that this SUV comes with three rows of seats. We have no doubt that LHT versions will also come standard with seven seats.
Besides plenty of space, this cabin also offers high overall quality. Even though it was primarily designed for developing markets, it comes with a well-designed cabin, which combines attractive dashboard design with fine materials and a lot of attention to detail. Furthermore, the cabin is full of tech features, such as a massive infotainment system and digital instrument cluster, which all make this cabin look even more upscale. We are pretty sure that the LHT version will come with the same level of luxury.
2023 Jeep Commander Engines
This may be an interesting aspect of the 2023 Jeep Commander, as the new version could come with a new powertrain option in specific markets. Still, we presume that in most cases, the LHT version will also come with two familiar engines. The first one is a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline unit, which puts out a pretty respectable 180 horsepower. For those who care more about fuel economy, there is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which puts out around 170 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The base gasoline engine comes in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission from Aisin and standard all-wheel drive, while the diesel uses a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission, which comes with either front- or all-wheel drive.
Some sources speculate about the hybrid version that could be offered for a certain market. That could easily be the same PHEV setup found in the new Compass and Renegade models. However, the officials are still quiet on this matter, so make sure to take this with a reserve.
2023 Jeep Commander Release Date
We expect that the 2023 Jeep Commander will arrive sometime in the second half of the year. The exact date is yet to be announced.
Jeep Grand Commander
Besides the “standard” Commander, Jeep also offers a model called Grand Commander, in China. Despite the similar name, these two models don’t have many things in common. Of course, both are SUVs but the Grand Commander is slightly bigger and, more importantly, it rides on a different platform, sharing most of its parts with the Cherokee.
This is a bigger and more capable vehicle, which is available in two variants for the Chinese market. Base models come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which features a max output of 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and it comes in pair with a 9-speed ZF automatic transmission. There is also a plug-in hybrid version, which features the same 2.0-liter engine but also a couple of electric motors, as well as a 13-kWh battery pack. Also, the PHEV uses a CVT gearbox instead of a classic automatic, while it also offers around 45 miles of the all-electric range.