The Brazilian-built Commander has taken the D-UV segment by storm since its launch in August 2021. But despite its success, many customers have been hoping for a boost in power, and it seems like Jeep® has been listening. According to sources, the Commander is set to receive two new powertrain options in 2024 for the 2025 models.
Both new engines will be shared with the upcoming compact Ram Rampage pickup, slated for sale in South America. The first engine option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder from the FCA Global Medium Engine (GME) family. In contrast, the other option is a new 2.4-liter turbodiesel inline-four-cylinder engine from the same engine family as the engine it replaces.
While the power output of the new engines is still unknown, Jeep is clearly aiming for high efficiency rather than just high horsepower. The 2.0-liter engine is already used in the smaller Jeep Compass (MP) for the U.S. and Canadian markets, producing 200 horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque on regular 87-octane fuel. The Commander’s version of this engine is expected to be a flex-fuel variant, as most new vehicles in Brazil run on E100 fuel.
The Commander is built on the aging FCA Small-Wide 4×4 LWB architecture, which it shares with vehicles like the Jeep Compass. However, the Commander is larger than its two-row sibling, with a 110-inch wheelbase, 187.8-inch length, a width of 73.2 inches, and a height of 66.2 inches. As a result, a power boost is needed to keep up with its size and provide owners with a more satisfying driving experience.
Jeep has yet to confirm these new powertrain options officially, but adding more efficient and powerful engines would be a welcome upgrade to the Commander lineup. With the growing demand for SUVs in Brazil and other South American markets, it’s clear that Jeep is keen to maintain its dominance in the D-UV segment and keep customers happy with new and improved features. Time will tell if these new engines can help the Commander retain its position as a segment leader.
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