The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Has Some Changes up its Sleeve
The Jeep Wrangler remains the most iconic go-anywhere SUV for the majority of off-road enthusiasts, but rumor has it that Jeep is gearing up to take the model to the next level as the arrival of the Ford Bronco looms on the horizon. After earning 2019 SUV of the Year honors when the latest-generation Wrangler was introduced, the model is rumored to be getting a slew of new features per trim level for the 2021 model year. According to Mopar Insiders, Jeep is looking to add more infotainment, more standard and available safety features, and improved off-road equipment.
Previously, the Sport trim on the Wrangler lineup came standard with a Command-Trac part-time four-wheel-drive system and a two-speed transfer case, but Jeep is switching it up and offering the Selec-Trac full-time transfer case on the entry-level Wrangler Sport trim for the 2021 model year. This change will be most useful for Jeepers who don’t do any off-roading as the full-time transfer case will automatically switch from two- to four-wheel-drive when conditions require it, thus saving owners money in fuel costs in the long run.
The Wrangler Rubicon trim is also expected to change, and now it’ll come standard with the Off-Road Plus feature. Off-Road Plus allows drivers to drive at higher speeds — as opposed to rock-crawling speeds — with the locking rear differential engaged. With the push of a button, drivers can adjust throttle, traction control, and transmission shift points for peak performance at higher speeds, especially when on sandy terrain. This feature is transferring over from the recently-introduced Jeep Gladiator Mojave and its Desert Rated designation. According to Mopar Insiders, the Desert Rated badge will be spreading to the Jeep Wrangler model in the 2021 model year.
Additionally, the 2021 Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon trims will also offer buyers the same forward-facing camera system offered on the Jeep Gladiator. The camera sits behind the grille and allows drivers to spot obstructions while on the trail. Meanwhile, the Sport S trim isn’t forgotten when it comes to upgrades as it’ll now feature the previously optional Technology Group Package as standard equipment. The Technology Group Package features a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, automatic climate control, a complimentary SiriusXM subscription, a 7-inch TFT color display in the gauge cluster, and other sought-after features.
All Wrangler vehicles equipped with the 7-inch touchscreen also feature a special tire-fill alert system that’s especially useful for Jeepers who tinker with their tire pressure for playing in the sand or rock climbing. The tire-fill alert honks once when optimal tire pressure is reached, or chimes three times when the pressure is either too high or too low. Engine options for the 2021 Wrangler include the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the newly-introduced 3.0-liter EcoDiesel, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. As of 2021, the inline-four engine will no longer be paired with the mild-hybrid eTorque system. Jeep is expected to introduce an electrified Wrangler soon.
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