The fourth-generation Wrangler arrived in 2018 with very few surprises, as it was all-new but retained all the design cues that made this off-road-ready rig a legend over the years. With this new look being just a few years old, we expect the 2021 Wrangler to rumble in as a carryover model.
The redesigned Jeep Wrangler offered very little in terms of all-new duds. Instead, it took what had long been successful for the iconic Wrangler and massaged it by making it slightly larger, adding lighter aluminum panels, slightly tweaking the grille, adjusting the wheel flares, and updating its lighting. We expect this massaged design to roll in unchanged in the 2021 Wrangler.
Inside, the redesigned Jeep Wrangler retained the model’s flat dashboard, but it took on a more refined look with its upmarket steering wheel, better-placed circular air vents, cleaner climate-control interface, and more. Where it really moved the needle was in tech, as the new-generation Wrangler gained 5-, 7-, and 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment options with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coming standard in the two larger systems. We expect the 2021 Wrangler to continue with the same design and features inside.
We also expect the Wrangler to carry on with the same engine options, starting with a standard 3.6-liter V6 that injects 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The midrange engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Topping the range will be a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 with 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard with the base V6 engine, but an eight-speed automatic will be standard with the four-cylinder and diesel engine. An eight-speed automatic will also be an option with the base V6. Four-wheel drive will be standard across the board.
The new-generation Wrangler has not been through IIHS or NHTSA testing, but it does offer advanced safety equipment like optional automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors. We expect this to remain unchanged in the 2021 Wrangler.