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JEEP un­veiled its Yuntu plug-in hy­brid con­cept at the 2017 Shang­hai Auto Show, where car mak­ers last week scram­bled to show elec­tric and hy­brid cars that will meet China’s aims to re­duce ex­haust pipe emis­sions.

China’s new emis­sion rules count any car with an ex­haust — in­clud­ing hy­brid cars like the Yunto and Toy­ota Prius — as a petrol cars, which means car mak­ers will be pe­nalised for sell­ing such cars in China.

This is fair enough, con­sid­er­ing that most hy­brids can­not go more than 60 km on a charge on steep hills. Jeep’s Chi­nese web­site states the Yuntu Con­cept has an all-elec­tric range of 65 km — on the level.

The pun­ters at the Shang­hai show could not care less and milled about the Yuntu, which means “cloud” in Chi­nese. The doors open barn-door style to re­veal three rows of seats.

Jeep said in a state­ment SUVs are the fastest-grow­ing seg­ment in China and the Jeep Yuntu Con­cept show­cases the po­ten­tial for the Jeep brand to keep ex­pand­ing in the coun­try.

The Yuntu Con­cept fea­tures ges­ture con­trols and of­fers fa­cial recog­ni­tion soft­ware to iden­tify the owner and pas­sen­gers for se­cu­rity. No key is re­quired to op­er­ate the Yuntu thanks to its biometric tech­nol­ogy.

Jeep’s Yuntu also comes with its own ex­ploratory drone that scans the road ahead to help plan off-road driv­ing routes.


THe Jeep Juntu con­cept SUV un­veiled at the Shang­hai Auto Show.

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