Jeep considering Audi Q7 rival
* Seven-seat model to boost practicality * Project has potential to go into production * New car could get the Commander name...
Jeep is considering 'a large seven-seat model' that would sit above the Grand Cherokee in the range, according to UK brand manager Nigel Land.
The Grand Cherokee has been criticised for not having a third row of seats, which is a popular feature in many rivals such as the Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery.
Jeep's new project is not yet confirmed for production, and Land said that there were reservations about 'the practicality of such a large vehicle in the UK', although the success of vehicles such as the Audi Q7 would suggest there is demand.
The larger model could get the Commander name, which was last used on a seven-seat Grand Cherokee-based model sold in North America until 2010.
If it makes production, the seven-seat model would join the Jeep range along with the just-launched 2013 Grand Cherokee, an all-new Cherokee that's due to be launched next year, and a new small-SUV crossover to rival the Nissan Juke.
Land emphasised that every Jeep model, no matter the size or intended audience, would have serious off-road ability.
By Vicky Parrott