American carmaker Jeep has finally released the first teaser images of its upcoming Toyota Fortuner rivalling 7-seater SUV for Brazil, which will also come to our shore. The teaser confirms that the name of the SUV will end with 'ER', suggesting that it will be called Commander. However, this name couldn't be the case for the Indian market as it is already trademarked by Mahindra for one of its old jeeps. It could be named as 'Patriot' for our market.
The teaser also reveals some design highlights of the upcoming SUV. It is likely to get Jeep's traditional seven-slot grille with chrome studded pattern flanked by sleeker LED headlamps, which looks similar to the new Grand Cherokee. While it will share its platform with the 5-seater Jeep Compass, it would feature its own unique design. However, it is likely to retain most of the features from Compass, such as Jeep's latest UConnect 5 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car technology, digital driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, powered seats, ventilated front seats, full-LED lighting, a panoramic sunroof, premium sound system, etc.
It could also get a few additional techs as well, including the Autonomous Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), comprising advanced safety features like lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring system, autonomous emergency braking, and many more.
Jeep is yet to reveal the engine options for the upcoming 7-seater SUV but its Indian-spec version is likely to get 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol (from Jeep Wrangler) and 2.0-litre diesel engine (from Compass but in a higher state of tune) options. Transmission choices could include an 8-speed automatic gearbox for petrol, and a 6-speed manual/9-speed automatic for the diesel unit. It is likely to be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants.
In terms of pricing, this 7-seater Jeep SUV is expected to be priced between Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom). On arrival to Indian shores, it will rival the likes of Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Mahindra Alturas G4, and the Ford Endeavour.