The Jeep Yuntu concept has been revealed in a series of design sketches ahead of its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show.
Jeep first teased the new concept a couple of weeks ago before rumors surfaced it was to be electric or a plug-in hybrid. Those whispers were true, with these sketches revealing a ‘PHEV’ (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) badge on the concept’s doors. The specifics of the powertrain aren’t available yet, however.
The Yuntu’s styling is fresh and modern, like just about every hybrid vehicle, however it’s still instantly recognizable as a Jeep product. The seven-slot grille is present and its burly, squarish shape is typical Jeep. There’s also some red tow hooks out front like Jeep Trackhawk models, some rugged-looking tires and plastic body cladding.
It’s not clear if the Yuntu concept signals the arrival of a China-only model from the brand or a global product. It’s clearly tailored to the Chinese market, however, as electric vehicles and large cars are both suited to Chinese consumers’ tastes.
We’ll have the full skinny on the sizeable Jeep Yuntu when it makes its debut on April 19th.