Futuristic Yuhu Concept Pickup Truck Should Go Back To The Future

There's only one Yuhu concept truck, and for that at least we can all be thankful. Displayed at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, the Yuhu is a supposed preview of a possible far-future sporty pickup truck... as far in the future as possible.

Credit and/or blame Jiangling Motor Corporation (JMC for short) for the Yuhu, a two-door and four-seat concept that's all show and no go – literally, as the display model has no engine.

JMC isn't some fly-by-night outfit by the way; the company manufactures Ford-branded commercial vehicles and SUVs in China as part of a successful and lucrative joint venture FMC.

The JMC/FMC connection may be the reason the two companies were allotted adjoining display stands at the Shanghai Auto Show. One wonders what Ford's reps thought of the Yuhu, positioned with its angry-looking grille aimed squarely in their direction.

But back to the Yuhu, a design far less refreshing than the sound-alike chocolate-flavored drink that's been quenching thirsts since 1926. Measuring more than 5 meters (over 16 feet) in length and standing almost 2 meters (6.5 feet) tall, the Yuhu is no crouching tiger. The name “Yuhu” does translate to “Domestic Tiger” so it's got that going for it, which is nice.

What it hasn't got is the promise of a smooth ride – assuming an engine is someday installed – thanks to the Yuhu's bizarre wheel/tire combos. It would appear the innovative inside-out alloy wheels extend their “spokes” claw-like up and over the tire treads. An advantage on muddy roads and in snowed-in conditions perhaps, but about as useful (and noisy) as a tank on asphalt.

A pity the Yuhu can't retract its claws like real big cats but maybe the designers will work out that particular bug far, far, FAR in the future when the Yuhu finally enters production. (via Car News China)