Despite that the current generation of the iconic SUV has been around for less than two years, we are about to see some pretty big changes for the next year. No, we won’t see any changes on the sheet metal that would affect the legendary look, which hasn’t changed for decades. We are about to see novelties under the hood, where the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is about to get a plug-in hybrid option. This will be the fourth powertrain option in the offer, as besides two gasoline units, there is also a new turbodiesel to come in the summer.
Other than a new engine, things are expected to remain pretty much the same, particularly when it comes to the exterior design and base design characteristics. On the other side, novelties in terms of new standard equipment are always welcome, so we might see some of them as well. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is expected to hit the market in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Plug-In Hybrid
There is no doubt that this is going to be the biggest novelty for the next year. The new powertrain option will be offered exclusively in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, while the smaller three-row model will continue with conventional internal-combustion engines only. There is no doubt that the new version will feature the same system as Chrysler Pacifica. Still, there is a big chance to see a slight power boost, so the new Wrangler might feature more than 260 horsepower.
The system in Pacifica is great in many ways. Not only that it features a solid amount of power and good fuel economy, but it also features a very good 33-mile all-electric range. If we consider that the Wrangler is a notably heavier vehicle, with worse aerodynamics, it’s not hard to presume that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited PHEV might get a bigger battery pack, in order to feature similar results.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Engines
Other than the new hybrid version, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will continue with the same engines in the offer. Currently, this model comes with two gasoline engines in the offer. Base models are equipped with a 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. You can also get an optional 2.0-liter turbo-four, which features a max output of around 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-four seems like a better choice, as it delivers a similar amount of power, but returns notably more miles per gallon. You may count on about 22 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Also, we are waiting for the new diesel version, which will hit the market this summer. It will come with a 3.0-liter V6, with a max output of 260 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
Exterior and Interior
Other than a new powertrain, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is about to continue in the pretty much same way. We expect to see a familiar design, which hasn’t been changed over the decades. The recent redesign has brought minor changes only, so it’s not hard to presume that FCA won’t offer any changes during the production cycle.
The same thing goes for the interior design, although we have to mention that the recent redesign has brought a completely new cabin layout, characterized by a new dashboard that seems much more refined than before. Also, this particular version features two quite spacious rows of seats and generous amounts of legroom. The cargo area is spacious as well, as you may count on pretty respectable 32 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 72 cubic feet of the overall cargo volume.
As we already mentioned, novelties in terms of standard equipment are always more than welcome. Therefore, we might see a couple of additions, though we don’t expect anything significant, as the current model already comes well-equipped. Base models come with things like a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, eight speakers, push-button start, and cruise control. In higher trims, you can get a bigger 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen, as well as things like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker stereo.
Typically for the brand, the list of safety features isn’t that long. Base models come with a rearview camera only, while you can additionally get things like blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes when ic comes to gasoline models. The V6 version starts at 32.000 dollars, while the turbo-four costs an additional 1.500 dollars. Prices for diesel and PHEV models are still unknown.