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New Rubicon Options, And A Possible New Color

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Adventure Academy
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To bring the fight to a certain new off-road SUV, the Jeep Wrangler is getting some mild updates for the 2021 model year. This isn’t a mid-life refresh, but rather some option and trim revisions to keep things fresh. Thanks to an order guide published in JLWranglerForumswe have a few new details, specifically on the some of the Unlimited four door trim levels.

For starters, we have finalized information on the 2021 Wrangler’s powertrain options. The 3.6L Pentastar V6 is still available with a six speed manual, but if you opt for the eight speed automatic, you must have the eTorque mild hybrid system as well. The 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder is also eight speed auto only, but isn’t available in mild hybrid format. Finally, the 3.0 liter turbo EcoDiesel returns as the torquiest engine, and is offered solely with an eight speed auto. Except for the 80th Anniversary and High Altitude models, which step up to the four cylinder turbo, the manual Pentastar V6 is the base powertrain.

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is getting some new options, too. The Full Time 4WD Roc-Trac HD system is now available on the Wrangler Rubicon. This system uses Jeep’s own algorithms to decide when to send power to all four wheels, similar to torque vectoring. It’s been offered on the Wrangler Sahara and Gladiator Rubicon in years past. Also coming from the Gladiator is the front view trail cam. The Rubicon also gains the Heavy Duty Rock Slider with Step Assist.

The color palette is also slightly revised for 2021. Midway through 2020, Jeep quietly dropped Bikini Blue, Mojito and Punk’n, and adde Sarge Green. Those missing colors aren’t coming back for 2021, and neither is Ocean Blue. Luckily, Snazzberry is added to the lineup. There’s also mention in the order guide of “Chief Clear Coat,” although we haven’t seen any official information on this color yet. Jeep offered the JK Wrangler in Chief Blue Clear Coat, which is a bright Smurf-like blue. This means there’s a chance this color could return for 2021, but it’s unclear when or on what trim levels. The official color list is as follows:

  • Billet Silver Metallic
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Chief Clear Coat (In order guide, but yet unconfirmed)
  • Firecracker Red
  • Granite Crystal Metallic
  • Hellayella Clear Coat
  • Sarge Green Clear Coat
  • Snazzberry Clear Coat
  • Sting-Gray Clear Coat


Jeep Wrangler Islander
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The Jeep Wrangler’s trim levels are also slightly revised for 2021. The Black and Tan, Sport Altitude, Freedom Edition, North Edition, and Rubicon Recon models are dropped, while the Islander, 80th Anniversary and Altitude models are added. The final trim breakdown is as follows, with starting prices:

  • Sport, $31,795
  • Willys Sport, $33,740
  • Sport S, $35,935
  • Islander, $37,630
  • Altitude, $37,630
  • Willys, $38,430
  • Sahara, $38,890
  • 80th Anniversary, $39,735
  • Sahara Altitude, $42,185
  • Rubicon, $42,195
  • High Altitude, $49,495

The plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe is also coming in 2021, but wasn’t included in this order guide. Still, we know it will be available in standard 4xe, Sahara 4xe and Rubicon 4xe trim levels, with 375 hp and 25 miles of pure electric range.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler configurator is live.

2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Hybrid


Written by Sam Krahn

Sam graduated with a communications Degree from Wayne State University, where he was also a member of the swim team. He's interested to see how new technology will affect the American performance vehicle landscape.

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  1. I just tried to order the Wrangler in Chief, and was rebuffed. The dealer listed “other colors that are available on the Wrangler’s [sic] right now you can’t get the chief”

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