The Jeep Yuntu Concept has made its official debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show after digital photographs of the car surfaced online earlier this week.
The Yuntu is a full-size, three-row, six-seat SUV that is intended to signal the future of Jeep in China. It’s an especially interesting concept seeing as Jeep have a three-row vehicle in its portfolio and it’s a plug-in-hybrid – though details on its powertrain weren’t provided. It’s safe to assume that if it did reach production, it would employ a version of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s powertrain, which consists of a 16 kWh battery pack and a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.
As far as styling goes, the Yuntu is modern and attractive but is loyal to Jeep design cues with a wide-set stance, muscular looks, a seven-slot grille and chunky tires. It’s far from old-school, though, with its horizontal LED head lamps, orange accents, rear-hinged doors and black contrasting roof. The cabin is particularly forward thinking with a hoard of digital displays, Ikea-style light natural wood and sharp, modern lines.
As attractive as the Yuntu is, Jeep doesn’t seem to keen on showing the vehicle in any other country but China. The automaker remained pretty quiet about the vehicle on its North American and European press sites and provided very little info. Still, we remain convinced that this concept is reflective of ideas Jeep would like to implement on other three-row SUVs going forward, like the Grand Wagoneer, which will be tailored to the North American market.
“The Jeep Yuntu Concept is a vehicle created for the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, to target the tastes of Chinese customers,” Jeep said in a brief press release for the Yuntu. “This new concept includes futuristic exterior design, flexible interior and a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Concept showcases the potential for the Jeep brand to keep expanding in the country.”