Soccer moms and adventure tour guides everywhere can now rejoice in unison – Jeep is finally releasing a seven passenger SUV! As a company that makes it’s living by selling SUV’s – two thirds of its entire product line are– Jeep needed a third-row offering to stay in the game, and they needed it bad. We are happy to announce that the 2006 Jeep Commander was worth the wait.
Jeep started the build of the Commander by drawing on the strengths and history of nearly the entire Jeep lineage. Starting with the venerable Grand Cherokee, two inches were added to the rear of the vehicle, which gave the designers the room they needed to bolt in that third seat. Rather than simply creating a longer Grand Cherokee, Jeep wanted to develop an entirely new product, and one with a distinct, yet historical character. The stylists looked back through Jeep’s history books and drew upon the Willys Station Wagons of the 40’s and 50’s, the Wagoneer of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the Cherokee of the 80’s and 90’s as inspiration for the Commander’s styling.
The Commanders boxy appearance is the result of Jeep’s intention to portray simplicity and strength. We think it works. People who liked the old Jeep Cherokee stand a good chance of liking the Commander. For those that don’t like what they have seen in pictures, understand that the Commander is not a very photogenic vehicle. The lines and proportions work much better in person to create a distinctively utilitarian look.
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