Marcus De Guzman / Jeep | April 21, 2017 07:26
Jeep Yuntu blends plug-in hybrid tech with high-tech digital cabin
Jeep may soon offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model in their lineup. Making its world debut at 2017 Auto Shanghai is the Yuntu Concept, a six-seater plug-in hybrid SUV that comes with a high-tech cabin and futuristic exterior.
Chinese for 'cloud', the Yuntu is slightly larger than the Grand Cherokee but gets the distinct styling the brand is known for. Up front, it gets the signature seven-slot grill that is then spruced up by thin LED headlights.
The squared wheel arches further highlight the Yuntu's ruggedness, along with the overly-large 20-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels. Even with its sleek looks, Jeep was still able to incorporate a boxy profile which blends nicely throughout the bodywork. But perhaps the Yuntu's most peculiar feature are the rear suicide doors that make ingress and egress easier.
Step inside and the Yuntu greets occupants with a floating center console that comes with a vast array of monitors and displays. The dashboard itself is comprised of three fully-digital screens that can display navigation, points of interests, etc. The two rows of seats all get their own multimedia system that comes with dual monitors. It also gets what appear to be individual climate control for each seat.
Other details about the Yuntu's interior are still a mystery but it looks like the concept SUV features leather upholstery, soft-touch materials and controls and a mix of wood and high-quality trim pieces.
As mentioned earlier, the Yuntu is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, though Jeep did not mention as to how much power it produces. If Jeep is indeed serious about the Yuntu's plug-in hybrid, future 4x4s from the brand could be available with alternative means of propulsion.
Rumors are going around, however, that a production version might be possible through the GAC-Fiat venture. Whether it becomes globally available or as a China-only model remains a mystery.