The major question about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler is – will it be a PHEV or a pure EV model? Photographers caught the new model testing without too much disguise. And guess what? It shows the charging port. So, everything is clear here. Now, we need to find details and other clues which will show us the direction of future development for this iconic off-road vehicle.
Don’t worry, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler will also offer the conventional drivetrain. Well, we won’t exclude the diesel unit as well. Before the Gladiator was unveiled, two names were in the mix for the truck, and Wrangler was one of them. Now, with pickup getting a diesel, the off-road SUV could have the same drivetrain.
The new model will still be available with open-roof and two or four-door layout. Off-road skills will definitely get a boost with the diesel unit. On the other hand, we still don’t know how electrified models will affect one of the best-known characteristics of the Wrangler SUV. The others – radiator grille and boxy look will still be there. A few new shapes and curves will modernize the look of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler.
The new 2021 Jeep Wrangler will basically offer a two-door model as the base, while the 4-door layout belongs to Unlimited version. The first one is available in three trim levels. The base one is Sport, Sport S is the mid-range offer, and the most expensive unit is Rubicon. Besides these three, Unlimited 4-door version will also offer Altitude and Sahara versions between Sport S and Rubicon. Special and limited editions are possible to take positions above the current offer. We can read about the Gladiator Hercules, and this type of unit could be part of the lineup for the new Wrangler as well. It is an improved version of the Rubicon 4×4 vehicle.
Under the hood of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler will remain two reliable petrol units. These are a 2.0-liter inline-four and the legendary 3.6-liter Pentastar powertrain. The first one is capable to produce 270 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. Turbocharged, the engine returns 24 mpg combined for 2-door models. After improvements, these numbers could jump. We heard rumors that FCA is developing a new transmission which will replace the 8-speed automatic. Some versions are going to be available with a manual gearbox.
A V6 Pentastar engine will offer more power but less torque. Whatsoever, its towing capacity is better. It returns worse fuel economy, but you won’t suffer from turbo lags with this engine. Outputs are 285 hp, 260 lb-ft, and 20 mpg combined fuel economy.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Diesel
Wrangler’s close sibling, Jeep Gladiator truck, received a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine. It is capable to produce 420 lb-ft of torque and 240 hp. It will be perfect for off-road adventures, especially with setup the current 4×4 vehicle is offering. But, this one is still questionable, since it could be too big. We expect the company to speak up soon, but it is more likely they turned to the greener variants.
Plug-In Hybrid and EV Spotted
Few spy photos are all we have about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. And these are showing the electric variant of the open-roof SUV. Photographers caught the Unlimited 4-door model with the camo over the charging port. Also, fans claiming to see this one cruising on streets say it sounds like a PHEV. This is not the first time the FCA is testing such a system.
We can find further clues in the minivan segment. Chrysler Pacifica is combining a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 16 kWh battery. This system is good for 260 hp and it has a range of 33 miles. The current version of the Wrangler SUV is heavier, and its different setup will make this number drop below 30 miles. On the other hand, improvements to the electric system will also add a couple of miles. So, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV could end up between 30-35 miles of range.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Changes and Release Date
The spied vehicle is not showing any changes compared to the existing model. Well, the current generation arrived last year, so only a minor update is possible after only three years. Also, the point is on the plug-in hybrid system and not the look of the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. Well, interior changes are always welcome, since technology is evolving very fast nowadays. We can measure its evolution in weeks, so a 2-year period could bring some radical changes. An autonomous drive for the new Wrangler EV maybe?
Spy photos caused a lot of interest among experts and rivals. The new 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV is not going to debut any time soon. However, the other companies are on the alert, since the FCA is not announcing anything. We believe the vehicle will officially show up for the first time during the second half of 2020. Is it going to be only a concept model or the production-ready SUV, we will see in a year or so.