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Jeep finds green groove with 7-seat, plug-in hybrid SUV concept

If fuel efficiency and green standards are two of your top concerns when driving a car, you’ll be doubly proud of the new Jeep Yuntu. Partnering with China, Jeep has rolled out a new hybrid SUV that boasts some impressive gas mileage and seating for seven. This is pretty groundbreaking and might foreshadow similar cars to be manufactured in the U.S.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Yuntu can drive for up to 65 kilometers (40.4 miles) powered by batteries only. The batteries can be recharged wirelessly, FCA said, and the vehicle has connectivity features such as facial and voice recognition.
  • China is a key market for Jeep, which was one of the first Western brands to establish a manufacturing beachhead here through a joint venture, Beijing Jeep, in the mid-1980s.
  • While Jeep says the Yuntu was designed only for China, where government incentives are spurring more automakers and consumers to embrace electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, some media reports speculate the concept could also preview styling cues for the next-generation Grand Cherokee or even the Grand Wagoneer, which FCA plans to revive.

“China is a key market for Jeep, which was one of the first Western brands to establish a manufacturing beachhead here through a joint venture, Beijing Jeep, in the mid-1980s.”

http://www.autonews.com/article/20170421/OEM04/170429966/jeep-finds-green-groove-with-7-seat-plug-in-hybrid-suv-concept