A new teaser video all but confirms it.
Jeep has been working on a new version of the Compass for some time now, with the SUV scheduled to arrive as a 2022 model. Leaked photos and teaser images have given us an idea of how the vehicle will look, but we do expect that it won't be identical to the one that the Chinese market gets. Now, Jeep of Brazil has released a teaser video of the new vehicle, and with it, we get some clarity on a big rumor.
Stories doing the rounds have suggested that Jeep would revive the Commander name in the States, although it already exists as a seven-seater in China, and as you'll see below, those rumors seem to hold water.
Sadly, the video doesn't reveal too much beyond the grille and the shape of the headlights, but that fleeting shot of the badge showing the letter E and R seems to confirm that the Commander name will be applied to the seven-seater version of the new Compass. Being based on the Compass should mean that the new Commander that America gets will be much better to drive and less thirsty for fuel than the old, boxy Commander that nobody really liked unless they were on an off-road trail. The modern Commander will be far more self-aware and should be better to live with on a daily basis.
We expect that the Commander, if that is indeed what Jeep chooses to name its small new seven-seater, will carry much over from the Compass, including front- and four-wheel drive options and the same engines as that vehicle. Inside, the same theme will likely continue, so you should get a 10.25-inch digital driver display and a choice of two infotainment screen sizes: 8.4- and 10.1-inch. However, if Jeep intends to market this as a more luxurious vehicle, we may see improvements over the regular Compass. We'll have to wait for the official release to know for sure, but either way, we're glad to see that the Commander name may be used in a better product this time around.