August 26, 2005
Commander is first Jeep with three rows of seats
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Auburn Hills, Michigan – The all-new Jeep Commander, to be introduced in the first quarter of 2006, will be the first Jeep to offer three rows of seats that accommodate seven people, said DaimlerChrysler. It will also be the only SUV in its class to offer two V8 engines and a diesel V6.
The Commander shares its 4×4 system, suspension and powertrains with the Grand Cherokee. It will be available with a 3.0-litre V6 CRD (common rail diesel) based on Mercedes-Benz technology, as well as 4.7-litre and 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engines. The Hemi features Multi-Displacement System (MDS) which de-activates half the cylinders when not required, increasing fuel economy by up to 20 per cent. The Commander will be built in Detroit, Michigan for the North American market, while European vehicles will be built at the Magna Steyr manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.