2021 Jeep Wrangler Will Get Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain

The famous SUV has been redesigned recently but that doesn’t mean we won’t see more novelties in the future. It looks like the company will practice yearly updates, which is definitely a great thing. Therefore, we are about to see some pretty interesting and quite important novelties for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. While the 2020 model year is about to come with a diesel engine, a plug-in hybrid will come a year later. This will definitely be the biggest and most important change for this model year, but we may see a couple of more novelties as well.

Of course, that primarily refers to standard features, but the new electrified version may also come with a couple of distinctive styling details, considering that the test mule of a new hybrid has been spotted and that it wears a camouflage. In any case, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler may come a little bit earlier than usual.

2021 Jeep Wrangler

2021 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid

There is no doubt that the new plug-in hybrid powertrain will be the biggest novelty for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. This will be the first time to see an electrified Jeep model, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are about to see a completely new setup. Most reports suggest we are about to see a familiar hybrid system, the same one that can be found in Chrysler Pacifica. This system is good for about 260 horsepower and features an all-electric range of 33 miles.

Due to much more weight and worse aerodynamics, this range will probably be shorter in the Wrangler, though some reports suggest we could see a larger battery pack instead. On the other side, there are also reports that suggest we may see a new system, based on a smaller and more efficient turbo-four engine.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Engines

When it comes to the rest of the powertrain lineup, we expect no changes. Base models will carry on with a 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. You can also get a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which delivers around 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine is actually more interesting to drive, despite it has less power. In this case, an additional torque does the job. Finally, a diesel version is about to come soon. We count on a new version of a 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit, which delivers around 260 horsepower and an impressive 480 pound-feet of torque.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the base V6 engine is good for about 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four is much better, as it returns around 23 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2021 Jeep Wrangler rear

2021 Jeep Wrangler Design

In terms of base design characteristics, we don’t expect to see any particular change. This refers both to the exterior and interior design. When it comes to the exterior, this SUV hasn’t changed for decades, so don’t expect any different for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler either. Still, there is a chance to see a couple of distinctive details on the upcoming plug-in hybrid version. The testing model of this version has been spotted and it wears a camouflage, which indicates we might see a couple of distinctive details that will emphasize its electrified character.

On the inside, things will remain pretty much the same. Count on the same dashboard design, which somehow looks modern and rugged at the same time. Of course, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler will continue with two versions in the offer, with three or five doors. Naturally, the five-door version is much more spacious, especially when it comes to the cargo volume.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Interior

Features

Despite primarily an off-road vehicle, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler will come with loads of sophisticated tech goodies. We could see a couple of novelties, but this list of standard equipment will be quite similar to the current one. This means that all models will come standard with things like a 5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, USB and auxiliary ports, and Bluetooth. Of course, bigger screens are available, as well as navigation, an Alpine audio system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

When it comes to safety, a rearview camera is the only standard features. On the other side, higher trims offer things like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Release Date and Price

We presume that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler will come a little bit earlier than usual, particularly the new plug-in hybrid version, so we may see it already in the third quarter of the next year. When it comes to the price, base models will go around 28.000 dollars. Key rivals are models like Toyota 4Runner and the upcoming Ford Bronco.

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