The 2021 Jeep Wrangler should be launched soon with some mild updates to the iconic off-road SUV to keep it fresh with new competition from the Ford Bronco. Most exciting will be the addition of the Mojave trim to the Wrangler lineup, making its way from the Gladiator Mojave sibling. This model is focused on high speed desert running, rather than rock crawling like the Rubicon. Other than this new trim, the only other major changes will be in the engine department, according to a report from Mopar Insiders.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler will keep the same three basic powertrains: the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, the 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder and the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6. The changes mainly stem from where you can get FCA’s eTourque mild hybrid system. Unlike 2020 and earlier, the turbo four cylinder will no longer be available in mild hybrid configuration. Your sole option with the four banger is non-hybrid and automatic.
Want a manual? You’ll have to settle for the Pentastar V6. When equipped with the manual, this is the base powertrain and transmission pairing across the lineup. Like 2020, opting for the automatic gearbox requires the eTourque mild hybrid system.
Finally, the 3.0 liter EcoDiesel with auto start-stop continues this year after its introduction in 2020. This engine is automatic only, and solely available for Wrangler Unlimited four door models.
According to previous reports, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler ordering books will open on July 8 before production starts on August 10 and deliveries begin soon after. This timetable means the Wrangler Mojave could be revealed soon this summer, likely around the time ordering books open up so prospective customers can spec their Desert Rated SUV. Other than the engine changes and new Mojave trim, it doesn’t look like any more updates are coming to the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. Still, Jeep could always have a few tricks up it’s sleeve, so watch this space for any new updates.