2006 Jeep Commander Articles & Reviews
Hills - Its name is Jeep Commander, yet the newest member of the Jeep
vehicle family could just as easily answer to "vanguard."
That's because the all-new 2006 Jeep Commander - classic in
design, engineered to perform as only Jeep vehicles can, the first with three
rows of seats, and equipped with advanced safety technologies - is the leading
edge of a Jeep product offensive scheduled for the next few years.
"The 2006 Jeep Commander is significant for a number of
reasons," said Jeff Bell, Vice President Jeep, Chrysler Group. "First,
Commander signals our commitment to remain the leader in the sport-utility
market, a market that Jeep invented more than 60 years ago. This is the first
seven-passenger 4x4 that is Jeep Trail Rated. Second, Commander is the only SUV
in its class to offer two V-8 engines. In addition, the Jeep Commander expands
and strengthens what is already a stellar lineup, consisting of the Wrangler,
Liberty and Grand Cherokee. And finally, the all-new Jeep Commander initiates
the expansion of the Jeep vehicle lineup that will take place during the second
half of this decade."
Exterior Design, Complemented by An All-New Interior
In developing the 2006 Jeep Commander, designers looked to past Jeep vehicles
for inspiration: the Willys Station Wagons (1946 to 1962), the Jeep Wagoneer
(1963 to 1991) and especially the Jeep Cherokee (1984 to 2001). All were
classically Jeep in appearance, with sharp lines, planar surfaces and rugged
looks. The 2006 Jeep Commander is a modern interpretation of that design ethic.
The Jeep Commander's upright windshield, backlite and rear end, as well as
its more vertical body sides and side glass, embody the vehicle's classic Jeep
styling. Even the side-view mirrors are blocky and stout. Overall, Commander
looks strong and confident because of its military bearing - upright and rugged.
And because it is steeped in heritage Jeep design, the Commander looks
familiar and new at the same time. This tension between past and present engages
Jeep Cherokee is an authentic, classic shape that is rooted in the public
consciousness," said Donald A. Renkert, Senior Manager, Jeep Studio,
Chrysler Group Product Design Office. "By reinterpreting that vehicle, and
other classic Jeep vehicles of the past, the Jeep Commander elicited nods of
recognition from consumers, even though it is a brand new vehicle. There is a
sense of deja vu about the Jeep Commander that brings knowing smiles of
satisfaction." The satisfaction continues inside the vehicle, where
attention to detail is evident. For example, the two-tone instrument panel is a
design unique to Commander. From the gear shift knob, to the four round gauges
that make up the instrument cluster, to the new steering wheel, Commander is
refined and uniquely Jeep in appearance.
newly designed seats are supportive and comfortable. And, for the first time in
a Jeep vehicle, there are three rows of them, each row slightly higher than the
one in front of it. This distinctive stadium seating arrangement makes forward
viewing easier. The second and third row seats fold forward to create a flat
load floor. Commander is only two inches longer than the 2005 Jeep Grand
Cherokee, even though it is designed to accommodate three rows of seats. And
since they have the same wheelbase (109.5 inches), Commander is as maneuverable
and off-road capable as the Grand Cherokee.
The Jeep Commander's stepped roof provides second and third row occupants
with plenty of head room. Complementing the available front-mounted sun roof is
Command-View™, new and innovative skylights (complete with shades) over
the second row of seats.
Engineered to Go Anywhere, Do Anything
Class-leading off-road capability and on-road refinement were mandatory for the
Jeep Commander. So the Jeep team went to the head of the class: They provided
Commander with the same 4x4 systems, suspension and powertrains as the
award-winning 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including an independent front
suspension and rack and pinion steering. Available on Commander are:
- Three full-time four-wheel drive systems, Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II®
and Quadra-Drive II®
- Two transfer cases offering Brake Traction Control System (BTCS), and
Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (ELSD) for best-in-class tractive
- Three available engines: the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with the
Multi-Displacement System, the 4.7-liter SOHC Power Tech V-8, and the
3.7-liter SOHC Power Tech V-6 engine
"The on-road refinement and off-road capability of the 2005 Jeep Grand
Cherokee are key reasons why it was named 4x4 of the Year by 4-Wheel &
Off-Road magazine," said Craig Love, Vice President, Rear-Wheel Drive
Product Team. "Now, the only vehicle on the market with the same pedigree
is the all-new Jeep Commander."
Safety and Security Designed in from the Beginning Like all Chrysler
Group vehicles, the 2006 Jeep Commander is designed to improve not only handling
and accident avoidance, but also to provide excellent crash protection. Jeep
Commander is the first Chrysler Group vehicle with electronic roll mitigation.
Using input from multiple sensors, the system deploys the air bags in certain
rollover scenarios, as well as side impact events. Crash protection features
available on the Jeep Commander include advanced multi-stage air bags with an
Occupant Classification System, available side curtain air bags, seat belts
equipped with pretensioners and digressive load limiting retractors, and
BeltAlert®, a buckle-up reminder system for the driver.
Crash avoidance features on the 2006 Jeep Commander include standard
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and an
All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS). A tire pressure monitoring system,
ParkSense™, (rear park assist), Uconnect™ hands-free communications,
DVD-based navigation system, SmartBeam® headlamps and rain sensitive wipers
provide additional safety and security on the road.
Jeep Trail Rated The Jeep Trail Rated badge on the 2006 Jeep Commander
shows that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging
off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance
categories: Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, Articulation and Water
Jeep Trail Rated is an industry-leading methodology established by the Nevada
Automotive Test Center (NATC) and Jeep Engineering to objectively measure and
consistently predict off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles today and into
the future. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, as well
as computer simulated environments, Jeep Trail Rated provides a repeatable and
consistent measurement of off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep
vehicles are Trail Rated.
Source: DaimlerChrysler MediaServices
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Jeep Commander 2
Can a Jeep® merge an advanced fuel cell powertrain in a luxury sport-utility vehicle that is virtually pollution-free, while achieving double the fuel economy of a conventional SUV? Commander 2 offers advanced design and
Jeep Commander - Jeep.com
Introducing the first Jeep 4x4 with seven-passenger comfort. A Jeep 4x4 that lets you pack more stuff with our most spacious interior ever, bring more people with third-row seating, and go more places with one-of-a-kind Trail Rated™ Jeep capability. The all-new Jeep Commander. It's the next big idea in Jeep 4x4s.
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2006 Jeep Commander Midsize SUV, Available: Fall 2005
Group Begins Production of Jeep(R) Commander in Detroit
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 28 -- The Chrysler Group is today marking the manufacturing launch of the all-new 2006 Jeep(R) Commander at the Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant, which has been the home of the Jeep Grand Cherokee since 1992. Commander is the fourth model in the current Jeep brand line up, along with the Toledo-built Wrangler and Liberty.
Begins Production of Jeep Commander - Motor Trend News
The all-new 2006 Jeep Commander will lead Jeep's product offensive plan for the next few years. There's no mistaking its classic Jeep design outside, while inside, the Commander is engineered to perform as only Jeep vehicles can. It's also the first Jeep vehicle with three rows of seats (designers found room for the third row by squaring its shoulders and making its greenhouse more
Please say this is not the Jeep Commander
A website called XKJeeps.com has leaked pictures of the 2006 Jeep Commander and we wish it wasn’t real. Most of the reports coming in say that it is the real thing and we can’t believe it, it’s just that bad. Looks like something that would have debuted in 1985.
Model Preview - 2006 Jeep Commander - MSN Autos
Jeep rolled into the full-size SUV segment at the New York auto show with its new 2006 Commander, the first Jeep with 7-passenger seating wrapped in an exterior package that looks remarkably like the original Jeep Cherokee. The exterior shape is very square and vertical, characterized by an upright windshield, vertical back glass and straight sides, capped off with the signature Jeep seven-slot grille.
New York Auto Show: 2006 Jeep Commander
Have you ever longed for a day when you could take six of your closest friends on a serious off-roading trip? Heck, haven't we all dreamed of such a day? Well, the designers at Jeep apparently do, and the answer to our prayers is the 2006 Jeep Commander, the newest member of the trail-rated family that debuted at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.
of Cherokee: 2006 Jeep Commander - AutomotiveArticles.com
Visitors of the 2005 New York International Auto Show may have thought they saw a ghost the second they stepped into the Jeep display area. A ghost of the last Jeep Cherokee, that is. In an attempt to return to its “classic” design, and appease those who haven’t exactly been pleased with the soft look of the current Liberty, Jeep has come up with this boxy version of the current Grand Cherokee called the Commander. Think of it as a Grand Grand Cherokee with carbon copy looks of the old Cherokee.
Confused? That makes two of us.
Line: Jeep Commander Set for Overseas Production in Austria
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The 2006 Commander, Jeep's new three-row SUV, will go into production in early 2006 at the Magna Steyr manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, to support sales in Europe and markets outside of North America, the company said in a statement Thursday.
The Commander will make its European debut at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Chrysler Group also builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300C, Chrysler Voyager and Grand Voyager at the Austrian plant.