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Jeep Commander pays attention to comfort and style but won't bomb the fuel bill

By unknown | Jan 24, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

The Jeep Commander is here - for the first time - in Limited and Sport models.

It's got three-row seating for up to seven occupants and is available with Common Rail Diesel (CRD) power .

"Since the launch in May, the Commander has proved to be very popular with the buyers of seven-seat SUVs," said DaimlerChrysler's Guy Franken.

"Last month the Commander sold more than 80 units. With the addition of the diesel power plant to the range, sales of the large Jeep are set to grow further," he said.

Using the familiar 3,0 litre V6 diesel from the Grand Cherokee range, the Commander now features the much-anticipated "next-generation" power unit from DaimlerChrysler. It produces class-leading levels of power and torque, provides immense towing ability, but registers efficient fuel economy.

The engine is based on the latest DaimlerChrysler technology - Bosch high-pressure fuel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves for each cylinder. Needless to say, the new V6 engine meets Euro 4 emission standards.

Maximum power is an impressive 160kW and peak torque is a massive 510Nm available from 1600rpm to 4000rpm. The Commander diesel now offers performance similar to its HEMI V8-powered sibling.

The Commander's roof provides second and third-row occupants with plenty of headroom.

Complementing the front -mounted sun roof is CommandView, the new and innovative skylights - complete with shades - over the second row of seats. CommandView is available as standard on the Limited version.

For comfort, the Commander has, in addition to the usual heating, a ventilation and air-conditioning system for the back seats.

It is fully independent of the front system and feeds warmed or cooled air to a single floor-level outlet and two circular rotating outlets on each side of the rear trim.


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