Jeep’s three-row crossover has been spied for the first time and it looks quite similar to the Jeep Yuntu concept shown at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.
It’s unclear if Jeep will retain the Yuntu name, but for now, that’s what we’ll refer to the crossover as. Spy shots show a nearly identical front fascia and greenhouse on the test mule when compared to the Yuntu show car. Unlike the show car, the prototype Jeep Yuntu features longer overhangs, more conventional taillights and what looks like a lower ride height. Images of a Jeep patent showed the Yuntu in production form earlier this year as well.
However, the Jeep Yuntu likely won’t reach markets outside of China. Instead, Jeep plans for a new Wagoneer, based on the next-generation Ram 1500. Not only will Jeep introduce a Wagoneer, but a Grand Wagoneer variant is poised to be larger and more luxurious than the standard SUV.
So, in this case, we’ll still sleep at night knowing a new Jeep is only slated for China—at least for now. It’s unclear when the Jeep Yuntu will reach production, but development looks far along. The Jeep Wagoneer won’t be ready until 2019 at the earliest. It’s possible the Jeep Yuntu may also boast a hybrid powertrain, especially if China is the vehicle’s sole target market.
Spy shots: Motor Authority