Auto Shows Jeep Yuntu Concept for China Looks to the Future

18:40  22 april  2017
18:40  22 april  2017 Source:   Motor Trend

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Jeep created this Yuntu SUV Concept , and it features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. These future design cues could be applied either to China -specific versions of current vehicles, or they could also appear on vehicles in other markets such as the US.

The Jeep Yuntu Concept made its debut this week at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. The seven-seat, plug-in hybrid SUV concept was crafted for Chinese tastes. Before you ask, no, it's not for the U.S. — well, at least not for now.

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Jeep Yuntu plug-in hybrid SUV concept signals brand’s future direction in China market. We don’t altogether hate the looks or the idea of the Yuntu , although the Jeep traditionalists will likely howl at the idea of a plug-in Jeep .

"SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Concept showcases the potential for the Jeep brand to keep expanding in the country," said FCA in a statement.

Yuntu translates roughly into "cloud map" in English. The snow-white concept Jeep sports sharp, clean lines, slim LED headlights and taillights, a chrome grille, golden bronze flourishes, and suicide doors.

Jeep-Yuntu-Concept-Rear © Motor Trend Staff Jeep-Yuntu-Concept-Rear

Inside, the Yuntu offers up plenty of blonde wood trim on the dash, steering wheel, and center console. There's a large color video display touchscreen that seems to stretch from the driver's side all the way to the passenger's glove box.

It also sports a funky gearshift knob, captain's chairs with built-in monitors, and more golden trim highlights all around.

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This concept might be for China , but it looks much too corporate for it not to reflect what’s in the mind of Jeep ’s North American styling department. More information on the Jeep Yuntu concept will become available later this week.

The images give a hint that the Yuntu concept will turn into a new seven-seater flagship SUV of Jeep in the future . Jeep 's SUV portfolio had a void after the Commander was taken off in 2010, leaving people who wanted over five-seater vehicles to look at other auto Jeep Yuntu conceptJeep China .

The concept was designed with families in mind and the second row of seats have the "ability to lie down and flip," according to Jeep's Chinese website.

Jeep Yuntu Concept Doors © Motor Trend Staff Jeep Yuntu Concept Doors

It also features gesture controls and offers facial recognition software to identify the owner and passengers for security. No key is required to operate the Yuntu thanks to its biometric technology, the site claims.

Jeep's Yuntu also comes with its own exploratory drone that scans the road ahead to help plan off-road driving routes.

Jeep Yuntu Concept Rear Seats © Motor Trend Staff Jeep Yuntu Concept Rear Seats

The Yuntu has an all-electric range of approximately 40 miles and its batteries can be charged wirelessly, according to the automaker. No other details regarding its hybrid system were provided.

The design concept is a joint venture with Jeep's Chinese partner Guangzhou Automotive Group (GAC), which currently produces Jeep Cherokees and Renegades for the Chinese market.

Source: Jeep

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