Posted on January 3, 2019
Will the 2020 Jeep Grand Commander be launched as Journey in North America?
So, what are your New Year’s resolutions for 2019? Trying to fit into the same pants you wore in high school? Saving money for that family trip to Disney? Have you butted out that last stogie? Maybe you’ve decided to take up the obscure craft of pom-pom bracelet making? I mean, who couldn’t use a pom-pom bracelet, right? Brampton, Oakville and Barrie, ‘fess-up. What are you up to in the New Year?
FCA appears to have its own New Year’s resolution. It may be bringing the China-market-exclusive Jeep Commander over to North America, but not under the Jeep badge. Speculation is that it will be branded as the Chrysler Journey. I can hear you asking, why would FCA make this shift? Excellent question. Rumour has it that it comes down to brand perception. Jeep has a reputation, in North America, of being a rugged vehicle that tears up both the highway and back roads. But in China, the Commander is known more for cruising along smooth, urban roadways. That’s a little too tame for Jeep in this country. Add to that, Chrysler has been looking for a three-row SUV and this ticks all the boxes.
The Grand Commander (Journey) is similar to the Cherokee, but longer by about 25 cm. It’s a three-row cross-over, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine, pushing 231 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Insiders believe production of the new “Journey” is slated for Belvidere, IL, but Windsor, ON, and Toluca, MX are other potential possibilities. Whatever the name is revealed to be, you can bet the new Chrysler SUV will rise to the top of its class. Watch for it.