In North America, Jeep® bid farewell to the D-UV segment with the discontinuation of the Jeep Cherokee (KL). However, in South America, the Brazilian-built seven-passenger Commander (H1) continues to dominate the segment. As it heads into the 2024 model year, Jeep is ensuring the Commander’s success with a minor update.
Currently, the Commander offers two engine options. Customers can choose between a turbocharged 1.3-liter ‘Firefly’ inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine compatible with ethanol, known as the FireFly, or opt for the 2.0-liter Multijet II turbodiesel inline-four engine. Now, with the introduction of the all-new Ram Rampage, a platform mate to the Commander, the D-UV is set to adopt the popular turbocharged 2.0-liter ‘Hurricane4’ inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine from the Stellantis Global Medium Engine (GME) family.
For those opting for the 1.3-liter engine, it will continue to be available in the lineup, powering the entry-level Commander Longitude model with standard front-wheel drive (4×2) and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This ensures a broad spectrum of choices for automotive enthusiasts in Brazil.
The Hurricane4 powertrain will have flex-fuel capability, accommodating Brazil’s preference for E-100 fuel. This advanced engine will deliver 272 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. It guarantees top-tier performance, is constructed entirely of aluminum, and is equipped with direct injection and double variable valve control.
To showcase its performance potential, Jeep will introduce the engine on the premium Limited and Overland models and unveil a brand-new model, the Commander BlackHawk. All three models will come with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive (4×4).
To emphasize its performance-oriented design, the BlackHawk will feature dark accents akin to the recently introduced Dark Pack on the Compass Longitude (similar to the North American market Compass Altitude). This trim includes 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, Gloss Black exterior badges and accents, a black-painted roof, and a bright exhaust tip. The interior boasts black premium cloth/vinyl seats with black stitching, a premium-wrapped steering wheel, Piano Black accents, and a black headliner.
The 2024 Jeep Compass BlackHawk is set to arrive in Brazilian showrooms later this year.