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Jeep Grand Commander?

by David Zatz on

Back in April, Allpar’s Mike Volkmann showed images of a new Jeep for China, a seven-passenger crossover that started out as an extended-length Cherokee but seems to have moved on from there.

The crossover matched by the Jeep K8 and Yuntu, and new patent sketches reveal essentially the same vehicle Michael shared with us back in April. The name won’t be Yuntu, though; according to Aussie publication CarAdvice, it’ll be “Grand Commander.”

Jeep K8

Allpar insiders expect a version of the Grand Commander to be made in the United States — but not as a Jeep, since it may not hit Jeep’s off-road requirements (and, for that matter, would sit awkwardly alongside the Grand Cherokee).  The American version would be a Chrysler, built alongside the Cherokee in Belvidere, Illinois.

Jeep K8 - extended Cherokee for China

The primary powertrain is expected to be the new eTorque system, debuting in the Jeep Wrangler JL; in the lighter crossover, it should be a strong, responsive powerplant. Given the antecedents of the vehicles, a V6 might be possible, but there are no guarantees.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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