The turbocharged crossover seems destined for the Chinese market.
Jeep appears poised to release a new 7-seater crossover for the Chinese market. New patent filings show what this vehicle could look like.
In April Jeep previewed a 7-seater crossover called the Yuntu at the Shanghai Motor Show. While that show car was more concept-y, with suicide doors, thin lights and mirrors, and a large glass greenhouse, the latest crop of images show a much closer-to-production rendering. The illustrations were part of a patent filing reported by Chinese site AutoHome, who also says the model will be called the Grand Commander.
The images show a rather handsome, squared-off vehicle with a sporty stance. The front fascia is reminiscent of the Trackhawk, thanks to a low air dam, wide intakes, and a power bulge on the hood. It's overhangs appear to hamper approach and departure angles, but few will probably take the vehicle off-road. The long roof ends with a small spoiler overhanging the rear window.
Autoblog reports that the Grand Commander will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood, likely the same 270-horsepower mill in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The plug-in hybrid powertrain that will power an upcoming Wrangler variant could also make its way into the Grand Commander. The the Yuntu concept's plug-in hybrid drivetrain hinted as much.
Sadly, the Grand Commander does not appear to be destined for the North American market.