Last month, the Jeep® brand released a teaser for its new D-segment SUV which the brand expects to launch in certain markets around the globe. Based on a stretched version of the Small-Wide 4×4 architecture that underpins vehicles like the Jeep Compass and Fiat Toro, Jeep teased the name of the new vehicle in a short 19-second video.
Internally known as “Project 598”, the first teaser showcased a quick glimpse of the letters “E” and “R”. But for those who have a keen ear, you have noticed that Jeep hid a Morse Code pattern behind the trailer’s music. That’s right if you put headphones on you can hear the clicking of dashes and dots spelling out C-O-M-M-A-N-D-E-R (-.-. — — — .- -. -.. . .-.). Gotta love Jeep and their Easter eggs!
In its latest teaser, Jeep Brazil has officially confirmed the Commander nameplate for the new D-SUV. For those who follow the Jeep brand outside North America, you might be familiar with the China-exclusive Jeep Grand Commander (K8). The Grand Commander is based on a stretched version of the Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) architecture that also underpins the current Jeep Cherokee (KL). The Grand Commander offers both 5 or 7 passenger seating and built by GAC-FCA, a joint venture between Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) which is now Stellantis.
Upon its launch, the 5 passenger version including the 5 passenger plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Grand Commander was dubbed just Commander. A nameplate the North American market is familiar with, which ran on the Grand Cherokee (WK) from 2006 to 2010. The North American Jeep Commander (XK) was the first-ever Jeep three-row SUV and continues to this day to be a Jeep that most Jeep diehards continue to love and overland.
However, this past year, Jeep China did away with the Commander 5 passenger and 5 passenger PHEV nameplate in favor of adding the ‘Grand’ part to the title of the lower-level models.
In the new teaser video, the Jeep brand gives us more hints at the exterior styling of the new Commander. Showing us a very similar design language to the new Compass, Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and Grand Commander, the new Commander blends elements of all of these new vehicles into a new three-row D-SUV.
For those who are looking for another Easter egg, the new teaser introduces its newest Easter egg through a guitar lick, the brand presents a Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical pattern widely found in nature, the original habitat of Jeep. It is in this mood that the details of the rear with LED flashlights and the silhouette are being unveiled, delivering the size of the model, which will have seven seats and will occupy the premium segment, with more sophistication, innovation, and exclusivity for Jeep customers.
The new Jeep Commander (H1) for Brazil, will be released in the second half of this year and built at the Jeep® Automotive Pole in Pernambuco, Brazil. It will be joined by an Indian-built version dubbed (H6).