The 2021 Chrysler Commander is the latest thing we could see from the FCA. While the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is confirmed, some sources claim the new three-row SUV might wear a different name. Well, the carmaker already surprised us once with the Gladiator truck. Fans thought about Wrangler pickup or Scrambler. So, if the previous season taught us anything, that is how unpredictable the FCA is.
The 2021 Chrysler Commander will be the long-awaited a seven-seater model by the FCA. The carmaker already offers Durango with a three-row configuration, while the Jeep Grand Cherokee is not there yet, although rumors are whispering for a while.
Commander used to be part of the Jeep’s lineup. Ten years ago, the vehicle was discontinued because of the economic crisis. Now, when another crisis passes, the SUV will be back on the market.
Full Rack of Engines
If there is something fans of the 2021 Chrysler Commander don’t have to be worried about, are drivetrains. The FCA is offering large V6 and V8 units with plenty of power. The new Commander will probably be a full-size model, which will compete against Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe. That means the V8 is the most suitable unit for such model. A 5.7-liter engine is delivering 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, which is a good start. A 6.4-liter Hemi mill is increasing the output to 475 horsepower. FCA is calling these models SRT for Durango and Grand Wagoneer. However, this badge will be returned to Dodge, while the high-performance version by a seven-bar grille carmaker is taking the Trackhawk logo.
A 6.2-liter supercharged V8 powertrain is also an option, but we cannot expect from a rookie SUV to get something fans of more popular models dreamed for years. Only Grand Cherokee is available with 700+ horsepower.
2021 Chrysler Commander Might Come as Hybrid, Diesel
The piece of the puzzle that is missing in FCA’s SUV lineup is a hybrid engine. Most rivals are offering such drivetrains with their large wheels, but the Jeep is not among them. Still, the Grand Cherokee is the best-seller in the midsize segment. The new 2021 Chrysler Commander could introduce such technology.
On the other hand, a diesel unit is more likely. Chevrolet adds its Duramax for the full-size lineup. An EcoDiesel is capable to deliver similar outputs. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine returns 260 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. For the Ram 1500 truck, it can tow more than 11,000 pounds. However, the SUV is not going so high. Still, with about 10k lbs, it will be the most capable SUV for towing.
2021 Chrysler Commander Release Date and Price
FCA is finally challenging its biggest rivals in the US market with its full-size model. The new Commander, as well as the Grand Commander, might arrive somewhere next year. Production will also start in 2021. The MSRP won’t be under $50,000. We believe that the company is going to deploy its best weapons for this model. The Trailhawk will be an off-road SUV that will take on the Ford Expedition FX4 and Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro.
More Space and More Features
The three-row 2021 Chrysler Commander will be longer than all other vehicles in the family. Grand Cherokee is 190-inches long, and Durango is 201 inches. The new Commander might add a few inches more. Another possibility is the 2021 Chrysler Grand Commander, which will be on par with Expedition Max and Chevrolet Suburban. The extended model will grow up to 220 inches and it can offer extra space behind the third row.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard for the full-size model. The company will also prepare more options for higher trim levels. Limited models at the top of the offer will come with a premium audio system, larger infotainment screen, and advanced safety features.
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