Auto Shanghai 2017: Jeep Yuntu Concept combines iconic and futuristic features, might soon enter production

Article by Christian A., on April 20, 2017

Jeep has been releasing teasers about the Jeep Yuntu Concept months before the auto show in China. Just last week, they revealed a new sketch that we have not seen before. But this week, the Yuntu finally made its debut at the 2017 Auto Shanghai as the company’s newest and largest SUV,

Three-row SUVs have been a thing for a while now. But it doesn’t mean that those buyers actually need a third row - it’s just nice to have. However, a lot of SUVs now with a third row are barely useful, because there’s just too little space. But Jeep’s Yuntu has something interesting to offer.

As you enter its unique cabin, you will be welcomed by three rows of seats (that accommodate six passengers), which is uncommon for a Jeep, and is also what they are highlighting in this concept. Light brown wood trims can be found all around the center console, to the steering wheel, and the door panels, giving it a touch of elegance. Floating elements can be found inside which include the center console, and a long horizontal LCD screen that stretches from the gauge cluster to the passenger dash. More screens are found on the back of each headrest as individual entertainment systems for the second and third row passengers. The Yuntu has a total of eleven large touch sensitive displays.

The Yuntu, which is Chinese for “cloud”, features the design of a classic Jeep combined with futuristic elements. The first thing you’ll probably notice is its seven-slot grille and a set of long and thin LED headlights. It also features reverse suicide doors, 20-inch 10-spoke wheels, and a large imposing bumper to retain Jeep’s rugged personality.

So far, the Yuntu is all about interior and exterior design concepts. The company did not give out any details regarding the performance or the engine of the Yuntu. However, the “PHEV” badges found on the exterior hint that the concept will be built with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which we have not seen in a Jeep ever, so this will be a first if ever. According to International Business Times, this model might have a 3.6 liter plug-in hybrid.

The good news is that the three-row Yuntu may reach production stage, so it won’t just be a design study. If this pushes through, then the local GAC-Fiat joint venture will be in charge of manufacturing. However, this model will likely be exclusively limited to the Chinese market. It’s possible that a Chrysler-badged model might be exported to the United States. The Jeep Yuntu is currently on display at the Auto Shanghai.

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