Jeep has unveiled its new Commander at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and confirmed that it will be coming to the UK.

The Jeep Commander, which has more than a passing resemblance to the old boxy Cherokee, is apparently the first-ever Jeep to offer seven seats.

It will arrive in the UK in March 2006, and will be sold alongside the existing Cherokee model (known as the Liberty elsewhere).

The Commander is 47 mm (1.8 in.) longer than the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, even though it is designed to accommodate three rows of seats, so it is said to be as manoeuvrable and off-road capable as the Grand Cherokee. Jeep Commander shares the same 4×4 systems, suspension and powertrains as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, including an independent front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering.

Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler Group UK, added: “The Jeep Commander initiates the expansion of the Jeep vehicle line-up. Chrysler Group also revealed two new Jeep concept cars – the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot – at the show. These two compact SUVs focus on performance and fuel economy as well as nimble handling and a flexible interior, and help demonstrate where the Jeep brand may be heading at the other end of the range.”

Pricing and exact timescales for the UK launch of the Jeep Commander have yet to be confirmed.