Jeep Yuntu PHEV Concept At Shanghai Auto Show Is Very “Concepty”April 24th, 2017 by James AyreAs the company was expected to, Jeep has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept vehicle at the Shanghai Auto Show, giving us our first look at what the company thinks the buyers of plug-in electric vehicles are looking for…And the concept doesn’t seem to inspire much confidence in the company’s willingness to release plug-in electric vehicles. Is it because the companies don’t want to see sales of their flagship internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles siphoned off by less-profitable electrified vehicles? Anyways, back to the recent reveal of the Jeep Yuntu concept car: No details about the powertrain were revealed, but the model reportedly would feature an all-electric range of around 65 kilometers (40 miles), accomplished by a battery pack of unknown size. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. … In other words, it looks like a silly concept car, rather than simply an electrified version of one of the company’s popular products — like the Wrangler or Grand Cherokee.
Floating seatsThe seats are mounted on thin stanchions to increase floor space and addto the impression that the seats are floating in the cabin. Also: Class of 2018 – New Cars Ready to RollWhile Jeep offered scant details on the concept, the PHEV badging indicates that when the vehicle goes into production it will likely be a plug-in. Jeep did say that the vehicle was presented as a China-only proposition, but given the strength of the 3-row SUV market in the U.S., Yuntu could be an indication of the company’s thinking on its next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which currently offers only 2-row seating. China has an aggressive electrification program with incentives for manufacturers to build both pure electrics and plug-in hybrids. The backs of the first and second row bucket seats have two screens, a main one topped by an auxiliary screen nestled in the headrest.
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