The All-New 2006 Jeep®
Commander Expands Jeep Lineup with its Classic Design, Jeep Engineering, New
Features and Safety Technology
- 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 perform as 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
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.
“The Jeep Cherokee is an authentic,
classic shape that is rooted in the public consciousness,” said Donald A.
Renkert, Senior Manager, Jeep Studio, Chrysler Group Product Design Office.
“By reinterpreting that vehicle, and other classic Jeep vehicles of the
past, the Jeep Commander elicited nods of recognition from consumers, even
though it is a brand new vehicle. There is a sense of deja vu about the Jeep
Commander that brings knowing smiles of satisfaction.”
The satisfaction continues inside the
vehicle, where attention to detail is evident. For example, the two-tone
instrument panel is a design unique to Commander. From the gear shift knob,
to the four round gauges that make up the instrument cluster, to the new
steering wheel, Commander is refined and uniquely Jeep in appearance.
The newly designed seats are supportive
and comfortable. And, for the first time in a Jeep vehicle, there are three
rows of them, each row slightly higher than the one in front of it. This
distinctive stadium seating arrangement makes forward viewing easier. The
second and third row seats fold forward to create a flat load floor.
Commander is only two inches longer than the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, even
though it is designed to accommodate three rows of seats. And since they
have the same wheelbase (109.5 inches), Commander is as maneuverable and
off-road capable as the Grand Cherokee.
The Jeep Commander’s stepped roof
provides second and third row occupants with plenty of head room.
Complementing the available front-mounted sun roof is Command-View™, new and
innovative skylights (complete with shades) over the second row of seats.
Engineered to Go Anywhere, Do
Class-leading off-road capability and on-road refinement were mandatory for
the Jeep Commander. So the Jeep team went to the head of the class: They
provided Commander with the same 4x4 systems, suspension and powertrains as
the award-winning 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including an independent front
suspension and rack and pinion steering. Available on Commander are:
Three full-time four-wheel
drive systems, Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive II®
Two transfer cases offering
Brake Traction Control System (BTCS), and Electronic Limited Slip
Differentials (ELSD) for best-in-class tractive performance
Three available engines: the
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with the Multi-Displacement System,
the 4.7-liter SOHC Power Tech V-8, and the 3.7-liter SOHC Power Tech V-6
“The on-road refinement and off-road
capability of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee are key reasons why it was named
4x4 of the Year by 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine,” said Craig Love, Vice
President, Rear-Wheel Drive Product Team. “Now, the only vehicle on the
market with the same pedigree is the all-new Jeep Commander.”
Safety and Security Designed in
from the Beginning
Like all Chrysler Group vehicles, the 2006 Jeep Commander is designed to
improve not only handling and accident avoidance, but also to provide
excellent crash protection.
Jeep Commander is the first Chrysler Group vehicle with electronic roll
mitigation. Using input from multiple sensors, the system deploys the air
bags in certain rollover scenarios, as well as side impact events.
Crash protection features available on
the Jeep Commander include advanced multi-stage air bags with an Occupant
Classification System, available side curtain air bags, seat belts equipped
with pretensioners and digressive load limiting retractors, and BeltAlert®,
a buckle-up reminder system for the driver.
Crash avoidance features on the 2006
Jeep Commander include standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP),
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and an All-Speed Traction Control System (TCS).
A tire pressure monitoring system, ParkSense™, (rear park assist), Uconnect™
hands-free communications, DVD-based navigation system, SmartBeam® headlamps
and rain sensitive wipers provide additional safety and security on the
Jeep Trail Rated
The Jeep Trail Rated badge on the 2006 Jeep Commander shows that the vehicle
has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions
identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: Traction,
Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, Articulation and Water Fording.
Jeep Trail Rated is an industry-leading
methodology established by the Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) and Jeep
Engineering to objectively measure and consistently predict off-road
performance for all Jeep vehicles today and into the future. Through a
combination of natural and controlled field tests, as well as computer
simulated environments, Jeep Trail Rated provides a repeatable and
consistent measurement of off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Only
Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.