Shanghai Debuts Jeep Yuntu, Precursor to Grand Wagoneer

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Jeep’s latest concept from the Shanghai Motor Show provides clues to the next Grand Wagoneer.

With the conclusion of the NYIAS, auto show season is officially over in the United States. But there’s still a major show going on in a market that’s important to Jeep’s continued growth: China. The Shanghai Motor Show brings a new concept, called the Yuntu, that gives us our best look yet into what Jeep has in mind for the new Grand Wagoneer.

Though purely a concept — a production-version won’t have a lot of the futuristic design — we can get glimpses of where the company is going. The front grille follows the same design language that the new Compass employs. The contrasting roof and pillars also make us think a lot about the new Compass.

It’s unlikely the seats or steering wheel will make production, but the latest Grand Wagoneer should have all of the latest Jeep tech, including the upgraded Uconnect, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto.

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This concept’s approach and departure angles look to be pretty impressive, and it’ll be interesting to see if the final version has that much ground clearance. It’s a possibility, since every Jeep these days has a Trailhawk option that’ll improve the off-road ability.

The Yuntu concept is confirmed to have a hybrid engine powering it, but it’s unclear whether a production Grand Wagoneer would offer a hybrid. It’s not impossible for a hybrid to make it to production, but at this point we’d expect a turbo 4-cylinder, the Pentastar V6, and a Hemi V8 as the engines at launch.

Jeep has a lot on their plate before we start seeing news on the Grand Wagoneer. The new Wrangler is a launch they can’t afford to mess up, so we wouldn’t expect to see much information about the final Wagoneer product until after that point.

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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