This edition of JeepNewsNow.com sponsored by:
 
CommanderJeep Commander Coverage: Day 3
Posted by mike on 2005/3/26 0:00:00 (618) reads

A press release discusses the motivation behind the look of the Commander.

2006 Jeep Commander

(from a DaimlerChrysler press release)

When Jeep® designers set out to create an all-new SUV - the first Jeep vehicle with three rows of seats - they were not asked to think outside the box. Instead, they were handed an even bigger challenge: create a better box.

They looked to some classic Jeep vehicles for inspiration: the Willys Station Wagons (1946 to1962), the Jeep Wagoneer (1963 to 1991), and especially the Jeep Cherokee (1984 to 2001). Although different in many ways, those vehicles also had important similarities: taut lines, sharp angles and flat surfaces. Those elements survive today in the Jeep Wrangler, which, as a direct descendent of the 4x4 military Jeep of World War II, remains the icon of the Jeep brand.

From this incomparable Jeep heritage was conceived an SUV with classic Jeep styling in an unmistakably modern package: the 2006 Jeep Commander.

"The Jeep Commander is a fresh expression of the essence of Jeep design," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President, Chrysler Group Design. "It springs from the archetypical Jeep vocabulary, executed in a more architectural and mechanical manner. This vehicle is clearly constructed primarily from the same aesthetic as two classic Jeep icons: the Wrangler and Cherokee. As a result, Jeep Commander is the modern, quintessential Jeep."

The 2006 Jeep Commander looks not so much styled as constructed, as if it were hewn from marble with a hammer and chisel. The result is a design that is simple, strong and purpose-built, with no fussy details. The vehicle has a military bearing: upright and rugged. About two inches longer and nearly four inches taller than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Commander is imposing without being intimidating.

There are two models: Commander and Commander Limited. Standard on both models is the signature Jeep seven-slot grille: body color on Commander, and chrome on the Limited. The grille is anchored at both ends by distinctive headlamp assemblies. The stacked headlamps are circular and truncated flat across the bottom with detailed parabolas. Simulated Allen head bolts in the headlamp module contribute to the feeling of precise construction. The technical look is repeated in the taillamps as well.

The Commander’s long, clamshell hood is flat, reminiscent of the even flatter hood of the Jeep Wrangler. Constructed of aluminum, it extends to the Commander’s upright windshield. Also upright are the backlite and liftgate at the rear end of the vehicle.

Form follows function in the design of the stepped roof. Beginning over the second row, the roof is raised 3.15 inches to provide more headroom for occupants in the second and third rows. While clearly evident from outside the front of the vehicle, the stepped roof is most appreciated from inside the Commander. Viewed from either side, the stepped effect is concealed by a newly designed roof rack rail, standard on all models. The rack’s crossbar stanchions are similar to a buttress-style bridge support, and each side rail has three integrated tie-downs.

Exclusive to the Limited are D-pillar assist handles that extend from the roof rail on down the back of the vehicle. The handles are black with chrome inserts in the grip area. The assist handles work in conjunction with the black molded-in-color step pad. The step pad has a diamond plate texture that provides a rugged, non-skid surface for a person stepping on the rear bumper to gain access to the roof of the Commander.

Completing the Commander’s stance are its more vertical body sides and upright side glass. The front and rear doors feature bright chrome body side moldings incised with the word, "COMMANDER."

Jeep Commander is the first Chrysler Group vehicle with Command-View™ skylights. Located in the roof above the second row, these two fixed, tinted glass skylights are packaged with the available power sun-roof that is positioned above the front passengers. Each Command-View skylight has a roller shade that can be pulled horizontally to block out light when desired. The skylights and sun-roof work together to give the Commander a greater sense of interior spaciousness and adventure. An optional DVD player is located between the skylights.


Reader Reactions

The comments are owned by the poster.
We aren't responsible for their content.
You must login or register to post a comment.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: rich
Jeez, jeep fans are BRUTAL! If they ad some, as you say "style" to their vehicles like the (Liberty?)
you bitch that its a cute ute! If they go for the austere Jeep styling you're always yakkin' about,
then the vehicle is boring, or a bad Trooper or
too retro...! Holy Crap!
It seems to me the Commander is an attempt to
recapture the old Jeep Wagoneer cues we've said we missed, along with some (admittedly limited) space.
I'm a Wrangler fan myself, but if I had a few more
kids,and a few more dollars, I'd certainly go for one of these over a Suburban, or GMC Envoy.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
OnlyOneJeep, I doubt you will see the woodgrain as a factory option.

However, I am sure if you make a good enough case it might show up as a Mopar accessories. They had a woodgrain package for the Liberty. It was for the 2002 - 2004 Liberty. The MSRP was $899 US.


Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjken
Even though I have a stuttering problem on the computer I do not have to much of a problem with the new Commander. Flat hood, flat sides and take
the chrome away and it looks decent. If fact a smaller version of this design would have been a better replacement for the XJ than the Liberty.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RC XJ
I like the look more every time I see it. I wonder if the interior cubic feet numbers are correct. I can't believe that the Commander has only 3-4 cubic feet more cargo space than my 98 XJ. 66 vs. 69.? Does anyone know if the XJ cargo volume was figured with the small spare, full size or no spare?

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Lorna
It looks nice to me and with the stepped roof very much more reminiscent of the Land Rover Discovery 1 and 2 then the LR3.

Take away the grill and the badges and it would look very Land Roverish to me.


Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mary
I have a 94 Jeep Cherokee sport. I love it, and would buy another if they still made it. I was so dissappointed when they stopped. It looks like they are trying to bring the Cherokee back. I am interested in seeing all the options.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Glen
Looks cool...I just test-drove a 2004 LR Discovery, but I'd take this any day. Any idea what pricing is going to be?

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Renegade
Now that I'm thinking about it, the Hurricane is a non-boxy Jeep that I'd pay extra to have...

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: XJameson
I wouldn't be surprised if the woodgrain is a MOPAR option. It would be consistant with their image of the vehicle going back to the basics as was described in the NY auto show unveiling video. Anybody good with photoshop and can put woodgrain on a picture of the Commander? I'd love to see how it would really look.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
Where's the "Woodgrain Applique"?????

Does anyone care?

It would be totally phat on this ride.........


Come On DCX...One of youse must be listening>>>>>


PLEASEEEEEEE?????????

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeef
I'm getting one, just have to decide which engine. I'm one of those who has a woody for a diesel option, nice to see some guys out there have a woody for the woody option. Now that'd be retro!

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: bill schlichting
looks like an extended cherokee to me

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OR Bruce
After looking at the photos over a few days, I think I like it. Very honest and straightforward design, should compete very well with LR3 as well as Expedition/Explorer/Tahoe. It's too big for me, also too expensive, but I think it will do very well. Mainly it'll show up in all the parking lots next to LR, M-Class, Lexus, etc. SUVs, but it should have better dirt capability than all except maybe LR3.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjgary
Well, it's kind of hard to argue with XJ Ken! More seriously, I'm with RC XJ in trying to figure the lack of cargo space with the rear seats down. The web site I looked at said 71 Cubic Feet for a 1993 model, which is what I have, and that jives with my memory of the factory brochure. I suspect that is figured with the tire on the outside, as that was an option back then. The 2001 models showed much less, maybe because they had the option of a multi disc CD player mounted in the back and the fullsize tire on the inside? Or maybe because they knew the Liberty was coming out soon and they wanted to show that the Lib had more space? Who knows. I'm sure the Commander devotes more space to the people in the front seat than the cramped XJ did, so that would account for some of it, and two rows of seats take up a lot of space when you fold them down, so that is some of it too. But it sure surpised me too.

But gas is $2.50 a gallon for regular here, so I think anything that gets poor mileage is not going to sell well. I'm waiting for the turbo diesel Gladiator.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjken
here is my comment

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjken
here is my comment

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
The "Chinese Cherokee" is not really a rip off. It is built by Beijing Jeep, a joint venture of DaimlerChrysler and Beijing Automobile Industry Corp. The company has been in existence since the beginning of the Cherokee.

They produced the export version of the WJ and they now will also produce the WH (export version of the WK) for sale in the Asian markets.



Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
I guess it is ok. I'd never buy it though even though I dead center in the middle of the demographic that Jeep is shooting for.

I think it looks a tad Isuzu Trooperish, and I still think as I said before it looks like some Chinese rip off version of a Jeep. Kind of in the way that the original Cherokee was ripped off and built in China some years back. Who was it who built that vehicle in China?

Never-the-less, this vehicle is less than thrilling it does not seem to have any Charisma styling wise, the mechanicals sound sweet but Jeep vehicles need distinctive "Jeep Charisma" this one lacks it.

What recent vehicles (conceptual) have Jeep chrisma? The Gladiator and the Dakar (not so recent). Just build the dad-gum Gladiator (with
D) and watch it roll off the dealer lots rapidly.

Bill

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Dak
A H$## of alot better than the Liberty. Hopefully this means DC is learning how to keep Jeep Jeep. Maybe the Wrangler won't be that bad. (keeping fingers crossed)...... oh yea, I still want a Gladiator.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mountaineers
Sharp looking station wagon, a lot like the original cherokee station wagon, but how does Diamler manage to get so little interior room from their vehicles?


Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: OnlyOneJeep
&& singing &&@@.."It's the most glorious time of the year...."

MUD SEASON!!!!

HORRAY!!!!

Went the the other evening....7 of us

Score:

Ford- 3 (towed 2 Chevys out)
Chevy- 2 (towed 1 GMC out)
Jeep- 4 (towed 2 Chevys and 1 GMC out)
My YJ Jeep-5 (jump started my buddy's CJ,after towing everybody out..poor tired Jeep)

A fun evening for all!!! Mud in the ears!

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill I.
here is my comment

Well I just watched the video which shows MUCH better views.........NICE ! Job well done ! As a long time Jeep Wagon guy I have found my next Jeep.

For those with harsh views.........look into the history of Jeep Utility Wagons before you judge so quickly.

Outstanding job Jeep !

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: RUBICONTRAIL.NET
My best guess is that we may start seeing some camoflagued spy shots of the new Wrangler by this fall. Jeep will most likely debut it at next years New York Auto Show. The Camp Jeep NY arena is a perfect place for them to debut their new vehicles.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Bill
I finally figured out what I was seeing in this vehicle. It is indeed part Isuzu Trooper AND part Land Rover in styling. Overall the feel is very "box on wheels" like the Trooper, but the rear end and stepped roof line are very Land Roverish. It's not horrible but it's certainly derivative of these other vehicles. Too bad it could not have been a bit more original. But maybe the European sytle I see in the rear end is simply Damiler's influence. Or perhaps DCX is caving to the yuppish desire for Land Rover clout and trying to give potential customers a bit of that LR style in an attempt to lure them to the Jeep brand. Certainly this thing is going to cost a chunk less than a Range Rover and will be also a bit less expensive than a LR3. Perhaps between the lower price and the near LR style Jeep (DCX) feels that they will be able to grab more market share at the expense of LR, MB, Lexus, etc.

Bill

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: jeeper
Has anyone thought that the new wrangler 4door
version might be based off the dakota frame?? maybe if this is going to be stretched... Maybe the new wranlger will have more of the cues of the rescue design to it.. I read somewhere where it is going to be a couple inches wider than what it is currently... Now that would sell like hot cakes! Time will only tell.. I don't think we will really see any good prototypes out until they get the plant up and running for the new wrangler.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Transpower
I just got back from the NYC International Auto Show. Yes, I went to the Camp Jeep section, but there was a one-hour wait for the ride. So I watched all the Jeep models go through the relatively short course. The best part was the 45 degree hill (up and down); all the models did fine. And yes, the Commander was there. Attractive front. Utilitarian overall,and necessary for the Jeep lineup. But I think I'll stick with the JGC. I asked one of the Jeep attendants when the DHS will be available; the disappointing answer was probably not until the 2006 model year (or even later), but his answer is not necessarily "official."

The MB R-Class vehicle and the new M-Class SUV were at the show, but I cannot say I'm crazy about either. The Korean vehicles (Kia and Hyundai) looked quite good for their price. The new hybrids, Lexus RX-400H and Highlander, were also on display; again, they don't grab me.

So, nothing at the show beats Quadra-Drive II, the Hemi, and DHS.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Renegade
I kind ofagree with Bill. While I'm not too familiar with the Chinese Jeeps, I was driving by an Izusu Trooper the other day and was thinking "Box-onWheels" the whole time. I don't necessarily think that anything fluid and curved is cute. But compared to the Dakar I was hoping for, the Liberty is. And compared to the Rescue-style vehicle that I was envisioning, the Commander is a little bland. Was the Rescue a box? Yeah, but I was into its style more.

As for the Liberty... I suppose that the Renegade package is something I can look at. Wouldn't buy it though.

As an aside, if there are spy pics in a paper, has anyone seen them on the net anywhere? I'm dying to get a look at that one.

Poster Thread
Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike
The Sunday Chicago Tribune Transportation Section ran a spy shot of the Next-Gen 4 door Wrangler...

I don't believe I would have permission to up-load it, but I will describe what I saw...

It was a profile shot...

It was obviously a test mule because nothing fit.
I remember when Daimler was testing the rear drive platform for the 300/Magnum/Charger, they bolted a front-drive body to the rear drive frame for the test-mule.

The picture was essentially the TJ military export Wrangler (extra-long wheelbase), with a TJ Unlimited hardtop, 2 doors.

The hood and fenders seemed to have been lengthned about 6 inches, why I don't know---(Mabye to make room for a Hemi?). The hood and fenders were camoflauged, so I cannot give any description of the grille/fender combo.

It looked as if the wheelbase of the frame could have been stretched about 6 more inches forward, mabye moving the cowl and A-pilar forward, or mabye this is this Daimler's way of throwing us off?

Otherwise I have the pic form the paper.



Main Menu
JeepNewsNow Everywhere
Login
Username:

Password:


Lost Password?

Register now!
Jeep Classifieds
Syndication - RSS
Add Jeep News Headlines to your site for free!

Display the latest Jeep news headlines on your Web site using our RSS 2.0 news feed!

RSS 2.0

Or, if you prefer, an even easier way of putting the headlines on your Web site is to utilize our free, JavaScript-based headlines. Check them out!
Who's Online
10 user(s) are online (4 user(s) are browsing News)

Members: 0
Guests: 10

more...
Advertisements
mike's totally free jeep news now is designed and maintained by AnelloConsulting.com
Copyright © 1998-2010 mike's totally free jeep news now
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Advertising Info