|Official photos. Here. Now.|
The guys over at xkjeeps.com have proven themselves to be kings of the hill when it comes to getting stuff first on the all-new 2006 Jeep Commander. Thanks to Milous for giving us the heads up on the slew of photos he's got posted over there.
Here's a snippet from the official DaimlerChrysler press release:
Its name is Jeep® Commander, yet the newest member of the Jeep vehicle family could just as easily answer to "vanguard."
That’s because the all-new 2006 Jeep Commander - classic in design, engineered to performas only Jeep vehicles can, the first with three rows of seats, and equipped with advanced safety technologies - is the leading edge of a Jeep product offensive scheduled for the next few years.
"The 2006 Jeep Commander is significant for a number of reasons," said Jeff Bell, Vice President Jeep, Chrysler Group. "First, Commander signals our commitment to remain the leader in the sport-utility market, a market that Jeep invented more than 60 years ago. This is the first seven-passenger 4x4 that is Jeep Trail Rated®. Second, Commander is the only SUV in its class to offer two V-8 engines.
In addition, the Jeep Commander expands and strengthens what is already a stellar lineup, consisting of the Wrangler, Liberty and Grand Cherokee. And finally, the all-new Jeep Commander initiates the expansion of the Jeep vehicle lineup that will take place during the second half of this decade."
HERITAGE EXTERIOR DESIGN, COMPLEMENTED BY AN ALL-NEW INTERIOR
In developing the 2006 Jeep Commander, designers looked to past Jeep vehicles for inspiration: the Willys Station Wagons (1946 to 1962), the Jeep Wagoneer (1963 to 1991) and especially the Jeep Cherokee (1984 to 2001). All were classically Jeep in appearance, with sharp lines, planar surfaces and rugged looks. The 2006 Jeep Commander is a modern interpretation of that design ethic.
The Jeep Commander’s upright windshield, backlite and rear end, as well as its more vertical body sides and side glass, embody the vehicle’s classic Jeep styling. Even the side-view mirrors are blocky and stout. Overall, Commander looks strong and confident because of its military bearing - upright and rugged.
And because it is steeped in heritage Jeep design, the Commander looks familiar and new at the same time. This tension between past and present engages the emotions.
Here are the specifications (Grand Cherokee specifications in parens for comparison):
Wheelbase (inches): 109.5 (109.5)
Length (inches): 188.5 (186.6)
Body width (inches): 74.8 (73.3)
Width at mirrors (inches): 89.0 (84.3)
Overall height (inches): 71.9 (67.7)
Cargo volume (2nd/3rd row folded) (cubic feet): 68.7 (67.40)
Ground clearance, minimum, rear axle (inches): 8.6 (8.0)
Weight, Limited w/Hemi (lbs) 5169 (4735)
What are you waiting for - go check out the pictures.