Jeep® recently expanded its Japanese portfolio with two new vehicles!

Recently, the Jeep® brand held a special unveiling for the Japanese market at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan. The unveiling featured two key products in the American adventure brand’s global portfolio: the two-row Grand Cherokee E-segment SUV and the three-row Commander D-segment SUV.

Jeep® Premium Lineup at launch in Japan. (Jeep).

Outside of the event, Jeep had four vehicles on display, a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve 4×4, a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4, a 2022 Jeep Commander Limited 4×4, and a 2022 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4. The official the unveiling was held inside the second floor basement of the Earth Gallery.

Uncovered beneath a skeletal specimen of a giant creature that once inhabited this planet hanging from the ceiling, the Commander and Grand Cherokee were presented by a number of key figures from Stellantis.

Jeep® Commander and Grand Cherokee Japan launched. (Jeep).

“We chose this location to show the similarities between the creatures that have evolved over a long time and the Jeep, whose lineage has evolved over time,” says Pontus Hegström, President and CEO of Stellantis Japan.

Jeep has been eagerly expanding into the Japanese market over the past year. The 2022 model year began with the introduction of the three-row Grand Cherokee L and was followed up with the launch of the Jeep Gladiator in the second quarter. These launches were still held virtually as pandemic restrictions were still in place at the time. The unveiling of the Commander and Grand Cherokee was the brand’s first personal introduction to the market in a long time.

Hegström concluded his remarks by saying, “The dinosaurs are extinct, but the Jeep continues to evolve.”

commander –

Based on the same architecture as the current Renegade and Compass, the Japanese market Commander is produced at the Ranjangaon Assembly Plant just outside Pune, India.

Jeep® Commander Limited at launch in Japan. (Jeep).

Although much of the interior design is carried over from the popular Compass, the Commander has its own unique exterior bodywork to allow for a third row and the ability to carry up to 7 passengers. Aimed to be more of a premium offering in the portfolio, the Commander is only available in limited trim for the Japanese market.

When it comes to power, the Japanese Commander is only available in one configuration. A FIAT-sourced 2.0-liter inline-four turbodiesel engine produces 168 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. (350 N⋅m) of torque. It is mated to a ZF 9-speed automatic transmission, providing smooth shifts and maximum efficiency thanks to engine stop/start capability.

Jeep® Commander Limited at launch in Japan. (Jeep).

The Commander is equipped with Jeep Active Drive four-wheel drive (4×4) and Jeep’s signature Selec-Terrain™ system. An electronically controlled power transfer unit (PTU) switches between front-wheel drive (4×2) and 4×4 at any speed. Yaw correction controls the vehicle’s pitch automatically, ensuring constant stability. In addition, the Commander is equipped with brake traction control, which distributes the torque in a well-balanced manner according to the situation.

Selec-Terrain achieves driving stability in all conditions by linking together 12 types of vehicle handling systems, including throttle, transmission shifting, transmission and traction control. The driver can use a rocker switch mounted on the center console to switch between three modes: “SAND/MUD”, “SNOW” and “AUTO”.

Jeep® Commander Limited at launch in Japan. (Jeep).

The Commander has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of ¥5,970,000 (or approximately US$43,541.90).

Grand Cherokee –

The most award-winning SUV of all time now has a full lineup in the Japanese market thanks to the addition of the two-row Grand Cherokee. Following in the footsteps of the third-row Grand Cherokee L, the 5-passenger model will offer three different configurations for customers to choose from.

Jeep® Grand Cherokee Limited at launch in Japan. (Jeep).

The first model is the Pentastar V6-powered Limited model. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. (354 N⋅m) of torque. The Pentastar has a towing capacity of up to 6,200 lbs. (2,812 kg) and an estimated class-leading driving range of more than 805 km. An 8-speed automatic ensures that the power from the V6 is smoothly distributed to the wheels.

The second and third choices consist of the Grand Cherokee 4xe series. Grand Cherokee 4xe The 4xe powertrain combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and capability. Overall, the 4xe system delivers 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 470 lb.ft. (637 N⋅m) of torque.

Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe at Japan launch. (Jeep).

The Limited 4xe model features standard Capri leather seats and several premium convenience features, including a 10.25-inch front-seat passenger interactive display, Uconnect 5 Navigation with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, dual-window panoramic sunroof, an 8-way power driver’s seat with memory, a powerful 4-way driver/front passenger lumbar adjustment with memory, heated steering wheel, heated first and second row seats with three-level configurable controls for personal passenger comfort, 506-watt nine-speaker Alpine sound system and single-color ambient interior lighting for the instrument panel and front and rear doors.

The Limited 4xe is also equipped with plenty of standard safety and security features, including full-speed collision warning with active brake and pedestrian/cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane management, lane departure warning, advanced brake assist, Blind. -Point monitoring, rear parking assist sensors, passive entry, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights.

Jeep® Grand Cherokee Limited at launch in Japan. (Jeep).

Those looking for more luxury can opt for the Summit Reserve 4xe. The Summit Reserve sets the benchmark for luxury, with premium quilted Palermo leather, ventilated front and second row seats, and front seats with memory and massage. Also unique to the Summit Reserve package are genuine open-pore waxed walnut and premium, wrapped, suede-like fabric on the A-pillars and headliner. Standard on the Grand Cherokee 4xe with the Summit Reserve Package are 21-inch wheels.

Pricing for the two-row Japanese Grand Cherokee models is as follows:

  • Grand Cherokee Limited – starting at MSRP of ¥8,920,000 (or approximately $65,066.94)
  • Grand Cherokee Limited 4xe – starting MSRP of ¥10,370,000 (or approximately $75,643.97)
  • Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe – starting MSRP of ¥12,270,000 (or $89,503.52)

Both the Grand Cherokee and Commander are now available in Japanese showrooms. They join the Renegade, Renegade 4xe, Compass, Gladiator, Wrangler, Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee L.

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