According to CarNewsChina.com, the seven-seat Jeep model depicted in patent drawings back in May is a China-exclusive model to be named the “Grand Commander”, based on the Jeep Yuntu concept shown a month prior at the Shanghai Auto Show. It’s expected to bow next April in Beijing, and isn’t likely to make its way to the United States.
The “Grand Commander” moniker was unearthed in a list of Fiat Chrysler product names from China’s trademark office, CarNewsChina.com reports. That site says the new three-row crossover will be powered by the same turbocharged, 270-horsepower four-cylinder that’s found in the brand-new Wrangler JL. A hybrid version seems likely later on, given the plug-in-hybrid drivetrain in the Yuntu concept, not to mention China’s massive appetite for electrified vehicles.
The Jeep Grand Commander was spied in the wild this past October, though we didn’t then know that’s what it would be called. It looked quite a lot like the Yuntu concept, with a nearly-identical front fascia and greenhouse.
Americans feeling left out by the forthcoming China-only model can take solace in that Jeep is reportedly fixing to introduce a new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer in North America, based on the RAM 1500 pickup truck. The new Grand Wagoneer will reintroduce a name last seen on a high-end model of the Grand Cherokee.