2021 Jeep Wrangler Gets More Features as New Ford Bronco Looms
The Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate all-round SUV for many off-road adventurers, but it will soon face stiff new competition from the Ford Bronco. To keep things up to date, Jeep, our 2019 SUV of the Year, would receive a host of new features at different trim levels for 2021, according to Mopar Insiders, including more infotainment, safety, and off-equipment. road.
More availability in full-time 4×4, some love Mojave
Previously, the Sport model (like most of the Wrangler line) could only be used with a part-time Command-Trac four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case. Now Jeep is offering the full-time Selec-Trac transfer case which is standard on some high zoot versions and available on others, namely the Sahara, on entry-level Sport. This two-speed transfer case is nominally more useful for Jeepers who don’t really do it, ahem, Jeep as much, mainly because it can be left in four-wheel drive all the time, even on dry pavement. Why? Selec-Trac acts as a full-time system, almost like a four-wheel drive configuration, automatically switching from two to four-wheel drive depending on conditions.
Command-Trac is old-fashioned, which means that when all-wheel drive is selected, it remains selected until the driver decides otherwise; it also locks the front and rear axles in synchronization, which means that if the four-wheel drive is used on high traction surfaces such as roadways, the system will “lock up”. In other news related to Selec-Trac, Jeep is offering its full-time capabilities for the first time on the Hard Rubicon off-road version (probably another concession to a number of road-related Rubicon buyers who do not actually Rubicon all so often). However, for the Rubicon, Jeep has incorporated the functionality of Selec-Trac into the more robust Rock-Trac system of the Rubicon, so that it maintains Rock-Trac’s low-end 4.0: 1 exploration ratio on a part-time basis. .
Speaking of Rubicons, these models now come standard with Off-Road Plus, a feature that allows you to drive at higher speeds (i.e. faster speeds than rocks) with the rear differential with locking engaged. At the touch of a button, you can customize the throttle, transmission shift points and traction control settings for optimal performance at higher speeds on sandy terrain. You may recognize this characteristic of the Gladiator Mojave, a “desert classified” (as opposed to “Trail approved”) jeep trim that would soon spread to the Wrangler and other models.
The Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon 2021 models will also offer the same forward-facing camera system as that of the Gladiator. Sitting behind the gate, the camera allows drivers to see obstacles on the track more clearly. Because, well, you can’t see through the hood of a vehicle from the driver’s seat. Unless you have X-ray vision.
More on-board technology for more buyers
A step above Basic Sport is the Wrangler Sport S, which now offers the previously optional Technology Group as standard equipment. The set includes a 7.0 inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic air conditioning, a 7.0 inch TFT color screen in the gauge group, a SiriusXM subscription and other sought-after subtleties.
On all Wranglers equipped with the 7.0 inch touch screen, there is now a special tire filling alert system. With this function, the horn sounds once when the optimal tire pressure has been reached when you top up your tires, and three times when the pressure is too high or too low. For Jeepers who partially deflate their tires to play in the sand or on rocks, then air them in a gas station near their preferred off-road location before joining the highway, this is in fact a very useful new widget .
No More eTorque four cylinders
Engine options will look familiar from last year, although there are some changes, according to Mopar Insiders. Again, the lineup consists of the ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 “Pentastar” from Fiat Chrysler, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel that has just been introduced and the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four with eTorque soft hybrid technology. But wait, the four-cylinder will no longer offer eTorque – a surprise decision – but the 3.6-liter V6 will continue to be available with soft hybrid technology. Jeep will soon introduce an electrified Wrangler.
. . . and finally, 2021 Wrangler Paint Colors!
Expect Jeep to offer a wide range of exterior colors. These should include familiar shades such as Bright White, Black, Billet Silver, Sting Gray, Granite Crystal, Hella Yella and Firecracker red, as well as new shades like Sarge Green, Snazzberry and Hydro Blue. Some paint colors that have recently been discontinued will continue to be missing.