Jeep has announced pricing for the Grand Commander, their new seven-seat flagship for the Chinese car market. The Grand Commander will launch in April with a price ranging from 239.900 to 330.800 yuan ($38.120 – 52.580).
The Grand Commander is the production version of the Jeep Yuntu Concept. It is manufactured by the Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture. It will be positioned above the locally made Jeep Cherokee. Chinese name of the Grand Commander is Da Zhihuigan, literally Big Commander’.
In China, the Grand Commander will compete with cars like the Volkswagen Teramont, the Ford Edge, and the Toyota Highlander.
Power comes from the GME-T4 2.0 turbo that also powers the new Jeep Wrangler. There will be a version with 234 hp and one with 265 hp, both mated to a nine-speed automatic, sending horses to all four wheels.
Size: 4873/1892/1738, and wheelbase is 2800.
Trim levels will include Summit, Longitude, and Limited.
Design wise it seems to be a mix of Cherokee and Compass, with a bit of Renegade. The result is not bad; design is balanced, modern, and recognizable as a Jeep.
The old Commander XK (without ‘Grand’) was officially imported into China, but sales were slow because the taxes on the big engines made it expensive. Here is a green example on a period photo in front of a Jeep dealer with pretty lady in yellow.
And here is one I saw on the street yesterday in Beijing, with Shanxi-province license plates.