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What’s the new Jeep? (revised)

by David Zatz on

FCA applied for a patent on a new seven-passenger Jeep recently, in a story carried on many social-media outlets. Some speculated it might be the Wagoneer, but given how long it will be before the Wagoneer arrives — the Ram has to move to Sterling Heights and Warren Assembly has to be renovated — that seems highly unlikely.

seven passenger Jeep patent drawingsThe original rendering had too little front overhang and smaller wheels. This modified rendering resolves those problems.

IndianAutosBlog rendered a surface for the patent drawings, and came up with the image above (their full story). The site did not commit itself as to whether this was the Wagoneer or the Yuntu (a Chinese Jeep concept), but it is mildly close in appearance to the Yuntu and Jeep K8.

Jeep K8

The K8 (its final name is still unknown)  is based on the Jeep Cherokee, but has extensive changes, including greater length. Allpar sources claim the K8 will not be sold in North America, but that a Chrysler crossover will adopt much of its engineering.

Given that length sells in China, Jeep may be doing two lengths for the K8 — one for five passengers and one for seven. What are your thoughts?


David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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