Jeep Yuntu . Jeep has just revealed three teaser sketches of its newest concept SUV, Jeep Yuntu, that will debut this Wednesday at Shanghai Auto Show. And, they also has released some information about Yuntu since several weeks ago, and this is the first time the company shows how the concept will look like.
Jeep Yuntu Specifications
Yuntu concept shows how Jeep design direction is moving in a different direction. The concept looks very distinctive compared to other models in the lineup that consists of the current Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Compass and also Wrangler.
Its boxy body shape is very futuristic and bears more resemblance to some of the SUVs from German automakers compared to other SUVs in the brand’s lineup. The production version certainly will be pretty different with the concept. But if Jeep can maintain some of the concept’s unique elements, especially its big boxy body shape, this 7-seater definitely will be a hit in the Chinese market.
One of the most noteworthy elements in this SUV concept is very small and barely noticeable. It is the PHEV badge on the front part of the driver’s door, which is an obvious hint that this is a plugin hybrid car. Yuntu is the first electrified model Jeep presents to the global market so of course a sign is needed.
Furthermore, we can also notice from the sketches that this 3-row SUV comes with door handles that are joined in the middle. It means it is safe to say that we are looking at a car with cool suicide doors. Besides the suicide doors, another new element in the Yuntu concept is a set of futuristic looking 2-tone alloy wheels. Besides, the concept also looks more distinctive thanks to the 7-slot grille with thin LED headlights, blacked out roof pillar and taller front end.
The PHEV badge on the driver’s door indicates that Jeep Yuntu is going to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. There is no information yet on the details of the plugin hybrid drivetrain. But, it seems like the battery pack will allow the car to have a decent electric range. Some rumors also stated that the production version of Jeep Yuntu might be powered by Chrysler Pacifica’s plugin hybrid drivetrain.
Jeep Yuntu Release Date and Price
Jeep has not announced when Jeep Yuntu will be released in China. However, it is reported that the regular production model of the 7-seater SUV will enter production as early as next month. Up to this time, it is still unknown whether Yuntu will arrive in the US as well or not.
If it indeed is also sold in the US, it will not come as Jeep model. Instead, it will probably be sold with Chrysler badge. It is rumored that it will also receive plug-in hybrid powertrain as well as 7-seater layout. Furthermore, it probably will still be manufactured by Jeep at Belvidere plant, Illinois, the same place where the Cherokee is also built. The US spec Chrysler SUV is said to commence sale by the end of this year.
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