The first Jeep® vehicle with three rows of seats to carry seven passengers now features an available 5.7-Liter HEMI® engine capable of 357 horsepower (259 kW) and 389 lb.-ft. (520 N•m) of torque. 2009 Jeep Commander customers now can visit more places and enjoy their “go-anywhere, do-anything” lifestyles with a HEMI under the hood, and they’ll enjoy better fuel economy, too.
The 2009 Jeep Commander’s new 5.7-liter HEMI engine provides better fuel economy, improved idle quality and overall refinement, along with an 8.2 percent increase in horsepower and a 3.7 percent increase in torque compared with the previous generation engine. The HEMI’s new Variable Valve Timing (VVT) improves fuel economy in two ways. First, it reduces the engine’s pumping work by closing the intake valve later. Second, it increases the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more work to be transferred to the crankshaft instead of being rejected out of the exhaust port as heat. Essentially, VVT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power.
The new HEMI® engine also gives drivers its fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology, which seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy when V-8 power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability.
In addition to the new engine, the 2009 Jeep Commander also features new customer amenities including available auto-leveling High-intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, dual-zone automatic temperature controls, rain-sensing wipers, new interior appearance upgrades, an iPod interface on navigation radios and new wheel options.
A new Leather Appearance Group is available on 2009 Jeep Commander Limited and Overland models. The package includes leather wrap on the upper front- and rear-door bolsters, the center console armrest/lid and front door grab handle, as well as chrome rings around the instrument panel front face vents and the two-piece shift knob.
Leather-trimmed front seats with a map pocket on the passenger side of Limited models and both sides on Overland models also are available on the 2009 Jeep Commander.
The vehicle’s instrument panel has been upgraded to include Tire Pressure Monitor and Fuel Saver notification.
On the outside, the 2009 Jeep Commander features several new wheel options. Customers can now select from the following: 17-inch aluminum machined-face wheels with painted pockets (standard on Sport models), 17-inch, five-spoke aluminum machined-face wheels with painted pockets (standard on Limited models), 17-inch aluminum chrome-clad wheels (optional on Limited and Overland models) or 18-inch, seven-spoke aluminum chrome-clad wheels (standard on Overland models).
The Jeep brand has been building industry-leading 4×4 vehicles for more than 65 years. The Jeep Commander has Jeep’s legendary off-road capability combined with on-road driving comfort. As a result, the Jeep Commander is the most capable three-row, seven-passenger 4×4, and of course, it’s Jeep Trail Rated.®