Jeep Unveiling Plug-In Hybrid Concept At Shanghai Auto Show (Likely For China Only)

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Jeep will reportedly be unveiling a new plug-in hybrid concept crossover/SUV at the upcoming 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, one that (from the looks of the sketches) seems to not be intended for off-road use.

Considering what a natural fit a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Jeep with a decent battery capacity would be for off-road use (a backup power source, added resiliency of operation in case of fuel shortages, etc.), it’s a bit surprising that the company hasn’t offered anything yet. I would guess that there’s a market there — though, maybe I’m wrong.

With regard to the new PHEV concept, going by the renders, it appears that it’s intended primarily for city use rather than anything too rough, but perhaps it still serves as a sign that the company is beginning to take a real look at the electrification of some of its vehicles.

Motor Authority provides more: “Official teasers for the vehicle, believed to be called the Yuntu, have surfaced and reveal a modern yet handsome design that we’re hoping is production bound. The teasers also reveal that the concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

“The beltline, floating roof and wheel arches resemble elements on the latest Jeep Compass, however, the front and rear of the concept are unique. The concept is also thought to be sized between the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee and fitted with third-row seats.

“It isn’t a serious off-roader, though. You can tell because of its low departure angle. This has led to rumors that any production model will be limited to the Chinese market and that versions sold outside of China will lose the Jeep styling cues and adopt either Chrysler or Dodge badges.”

That rumor seems fairly likely to be true … if I was to make a guess on the matter … but we’ll have to wait to see.

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