It’s going to be a big year for the 2021 Jeep® Wrangler. It will mark the launch of the first-ever electric version of the Wrangler to the mass-market with the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe lineup. But it also marks the first time that the Wrangler will feature direct competition when Ford Motor Company launches its new Bronco SUVs. But it isn’t stopping the Wrangler from offering even more equipment for the new model year.
Thanks to our dealer sources, we are learning about a few of the new changes coming to the 2021 Jeep Wrangler lineup. While we already discussed the minor powertrain changes and the new Wrangler Unlimited 4xe models, we figured we would dig deeper into a few of the changes coming for the 2021 model year.
Let’s start with four-wheel-drive changes. Jeep will now allow the Sahara’s Selec-Trac full-time transfer case to now to be equipped on Sport models, for the first time. The Selec-Trac transfer case automatically switches from two-wheel drive on clear roads, to four-wheel drive for continuous traction on snow, ice rain, or mud. Another change is the addition of a full-time Rock-Trac system on Rubicon models. The system offers the Rock-Trac transfer case the same automatically changing capability as the Selec-Trac system.
There will also be a few technology changes for the 2021 model year as well. The same Forward Facing Camera system found on the Gladiator Rubicon will now be available on Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon models. The forward-facing off-road camera allows obstructions ahead on the trail to be easily seen. The front camera sits behind the middle slot of Wrangler’s seven-slot grille and can be accessed through the available Off-Road Pages.
Selectable Tire Fill-Alerts (or STFA) have also now been added to Wrangler models that feature the 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system. This allows the horn to honk once when the vehicle has reached its desired tire pressure or three times when it is too high or low when filling your tires after coming off the trail.
The popular Technology Group package which has been an option on the Wrangler Sport S models has now become standard equipment on the 2021 Sport S model lineup. The package adds 7-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, air-conditioning with automatic temperature control, air filtering, Apple CarPlay® and Google Android Auto™, GPS antenna input, 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) color display in the gauge cluster, SiriusXM® with 1-Year Radio Subscription, and a USB host flip hub.
Rubicon models will also now come standard with Off-Road Plus from the Jeep Gladiator. The system allows for higher vehicle speeds with the rear locker engaged. With a push of a button, drivers can adjust throttle, transmission shift points, and traction control for peak performance on higher speed passes on sand terrain, as well as during low-speed rock crawling. This is a feature found on modern high-performance off-road vehicles, just like the Jeep Gladiator Mojave, so we expect that the upcoming Wrangler Mojave is rumored to be in the works to feature it as well.
Last but not least two new colors will be available on the Wrangler for the 2020 model year. Those colors are Hydro Blue and Snazzberry, both will be available later in the model year. The Snazzberry color was showcased on the Gladiator High Altitude at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year as a concept color. We also know that colors like Bright White, Black, Billet Silver, Sting-Gray, Granite Crystal, Sarge Green, Firecracker Red, and Hellayella will return for 2021.
So what do you think of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler model year changes? Is it enough to compete against the upcoming Ford Bronco? Leave us a comment below.