With no seven seaters in Jeep’s current lineup, the closest example of what a Wagoneer could look like comes form the Yuntu concept, which has been spotted testing under camouflage in in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Though slated for release in China only, perhaps the Yuntu will give us a glimpse of what the next gen Grand Wagoneer could look like.
Much is still hidden, but a long wheelbase gives it away as a three-row vehicle and much of design looks like it was lifted straight off the hybrid Yuntu concept that was revealed at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show. The wheel arches and grille looks almost identical, at least from what we can see. The window shape is also the same for both vehicles.
Though Jeep gave no indication of a future North America Yuntu release, the automaker could make a few tweaks to the frame and badge it as a Grand Wagoneer for U.S sale. If previous rumors about it being a body-on-frame vehicle had not surfaced, we would have expected to see a Yuntu based Grand Wagoneer in the future.
Much of the Wagoneer’s design is still under wraps, but AutoGuide thinks the Yuntu’s fate in the U.S. will become clear in the coming months.
The Yuntu concept's front design wasn't the best, the grille looked too small and left a large gap between it and the lower bumper. Air intakes were ugly too, though I do like the proportions and that's likely to be carried over to the Wagoneer.