What’s New for Jeep in 2021?
Jeep is keeping things — for now, anyway — somewhat low-key for 2021. Every model in its lineup will get a unique 80th Anniversary Edition with special exterior and interior touches plus additional equipment. Beyond that, the Wrangler gets the most significant changes for 2021, with a new plug-in-hybrid variant and the first production V-8 model after years of concept teases. Beyond those big changes, most models add more standard features, safety and otherwise.
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Jeep made headlines with the Grand Wagoneer Concept, but while it’s nearly production-ready, the new three-row SUV is more likely to come for the 2022 — or later — model year, and we still don’t have official details about the production version.
For now, let’s look at what’s new for all the Jeep models as we enter 2021, beyond the 80th Anniversary Edition models.
The Cherokee adds standard advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning with rear-cross traffic alert and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist. A new Latitude Lux trim slots in the middle of the Cherokee lineup for a more affordable taste of premium amenities, and the rest of the lineup also gains additional comfort and convenience features.
Jeep’s slightly-smaller-than-the-Cherokee compact SUV adds standard advanced safety features to its Trailhawk and Limited trims while eliminating the option of a manual transmission from lower trims. Also gone is the formerly range-topping High Altitude model. The elimination of the manual also raises base prices for the lower trims, which become automatic-only.
2021 Grand Cherokee
Jeep’s current flagship SUV until the Grand Wagoneer arrives, the Grand Cherokee adds only minor feature changes to its lineup, including a new Sun and Sound Package for the Limited trim that adds a dual-pane sunroof and nine-speaker stereo. Little else has changed.
The tiniest of Jeep’s SUVs, the Renegade also gets standard advanced safety features across its lineup, like its Cherokee big brother. Besides the 80th Anniversary Edition, a Jeepster Edition and Islander Edition join the lineup. The Jeepster Edition is based on the base (Sport) model, while the Islander uses the slightly higher Latitude trim as its canvas. Each comes with unique interior and exterior treatments.
As mentioned above, the Wrangler, which comes in two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited models, gets the most significant changes for 2021 of any Jeep. There’s a new 4xe plug-in hybrid model, launching first on the Sahara and Rubicon, and also the new Rubicon 392, which shoehorns a 6.4-liter V-8 under the hood of a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The remaining engine choices — a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6 (with mild-hybrid technology if you pair it with an automatic transmission) and a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 — are more widely available across the Wrangler lineup. The diesel is limited to the Wrangler Unlimited.
The mid-size Gladiator is currently Jeep’s sole pickup truck. For 2021, the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 becomes available on all trim levels, and all trim levels are now available with full-time four-wheel drive. Additional changes are minor. The Gladiator Overland can be optioned with an available forward-facing TrailCam camera for better off-roading visibility, and LED headlights and foglights can be added to the Gladiator Sport.
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