Issue: Jul 2006


Seats and Overhead System for the New Chrysler Jeep Commander



Greater Flexibility for the Chrysler Jeep Commander

by James Hilton

With the new Chrysler Jeep Commander, the whole family can look forward to off-road tours, because it has three rows of seats that can accommodate up to seven persons simultaneously. The seats have been developed by Johnson Controls, one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive interior systems, electronics and batteries. A special mechanism has been integrated into the seats of a Jeep for the first time making access to the third row particularly easy and comfortable. Besides this, the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is also suitable for transporting large and bulky items. With just one simple hand movement, the two rear seat rows can be completely folded away to produce an extended, flat cargo area.

The long version of the new Grand Cherokee, called the Commander, is the first Jeep with up to seven seats. Aside from the variability of the seats - extending from the all-electric operation with memory function to seat trim covers in fabric, leather or premium leather - a special mechanism in the second row enables effortless access into the third row and additional storage space. A single lever allows the three backrests of the 40-20-40-split second row of seats to be folded forward onto the seat cushions. An integral spring invisible from both sides raises the rear seat cushion against the front seat for smooth entry to the third row. Not only comfort but also the safety of passengers in the third row of seats played an important role for us in the development process. The company has incorporated a release lever into the rear of the backrest to make exiting easier for these passengers.

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