The American automotive manufacturer Jeep surprised us all with a seven seater SUV in 2006, namely the GC-based Jeep Commander (XK). Sadly, all good things must come to an end, as the Commander was axed in 2010. With this in mind, the loyal followers of Jeep are all wondering if they can stumble on another 7- seater SUV. Well folks, the good news is here.
The Fiat Chrysler Automobile-owned company is planning to give the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer a second life as luxury SUVs; however, Jeep will possibly launch a 7 seater SUV if there will be a great demand for this type of SUV. Finally, we have a high-resolution teaser concept in our hands, in which the SUV looks impressive.
Believed to be the Jeep "Yuntu", this 3 row SUV will have a futuristic theme to its exterior design while maintaining a ruggedly dapper look. The new images revealed a raked windscreen, and the corporate 7 slot grille is enclosed by a pair of slim LED headlights that is not typical on previous Jeep models.
A duo of tow hooks can be seen along an aluminium underbody protection below the SUV. The side profile is more familiar, with the company's trademark square wheel arches and a plastic body covering also fitted onto the skirts. Polished mirrors hinted that this is more a concept rather than an actual production model, akin to the flush door handles.
Moreover, the said flush door handles are seen to be merging in the center, which hints that this SUV is ideal for suicide doors. Even more eye-catching is the bulky 2 tone alloy wheels fitted with off-road tires.
The Yuntu's roof panel and the A-pillars are uniformly black in color in a bid to decrease visual mass. Meanwhile, thin strips of chrome trim decorate the side mirrors to the uppermost D-pillars that add a premium touch to the concept SUV. Also, there is an interesting part of the SUV- a "PHEV" etching on the front doors. Will this be the start of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Jeep company? We'll see, although the representatives of Jeep are still mum on the tech specs of the Yuntu.
Located in the rear fascia are thin taillight clusters and a window that slightly extends to the side of the SUV. Moreover, the rear fascia of the SUV seems to have a vertically split tailgate since there is a rather small gap in the center. And while Jeep did not release the images the Yuntu's interior, it is obvious that the SUV has 3 rows of seats that can accommodate 7 passengers, or maybe even more.
However, its seems the Jeep Yuntu will not be merely a concept after all, as talks coming from China hinted that the 3-row Yuntu will enter production, but will only be produced locally. The unveiling is set for next Wednesday at the Auto Shanghai Motor Show.