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Jeep unveils first glimpse of its new 7-seater India-bound SUV

The locally-built SUV by Jeep will feature its own design and is decided to launch in 2022

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  • Jeep’s new 7-seater SUV seems to be ready with its all new SUV and will likely be  unveil in 2021.
  • The launch teaser points at the  Commander moniker for Brazil, but it will get a different name in India.
  • Speculated to have  ADAS safety features and premium cabin comforts like powered front seats and panoramic sunroof.
  • Expected engine options for India include Wrangler’s 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and Compass’ 2.0-litre diesel engine, albeit in a higher state of tune.
  • Will compete with high-end SUV like  the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.

The new Jeep 7-seater SUV had its first teaser back in 2018.  With manufacturer just releasing the first official teaser of the car for Brazil, we got hands on some details regarding the upcoming product. As per the teaser, we are shown the last letter of its name badge to be ‘ER,’ which suggests that it will be called the Commander in the Brazilian market.

Jeep can not call its new SUV by the name Commander as this name is still under trademark with Mahindra  for one of its old jeeps. Even tough the name for this 7-seater, ‘Patriot’, is available to Jeep in India but there are high chances that the carmaker could still choose a different moniker for the 7-seater here. For now, its official codename to be the H6.

The teaser gave a nice profound glimpse of the upcoming SUV’s grille and headlamp design. The carmaker had already stated that it would feature its own unique design which will be different from the Compass and the China-only Grand Commander’s designs.

It seems to inculcate  the iconic seven-slot grille but with a studded design pattern that is seen similar to the one seen on the new Grand Cherokee, which is also destined for India in 2022.The sleek headlamps are slimmer than the grille all the way around, unlike the ones on the Compass which get wider away from the grille. It has been spied a few times but always under heavy camouflage, so not much is known about the rest of the design details.

Jeep announced that this model will be manufactured in India with the launch scheduled for 2022, but it could be unveiled in 2021 in South America. Just like its previous model  Compass, the new 7-seater could also be imported to other right-hand markets from Jeep’s Ranjangaon manufacturing plant in India.

The Jeep H6 is expected to be offered in India with 2.0-litre diesel and 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engines. While the turbo-petrol unit will likely be borrowed from the Wrangler Unlimited, the diesel engine could be an uprated version of the one found in the Compass (172PS/350Nm).

Furthermore, the Jeep could offer the petrol option with only the 8-speed automatic and the diesel engine will likely get the choice of 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic transmissions. A 4×4 drivetrain is certain but 4×2 drivetrain variants are likely to be available as the more affordable options.

Talking about the features, the Jeep 7-seater is speculated to be well-equipped. It could feature the usual array of creature comforts such as multi-zone climate control, large digital displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate and power-adjustable front seats.

The H6 seems to offer some ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) tech such as lane assist, blind spot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking for increased safety.

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