The new Jeep Commander is the first of the Jeep family to offer as standard three row seating, accommodating up to seven passengers comfortably. This classic, rugged 4×4 offers UK customers a class-leading vehicle with legendary off-road capabilities and on-road refinement.

Simon Elliott, Managing Director for Chrysler Group UK, said: "The Jeep Commander is a striking looking vehicle, and deliberately harks back to the classic boxy look of the first Cherokee that sold so well in the UK in the early 1990s.

"Our market research tells us that there is an increasing desire for cars to have a unique look. And if you remember the sometimes negative reaction of customers when the original Cherokee was replaced by the current model in 2001 you will realise that there is also a huge following for the classic Jeep design here in the UK."

The Jeep Commander reflects the ‘Jeep-rugged’ design theme, while its sister the Grand Cherokee reflects the ‘Jeep-modern’ design theme.

Simon Elliott added: "The Jeep Commander features a host of safety systems to help make this the safest Jeep ever while the four-wheel drive system is as relevant to drivers on wet and icy tarmac as it is to owners planning to tackle the rough stuff."

The Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system uses electronic limited slip differentials and has the ability to keep Commander going even if only one wheel has traction. This is an advanced system that helps traction in on-road situations such as wet roundabouts as well as more challenging terrain.

The Commander Predator comes loaded with a list of equipment as standard: ABS, ESP, tyre pressure warning light, body coloured grille and 17" alloy wheels whilst the Limited model has the same spec, adding dual zone climate control air conditioning, cruise control, leather trimmed interior, front and rear park assist, and Boston Acoustics speaker system.

The Jeep Commander will be available in the UK from April 2006 with the 3.0-litre V6 CRD and 5.7-litre V8 HEMI engines. A choice of two trim levels is available on the 3.0-litre V6 CRD – Predator and Limited, the 5.7-litre V8 HEMI comes with the Limited trim only. Nearly 80 per cent of sales of the 700 Jeep Commander allocated to the UK during 2006 are expected to be diesel.

Pricing for the Jeep Commander range is as follows:

Jeep Commander 3.0-litre V6 CRD Predator: £27,490

Jeep Commander 3.0-litre V6 CRD Limited: £30,990

Jeep Commander 5.7-litre V8 HEMI Limited: £34,490