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How did we miss these pictures a few months back? We just found some spy shots of the 2005 Jeep Commander at TheCarConnection.com. Here's some of the text that went along with the photos:
You've heard it referred to as the Grand Wagoneer, or maybe even by its codename YK. But it's practically official - Jeep's upcoming seven-passenger luxury ute with three rows of seats will be called the Jeep Commander.
Powered by a 4.7-liter V-8, or an optional 5.7-liter Hemi, the super-sized Jeep will reach dealerships in time for the 2006 model year. Expect the Commander to be in the $40,000 range.
Here's a link to the photos.
We found this info posted on the DodgeTalk.com forums - not sure if it is true or not, but it contains some interesting facts (although we've heard that is will debut sometime this fall, not next year).
The Jeep Commander will have its world debut on that date at the NY International Auto Show. The Commander starts production at Jefferson North July 2005 and will be built simultaneously along with the 2006 Grand Cherokee. Both models will arrive at dealers in late August 2005.
Meanwhile, over at Toledo South, plans are taking shape to build the next generation Wrangler (including a 4-door version!!) for the 2006/2007 model year, same time frame that a Jeep "Compass" type vehicle will be built at Belvidere...
No word on a "Rescue" Jeep vehicle, seems that R&D costs would be too high for the lower sales volume that would be generated with such a specialized vehicle, but you never know...
For those who dont know, Commander is a Ram truck-based 7-passenger SUV, with a Hemi, and it is larger than a Durango or a Grand Cherokee. Should be a nice addition to the DCX lineup. :)
Here's a link to the full post.