Jeep is doing well in China and at the same time expanding its product portfolio with new models totally dedicated to the domestic China market. A larger SUV is in the making as leaked Chinese patent images suggest. This development means that a seven-seater version of the Cherokee which was showcased as the Jeep Yuntu Concept last year is getting the production nod.
To be named Jeep Grand Commander, the production version will be manufactured at Guangzhou-Fiat facility. The leaked patent images show that the production Grand Commander’s maintains most of the styling cues of the Yuntu concept’s front end. However, the rear end looks a bit different as Jeep designers have extended the glass area all the way to edges. Apart from the patent images, our sources have revealed that for the Chinese market, the Grand Commander will make use of the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor from the latest generation Wrangler.
The Grand Commander will debut at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Jeep has made it subtly clear that the Grand Commander isn’t the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer it has promised to launch by the end of the decade in other markets including the US.