Brazilians have gotten their first look at the new Jeep Commander with three rows of seating. Commander is based on Jeep Compass, but it has a longer body, a more upright rear end to accommodate a third row of seats, and distinctive styling to help it stand out from the Compass.

A mild-hybrid 200hp 2.0-litre diesel engine will power the Jeep Meridian India-spec SUV when it goes on sale in 2022.

Jeep Commander (Meridian): design changes compared to the Compass

This SUV’s design is more akin to its larger SUV siblings, such as the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L, despite being based on the smaller Compass. Included in this are a front grille with the top section folded backwards along with chrome accents on top of the windows. In addition to the rectangular full-LED headlamp and slim taillamps, Jeep’s new generation Grand Cherokee has a similar window-line.

Also unique to the Commander, the bumper features large faux vents with LED fog lamps and DRLs, a chrome strip across the fascia, as well as a skid plate element.

As seen from the side, the rear quarter windows are much larger, and the rear overhang is also longer than the Compass. The tailgate has also been raised. However, previous teasers have also hinted at variants with slightly different bumper designs.

There are some cabin elements that are shared between the Jeep Commander (Meridian) and the Compass.

A digital instrument cluster and a free-standing touch screen are standard in the cabin. However, metallic trim inserts and suede fabric inserts on the dashboard are different from the Compass. However, the lower backrest does have a diamond patterning. Jeep 1941 is embossed into the front centre armrest, which adds a unique design element.

Detailed information on the Jeep Commander (Meridian).

Reports suggest a 2.0-litre diesel and a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol flex-fuel engine could be part of the South American’s engine lineup.

Launch details for the Jeep Commander (Meridian) in India

Jeep will sell the 7-seater SUV as the Commander in South American markets, but it will be called the Meridian in India when it arrives in the second half of 2022. According to reports, Mahindra had previously used the Commander name in India, and Jeep wanted to avoid any possible association between its three-row SUV and the older Mahindra.

This new model will also be made in Canada, just like the Compass, and will be powered by a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission. There will be mild-hybrid technology in the diesel engine.