2021 Jeep Wrangler Will Get Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain
The iconic SUV has been redesigned recently, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing further changes and novelties during this production cycle. Yearly updates are something typical for Jeep, so it’s no wonder that the 2020 model year comes with a new diesel version. Interestingly, novelties for the next year are also expected under the hood. Of course, we are talking about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV, one of the most anticipated models in FCA’s lineup for the next year. At this point, we don’t have details but it looks very likely that the new truck will come with a similar setup to one we can see in the Chrysler Pacifica.
Other than a new hybrid powertrain, we probably won’t see more significant changes. Of course, new 2021 Jeep Wrangler colors and accessories are always possible, as well as some special edition. However, it seems to early to talk about these details at the moment. We expect to see the new model sometime in the last quarter of 2020.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid
There is no doubt that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Plug-In Hybrid will be the most interesting novelty for the next year. At this point, we are still waiting for the official details, but it looks very likely that the new model will feature a system that is pretty similar to one that powers Chrysler Pacifica. The popular minivan comes with a system that combines a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine and a 16-kWh battery pack, for a total amount of 260 horsepower.
Also, an all-electric range goes around 33 miles. Given the Wrangler’s size and aerodynamics, there’s no doubt that the range would be much shorter. Therefore, many suggest that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler PHEV could come with a bigger battery pack, though the company is still silent on this matter, as we already mentioned.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Design
In terms of base design characteristics, things will definitely remain the same. The current generation is pretty fresh on the market and we don’t expect bigger modifications in the following years. The overall shape and look, as well as mechanics, are expected to remain the same. Therefore, count on a familiar styling, as well as on two familiar body styles. Speaking of the body styles, some reports suggest that the new hybrid powertrain will be available in the four-door 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited only.
On the inside, things are also about to remain pretty much the same. This means you can count on a familiar dashboard design, which combines modern and retro design solutions in a pretty stylish way. Also, the four-door Unlimited version is also characterized by comfortable rear seats and more than decent cargo volume.
Other than a new hybrid version, the engine lineup is expected to remain the same. An oil-burner is on its way and we have no doubt that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Diesel will be part of the standard offer. Of course, we are talking about the familiar 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel, which delivers a pretty impressive 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
The rest of the lineup consists of two gasoline engines. Base models will carry on with a 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Also, there is a new 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and actually delivers better driving dynamics than the V6, due to the additional torque.
When it comes to the transmission, a manual gearbox is standard with the V6. An automatic transmission is available with this, and standard in combination with other engines.
In this aspect, novelties are always possible. Therefore, count on additions in terms of standard equipment, though we have to say that the current model is already quite generous in this aspect. All models come standard with tech goodies like 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, eight speakers, push-button start, cruise control etc. Of course, there is much more in higher trims, where you can get bigger 7- or 8.4 touchscreens, as well as things like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, satellite radio, premium audio system etc.
When it comes to safety systems, we would like to see more standard features. The current model comes with a rearview camera only. Still, the list of optional features isn’t particularly long either, as you can only get things like blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Release Date and Price
Despite the new hybrid version, we don’t expect that to see a much earlier launch date than usual. The new model should hit the market in the last quarter of 2020. The same thing goes for the price, which should start at around 28.300 dollars. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited should go around 32.000 dollars.