Fiat Chrysler’s forthcoming three-row crossover for the Chinese market – the Jeep Grand Commander – was spotted on the streets near Car and Driver‘s Ann Arbor, Michigan office, wearing nothing in the way of obfuscating camouflage or padding to mask its design. Aesthetically similar to the Jeep Yuntu concept (pictured) shown in Shanghai last April, the Jeep Grand Commander is said to be based on the Cherokee’s platform, although it’s clearly a far larger family hauler.
The future Jeep Grand Commander isn’t expected to be offered in the US market, and the similarly-sized Jeep Wagoneer – a premium large, three-row SUV slated to arrive within the next few years – will use an entirely different design, eschewing unibody construction and riding on a true, honest-to-goodness truck frame donated by the Ram 1500. It should slot in above the likes of the Jeep Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee in China, giving buyers in that market a larger, more premium crossover to choose from.
What will power the forthcoming Jeep Grand Commander is unknown, but C/D says that FCA is expected to pack the engine bay with its new turbocharged, 2.0-liter I4. The engine is good for up to 270 horsepower in the 2018 Wrangler JL and the 2019 Cherokee. Fiat Chrysler’s newfound penchant for stuffing BAS hybrid systems in new vehicles could also help shape the powertrain.
To see the forthcoming Jeep Grand Commander for yourself, head on over to the Car and Driver website. The new three-row crossover is expected to bow in Beijing next month, going on sale later in the year as a 2019 model.
But again, not in the US.