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Posted by mike on 2007/7/3 7:04:00 (5513) reads

Autoblog has a quick article about how the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit is being upgraded to soon build both the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee (they'll soon share a common platform).

The Commander is currently built at Jefferson North - but may not be for long:

The Durango/Aspen will evidently share a platform with the Grand Cherokee, while the absence of the soon-to-be-cancelled Commander will free up plenty of space at the Jefferson North plant for all three models, and possibly the yet-to-be-named JC49 crossover.

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Posted: 2007/7/3 12:43  Updated: 2007/7/3 12:43
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From: glendale,az
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 Re: More Rumors about Commander Getting the Axe
I don't see the grandcherokee name being dropped as consumers wanted a 3rd row grand cherokee 3 years ago and got the small commander instead. The new Grand will be on the GM tahoe plattform asthe Durango and aspen..Look for styling cues from the trailhawk concept! for more info


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Posted: 2007/7/3 9:43  Updated: 2007/7/3 9:43
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From: Peoria
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 Re: More Rumors about Commander Getting the Axe
We all knew this was coming. It is sort of sad to see yet another Jeep share a platform with Dodge and Chysler as that only leaves the Wrangler a totally unique Jeep vehicle. I think the Grand Cherokee will get bigger and this is my thought. Maybe they will keep the boxy styling of the Commander since the rest of the line had gone that way. And maybe they will drop the Grand Cherokee name and call the new vehicle the Commander and it will be a true 7 passenger SUV.

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Posted: 2007/7/3 16:13  Updated: 2007/7/3 16:13
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 Re: More Rumors about Commander Getting the Axe
As much as I like the Commander's styling over the Grand's... if what you suggested (drop the GC name and call it Commander) they'd be talking about dropping the GC, not the Commander... So no, the big boxy Commander is going to go away unfortunately. The next gen GC may look more like the Commander (I really haven't heard any rumors about styling yet), but it'll keep the GC name.

IMHO the only possible good that could come of this is moving the GC to a BOF (body on frame) design like the Durango, though what's more likely is they'll shift the Durango to the uniframe design like the GC.

All around I think it's a bad idea though. If anything I think they need to drop the GC, drop the Aspen, keep the Commander, and put the Dakota, Durango, and Commander on a common BOF platform. Upsize the Commander to at least the size of the Durango so it's a more suitable Jeep-branded tow vehicle, stick the new baby V6 Cummins under the hood, and watch the sales roll in.

The problem with sharing the Durango and GC is DCX, er, Chryco, has been trying to upsize the Durango to finally play with the Tahoe and Expedition, but the GC has always been a smallish mid-size luxury SUV, smaller than even the old Durango. I think it'll be hard for them to find a common platform/chassis to share btwn the two very different vehicles unless they downsize the Durango (smaller, uniframe) or upsize the GC (bigger, BOF). Problem with a BOF GC is it's competing against uniframe luxo-utes, most of which are already IRS too...
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