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Posted by mike on 2004/6/15 0:00:00 (1104) reads

Disguised Jeep photo showing the Jeep Commander?

Thanks to numerous readers for letting us know that the July, 2004 issue of Popular Mechanics (print edition only, so far) has a photo of a heavily disguised stretched Jeep in its "Detroit Spy Report" section. Here's a snippet of the text that goes along with the small photo:

This appears to be a stretched Jeep Cherokee prototype in the full armor. But what you see may not be what Jeep has planned. In fact, this is a new design for Jeep. Despite that over-the-top cover-up, it's possible to spot a number of features that help indicate the vehicles true shape. First, if you look carefully, you se the angle of the windshield is more upright than that of the newly introduced Grand Cherokee.
The text goes on to mention the vehicles longer rear overhang past the rear wheels - indicating possible space for a 3rd row of seats.

The Detroit News has the exact same photo - note that the caption of the photo says that it is indeed, the Jeep Commander. A snippet from the article says:
The Jeep Commander is 4.5 inches taller than the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee and more square and upright, “bearing some resemblance to GM’s Hummer H2,” Bruynesteyn wrote. It will share the same underpinnings as the Grand Cherokee, but will have three rows of seats and should debut during the third quarter of 2005, he said.
Be sure to check out the entire article and photo.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Carl
I agree. If they ever come out with a RESCUE like vehicle.. i'd be very interested in picking one up.

I have a TJ, and will keep the TJ... but have a need for a larger second vehicle so the RESCUE would fit quite nicely in my driveway...

Would have to banish the Cherokee to the curb... would still keep it since it's paid for.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
i can't wait! too long coming, anyone know a release date? anyone know of the features offered/$$$?
what was up w/ the scrambler article yesterday???

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeremy
Go to www.thecarconnection.com and select the spy shots option from the Drivers menu. There is a spy shot of the new Commander and a snippet of info.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
This vehicle will be priced above the Grand Cherokee and is designed to compete against other full-sized SUVs. It most likely will not have removable doors :-) To have removable doors you have to keep the doors light, to keep the doors light you have to cut down on sound insulation.

The RESCUE definitely should be built, but this is not it.


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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
This is it folk's, the Rescue concept!
You can see it under the fabric cover. The upright windshield and very boxy. If you look close you can even make out the profile of the upright grill. The only thing that bothers me is the comparison to Hummer like Jeep is copying them!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
hummers start @ 55k with nothing, average is 65k+, what a cheaper suv, get a kia!

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: holy cow
Mid priced jeeps? I priced a loaded grand cherokee overland and they wanted $45K, heck thats in the range of a hummer....now most of the jeeps are mid priced but they do have higher priced ones.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
affording the commander yeah, jeep prides itself on having their vehicles be mid priced, doubt they are leaving that comfort zone. maybe they should and give land rover a run for it!
i doubt also this will in any way resemble the rescue. the rescue was a boxy beefy off road beast, not a 7 passenger burb mobile. not a bad thing just not the rescue. i'm just happy thta jeep will have another vehicle to choose from, the unlimited is nice but the everyday guy that sees it on the road doesn't notice anything different...maybe the commander will be special in it's own way. look forward to more pics...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: different
The photo in the Detroit paper is an old one. The picture in the Popular Mechanics is different and it does have a more Rescue look to it than this. I'm sure we won't get something exactly like the Rescue, but if it has a Wrangler like front end with 4 doors that come off, I will be camping out at the dealership waiting for it to come out.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XK
Keep in mind that the Commander will take "design elements" from the Rescue concept, it will NOT be the Rescue. ( If you remember, the Liberty used "design elements" from the Dakar and the Jeepster concepts.) It also will NOT, however, just be a stretched Grand in the form that Chevy took with the Trail Blazer, either.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
I can't think of a quicker way to loose money that to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland new off the lot! That $45,000 Jeep will be worth what when you drive it off the lot? A much better value would be a GC in the low twenties with the same warranty and most of the same basic features.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Cherokee grrl
Call me old fashioned, but the Liberty is a Chrysler sellout that barely deserves the name Jeep, the TJ is a lego toy, and the Grand Cherokee though pretty cool to look at, is just a vamped up, pretty burb mobile. Combine the best features of all the above with a healthy dose of Cherokee reliability and longevity, and the Commander will be a success. The Commander ... hmmm... a Cherokee on steroids? YEAH! (Oh and by the way Chrysler, Bring Back The Cherokee!!)

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Stephanie
I really liked the Rescue concept vehicle because it still seems to be quite trail worthy. This Commander, the Liberty and the newer models of the Grand Cherokee are getting to be more and more of a luxury vehicle and less and less of the 4 wheeling technology is going into them. I'm not even totally sure that I like the Wrangler Unlimited. I have a TJ and one of the nicer things about it is that its so small that I can sneak inbetween rocks. I really hope that Jeep doen't sell out to the gas guzzling, soccer mom, SUV trend. Jeep was on the right track with the Rubicons and thats the type of vehicle I hope to see them develop further in the future

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: comment
affording the commander yeah, jeep prides itself on having their vehicles be mid priced, doubt they are leaving that comfort zone. maybe they should and give land rover a run for it!
i doubt also this will in any way resemble the rescue. the rescue was a boxy beefy off road beast, not a 7 passenger burb mobile. not a bad thing just not the rescue. i'm just happy thta jeep will have another vehicle to choose from, the unlimited is nice but the everyday guy that sees it on the road doesn't notice anything different...maybe the commander will be special in it's own way. look forward to more pics...

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jon
Yes, everyone needs to remember that the Rescue was a concept so any production vehicle is not going to be exactly like it but I believe it will have the same basic design elements of the Rescue concept. I remember reading in several different articles that the 7 seat Jeep was NOT going to be a streched Grand Cherokee but an new vehicle. I would say if the Commander has a Wrangler like front end and is boxy with fender flares we will have a winner. I believe that is what everyone really wants. Now, will we be able to afford one.......??

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Carl
I disagree, even with all the fabric covering the body this doesn't look like the RESCUE.

- The front and rear wheelwells aren't "Wrangler" like enough to be the RESCUE concept.

- The space between the rear door and the rear bumper is too long to be like the RESCUE concept.

- The space between the front wheelwell and the front bumper is too great to be like the RESCUE concept.

- The rear hatch is curved, like the Grand. The RESCUE was straight up and down.

- The windshield has curve to it, the RESCUE had a flat windshield like the Wrangler.

Don't get your hopes up.

This is nothing more than a stretched Grand Cherokee with 3rd row seating capabilities.

Not only that but this spy photo is old.
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