Jeep Releases Yuntu Teaser Sketches Prior To Shanghai Reveal

Jeep has released teaser concept sketches of its plug-in hybrid SUV, which may be called the Jeep Yuntu in the Chinese market and perhaps globally.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles division is set to officially launch the new vehicle next Wednesday at Auto Shanghai.

Jeep has been releasing information on the concept vehicle for several weeks. The new images include “PHEV” on the driver-side front door, indicating it will be a plug-in hybrid, the first electrified vehicle that Jeep will bring to the global market.

If the Yuntu ends up being close to the concept design, it would be the most unique and eye-catching vehicle in the Jeep lineup. The futuristic, box-like design is clearly distinct from the current Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Compass models in Jeep’s SUV crossover offerings. It has very little in common with Jeep’s classic Wrangler look, either.

It may have more in common with luxury SUVs in design or on the market from German automakers.

The seven-seat, three-row SUV does bring a few new features to the Jeep lineup. The side door handles appear to be joined in the middle, which would mean suicide doors. Two-tone alloy wheels are distinct from anything else in Jeep vehicles.

As for futuristic, the front end design stands out with a seven-slot grille and thin LED headlights that break away from round headlights seen on all other Jeeps.

Jeep is showing off a 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk this week at the New York Auto Show. It looks more like other Cherokees and is more about power than fuel efficiency. The automaker describes the Trackhawk as the most powerful SUV ever with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine capable of delivering 707 in horsepower and 645 lbs.-ft. in torque.

Inside EVs reports that media coverage from China indicates the Yuntu is likely to be part of a three-row SUV production model built by the GAC-Fiat joint venture.

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