The new Jeep Yuntu Concept, which was shown today at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, may preview a new three-row crossover from Jeep for China, but we think it could hint at the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer for North America as well.
The Yuntu is a three-row vehicle, but rather than fitting two pilots’ chairs and a bench seat in the third row, Jeep has elected to use a second row of chairs. Back seat passengers each get a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system and what looks to be plenty of leg room. The high-tech treatment continues up front with a digital driver’s display, a center display and a passenger display. Modern-looking wood trim has been used throughout along with white and grey upholstery. A sporty-looking, chunky two-spoke steering wheel is another interesting feature.
The exterior is equally as clean-cut and forward thinking as the cabin. Thin LED headlamps and taillights, a modern interpretation of Jeep’s seven slot grille, trapezoidal exhaust tips, rear-hinged doors and a black contrasting roof are just some of the contemporary design cues that standout. These are joined by typical Jeep attributes such as rugged-looking tires, tough black body cladding, a wide, squared-off stance and front tow hooks. This concept might be for China, but it looks much too corporate for it not to reflect what’s in the mind of Jeep’s North American styling department.
The powertrain is still a mystery, but the Yuntu has been confirmed as a hybrid, so it’s likely that it pairs an electric drive system with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. This also pints to the Yuntu having much in common with the Grand Wagoneer, as we know the latter will also offer a hybrid powertrain of some sort.
More information on the Jeep Yuntu concept will become available later this week.