Jeep Is Taking Its Biggest Model Yet To China - Maxim

Bow Before the King of Jeeps, the All-New Grand Commander

It's the off-road mega SUV we never knew we needed.
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Jeep Grand Commander render

Jeep wants to let its Chinese customers take friends off roading with them, and they'll be able to do so in the upcoming Grand Commander, a three-row SUV with seating for seven.

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This family-friendly Jeep is expected to appear in the metal at the Beijing Motor Show in April, but for now the company has officially released these computer renderings of the Grand Commander.

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However, industrious Tycho de Feijter, of CarNewsChina.com, uncovered these photos of the real thing and posted them last week.

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The Grand Commander will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission, according to Jeep's Chinese web site.

The company builds Jeeps in China in a partnership with the Guangzhou Automotive Group (GAC), which showed its cars on the main exhibit hall at this year's North American International Auto Show.

1978 Jeep Wagoneer Limited

1978 Jeep Wagoneer Limited

Jeep has announced plans for a three-row U.S.-market model to be called the Grand Wagoneer as a revival for that popular nameplate from the '80s.

2009 Jeep Commander

2009 Jeep Commander

"Commander" is a name Jeep used in the early aughts for a previous attempt at building a three-row SUV. That vehicle's third row was so cramped that the Commander wasn't really useful for its intended purpose of hauling kids, so it met a quick demise. The upcoming iteration of the Grand Wagoneer will surely reflect lessons learned from the Commander.

h/t: CarNewsChina