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The 2018 Jeep Grand Commander has been snapped testing in the Australia outback.

Readers sent us these photos of the heavily-camouflaged SUV near Alice Springs, likely undergoing hot weather testing ahead of its debut later this year.

Jeep has previously confirmed plans to test the JL Wrangler in Australia, and told CarAdvice it would be out-and-about early this year, but the company wasn’t willing to talk about the Grand Commander.

Previous reports have suggested the seven-seat SUV will be reserved for the Chinese market, with a design based on the Yuntu Concept from the 2017 Shanghai motor show.

Although it shares a number of elements with the concept, the head- and taillights are larger on the production car, while the doors have proper handles. For a full look at the car (in one form, at least) we dug into its patent filing.

The car will reportedly be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, set to debut under the bonnet of the Wrangler with 209kW and 400Nm.

Jeep will likely use the Yuntu for inspiration behind the wheel, too, although the show-car glossiness should be dialled back for production.

Initially, the car will be sold only in China, with no word on whether it will be going global.

Check out the gallery for the full photo set, and thanks to John for the tip. 

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