The Yuntu won't be sold in the U.S., but it could spawn the next Chrysler crossover.
Jeep made a splash at the biennial Shanghai Auto Show this year by introducing a concept named Yuntu--a rare full-on concept reveal in China from multinational manufacturer FCA.
The seven-seater Yuntu concept looks sharper than any past or present member of the company's lineup. Its design is characterized by a tall, upright front end with a short rendition of Jeep's trademarked seven-slot grille, blacked-out roof pillars, and an elegant strip of chrome trim that runs from the side mirror to the D-pillar on either side.
The PHEV emblems on the front doors confirm power for the Yuntu comes from a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Additional technical details haven't been made public yet, but it's reasonable to assume the battery pack is capable of powering the soft-roader on its own for relatively short distances.
The Jeep Yuntu concept will spawn a regular-production model in the coming months, according to Motor1. It will be built and sold locally (meaning in China), and it likely won't join the Jeep lineup in the United States, but a Chrysler-badged model with the same plug-in drivetrain and seven-seater layout could debut before the end of the year.
If the rumors are accurate, the Chrysler variant will be manufactured by Jeep alongside the Cherokee in its Belvidere, Illinois, factory.
Live photos by Ronan Glon.