The FCA enthusiast website AllPar has released images of what it says is Jeep’s new concept bound for the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. While Jeep has confirmed plans for a concept at the show, they’ve been mum on details that AllPar is apparently filling in.
Known as the K8 (although that’s not likely it’s final name), the concept will allegedly preview a new seven-seat crossover that is slightly larger than the Cherokee. It actually shares its CUSW platform with the Cherokee, but will be lengthened to add a couple seats in a third row.
Looking at the images, the relationship to the Cherokee is readily apparent. Proportions are similar, albeit wrapped in a design that is very similar to the Grand Cherokee and Compass.
The report also claims that the Jeep concept will be powered by an evolved version of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s plug-in powertrain.
Production of a version of this concept is slated to start in China later this summer. There’s no word yet on if Jeep plans to make this a global model (the initial vibe is no), but expect the seven-seat packaging of this Jeep to foreshadow an upcoming new Chrysler crossover for North America.