After a highly successful launch in the Brazilian marketplace, the all-new three-row 2022 Jeep® Commander (H1) is headed to Argentina. Jeep unveiled the new global D-SUV earlier today in Argentina, the first market outside Brazil that the Commander will be sold in. It marks the first step to roll out the newest Jeep vehicle to other parts of Latin America.
Much of the vehicle continues untouched for the Argentine marketplace. The all-new Commander continues to blend a fine balance between elegance and dynamism. Although the traditional Jeep seven-slot grille continues to highlight the front end, it now features a black stripe through the slots and introduces a new bold take on the classic design. Commander blends much of the design from the recently updated Compass, the all-new Grand Cherokee two-row, and the Grand Wagoneer, to create something completely unique but with familiar elements.
Commander features full LED headlamps, providing more safety at night. The headlamps on the Commander are surrounded by a satin chrome trim, giving the vehicle a much more upscale look compared to other vehicles in the D-segment. LED fog lamps and taillights are also equipped as standard equipment. Similar to the Cherokee, the Commander features a taillight design that is high up on the rear of the body. Those taillights, also use the same design elements found on the light on the new Grand Wagoneer.
The roofline is very similar to the one on the all-new Grand Cherokee two-row, giving the Commander a sleek and modern appearance. The satin chrome trim at front of the vehicle can also be found on the daylight opening (DLO) around the side windows, which then goes up and over the rear pillar and blending them together.
Inside, sophistication continues to be the main attribute of the new Commander. Offered in only two trim levels (Limited and Overland), there is a high level of refinement which can be seen in small details around the vehicle’s interior. The seats are fitted with rich leather and suede accents. A mix of materials also brings an unparalleled feeling of softness and comfort. The seats also have apparent stitching, in a coppery tone, embroidered on the back and seat rests. The Jeep logo is embossed in the middle of the seatback on Limited models, while Overland models feature the Overland name. Even the armrest is embossed with “Jeep 1941”, the year the brand was founded.
Yes, it does share its instrument panel (I/P) with the Compass, you would be hard-pressed to notice, with the different materials used. There is a hydrographic decorative film with a metallic finish, which varies according to the tone of the interior with a vertical touch of copper-colored chrome, a touch of brushed chrome, and the Commander nameplate and Jeep logo as well finished in double satin chrome and copper finish, similar to that are found on the top-tier Grand Wagoneer Series III.
Jeep informed us, that the design team also hid 9 new Easter eggs throughout the exterior and interior of the Commander. These are separate from the traditional Easter eggs like the Willys Jeep found in the corner of the front windshield.
While being based on a stretched version of the Compass architecture, interior space is not lacking in the new Commander. There are three rows of seats, seven seats in total, and one of the largest rear cargo spaces in the category with 1,760 liters (62.15 cubic feet) with the seats down, 661 liters (23.3 cubic feet) with the five-passenger configuration, and 233 liters (7.8 cubic feet) with all seven seats up – the largest volume with seven passengers for the segment. In addition, the model also has a surprising storage space of 31 liters of volume.
When it comes to technology, the Commander takes a lot of the refreshed Compass’ goodies and repackages it into the new D-segment SUV. There is the customizable 10.25-inch Full Digital cluster and 10.1-inch Full HD Uconnect 5 touchscreen media center with built-in navigation and mirroring for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. It also has smartphone charging, place the device on the indicated part of the center console and the wireless charging capable device will fast charge. However, in case other passengers want to do the wired charging, there are USB ports in the three rows of seats.
It also brings access to the trunk with electrical opening and closing on the Limited and Overland, the latter also having a presence sensor (Hands-Free). There are also windshield and side window defrost, automatic mirror folding, Keyless Enter ‘N Go, and Dual-Zone air conditioning with a channel dedicated to the rear seats.
Other technology highlights that offer more convenience to the customer are the power-adjustable driver’s seat on all versions, the power-adjustable front passenger seat on the Overland, and the large panoramic sunroof.
The Commander comes very well equipped on both Limited and Overland models with autonomous steering technologies highly valued by customers in the premium segment. The new SUV also features safety tech like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), collision alert with automatic braking, blind-spot and cross-traffic detection, lane change alert, emergency braking for pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists, driver fatigue detector, speed limit sign recognition, automatic headlights, and park assist.
For audiophiles, there is a premium Harman Kardon sound system with 9 speakers, a subwoofer, and 450-watts of power. It also has the exclusive Fresh Air technology, which uses cabin ducts as an “acoustic box”. This eliminates the need for traditional speakers, reducing system weight by 40% and volume by 70%, as well as ensuring higher sound pressure and deeper bass range.
Developed on the Small Wide platform (same as the Compass and Renegade), the Commander has a body made of 79% high and ultra-resistant steel, which provides greater safety to its occupants by increasing rigidity and absorbing impacts. The model features new front and rear suspensions with geometry and calibration adapted to the model’s dimensions and weight. They were developed to deliver the best performance, handling, and comfort in all conditions.
Unlike the Brazilian market, there is only one available powertrain for the Argentine market. There is the proven and efficient four-cylinder turbo-diesel TD380 engine, which received a specific calibration map, new engine flywheel, new torque converter, new turbine, and had an improved pedal curve, to allow a torque increase of 350 Nm (258 ft.-lb.) to 380 Nm (280 ft.-lb.) of torque and 170 horsepower.
The propeller brings the SCR exhaust gas after-treatment system, reducing the emission of polluting gases. Thus, it is necessary to use the ARLA32 additive. In the TD380 engine, the autonomy is about 10,000 km (or about 6,200 miles). Thus, the driver will not need to stop refueling with the additive very often.
With authentic DNA Jeep, all Turbo Diesel versions of the Commander have a 4×4 system with low-range, 9-speed automatic transmission, terrain selector with three modes (Sand/Mud, Snow, and Auto), and Hill Descent Control (HDC), that assists the driver in steep descents during off-road routes. In addition, they have a minimum height from the ground of 21.2 cm (8.34 inches), an approach angle of 26°, and a departure angle of 24°.
The 2022 Jeep Commander Limited TD380 4×4 starts at $7,410,000 ARS (or about $70,464.68 USD), while the more luxurious Commander Overland TD380 4×4 has a starting price of $9,190,000 ARS (or about $87,391.42 USD). Yes, that is Grand Wagoneer territory, but a lot of that is taxes. Jeep Argentina says they expect that 70% of the take from customers will be of the Limited model.
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