Ahead of its unveil at the 2017 Shanghai motor show next week, Jeep has released two sketches of its new seven-seat SUV.

The new Jeep is rumoured to be named the ‘Yuntu’ (Chinese translation: cloud) and only available for sale in China which suggests it’s a product of GAC (Guangzhou Automobile Group) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. No specification has been released yet.

Sketches of Jeep’s Yuntu concept shows PHEV badges on the front guards, hinting it will join the blooming plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) market (read more: Mitsubishi PHEV review).

The sharp design encapsulates elements of modern Jeep SUVs and looks like it could easily be restyled to shrink from a wagon to coupe – much like the successful Range Rover Evoque – but with a plug you connect to the wall at home. A single centre mounted handle for both front and rear doors suggests it may also feature suicide doors, like the Toyota FJ Cruiser.

More details, such as engine and PHEV range, along with availability and if we’ll see a global version should be known once it is officially unveiled next week.


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