Curious looking new patent drawings from Jeep have just surfaced. They appear to show a 3-Row Jeep SUV design outline. The patent drawings were taken from the database of European Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market or OHIM in short, and they swiftly made their way onto the interwebs.
Whats in the drawings?
Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t the Jeep Wagoneer that is expected to arrive soon. It is more likely that these are the drawings for the production version of the plug-in hybrid Yuntu concept that just premiered at the 2017 Shanghai auto show last month. When we compare the Yuntu concept with the vehicle depicted in the sketches, the greenhouse design and wheel arches of the two vehicles look almost identical. Moreover, the grille design is fairly similar as well.
There are some minor discrepancies between the two vehicles, however. The patent drawings, 3-Row Jeep SUV model has longer overhangs both in the front and the rear, and a lower ride height. What is more, the model from the drawings appears to have a thicker tailgate, wider C-pillars, as well as a more contemporary head and taillight design as opposed to the ones on the Yuntu concept. The images also let us know that this vehicle will not be a serious off-roader. That is evident by its low approach and departure angles.
Jeep Yuntu Concept:
3-Row Jeep SUV Release Date and Price
Jeep hasn’t commented yet on whether they are planning to produce a version of the Yuntu concept at some point, but from what we have seen in these new patent drawings, we are almost certain that the an official announcement will be soon to follow. But, unfortunately, we don’t expect to see this version of the 3-Row Jeep SUV on the US market any time soon, due to its lack of off-road capabilities. It will most likely only be offered on the Asian market
On the US market, however, you can expect to get the first preview of the new Wagoneer by the end of the year, even though they aren’t expected to hit the showrooms until 2019. This will be a full-size SUV, underpinned by a body-on-frame platform of the next-generation Ram 1500. It will be offered in the standard trim, as well as an extra-big, and extra-plush Grand Wagoneer trim.
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