With the recent debut of Ford’s new Bronco lineup, the 2021 model year is about to be an important one for the Jeep Wrangler. With its first real challenger from the Blue Oval in years drawing up so much attention, Jeep has gone ahead and made a few tweaks to the Wrangler lineup. While details on both the Wrangler 4xe and Wrangler 392 are coming soon, here is everything else you should know about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler.
The most notable changes coming to the Wrangler for 2021 is a newly revised powertrain lineup. More specifically, the changes will affect the Sport, Sahara and Rubicon models. The break down goes as follows: the 2.0L with Engine Start Stop will be available with the automatic transmission only, while the 3.6L V6 will be offered solely with the stick shift. FCA is also throwing in a 3.6L mated to an eTorque mild-hybrid system, available solely with the slushbox. The 3.0L EcoDiesel will be available for the four-door models only.
Two new special editions will also be joining the Wrangler lineup for 2021: the 80th Anniversary Edition and Islander Edition. The 80th Anniversary Jeep Wrangler will feature optional leather seats with Granite Crystal interior accents, a three-piece black hardtop, 18-inch wheels with Granite Crystal finish and unique commemorative exterior badging. The Islander Edition brings a unique beach vibe to the off-roader, and includes a “Jeep Tiki” hood decal, a set of black side steps, and 17-inch wheels wrapped in 32-inch tires. Buyers will also have the option to spec a white hard top to further tie the look together.
FCA has also made a few adjustments that span the entire Wrangler lineup. Every Jeep Wrangler will now come with two additional USB ports that can be used for charging, and the Select Tire Fill Alert is now standard with 7- and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreens. Should you have the larger Uconnect system, Jeep will also include their TrailCam forward-facing off-road camera, which can be accessed through their Off-Road pages inside the infotainment.
Jeep hasn’t forgotten the hardcore off-roaders among their faithful either. 2021 will see the addition of the Off-Road Plus software coming as standard equipment on the Rubicon. This system adjusts throttle, transmission shift points and traction control for maximum off-road capability and ease of use. There’s also a new optional Rock-Trac 4×4 system complete with a 4LO ratio of 4:1 availve for Rubicon buyers. Wrangler Sport buyers will get some upgraded hardware too, as a Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 ratio low-range joins the options list.
Ford may have decided that they were coming after the Wrangler in 2021, but FCA isn’t resting on their laurels. They’ve made some tweaks to keep the Jeep Wrangler atop its off-roading throne. Now we just have to wait and see which SUV will capture the hearts of the buying public.