Wrangler Unlimited

2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

John Diether
Automotive Editor - November 15, 2021

Model Preview

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will likely carry into 2022 with no major updates. The current Wrangler line debuted in 2018, though it maintains the character and ruggedness of its ancestors.

The four-door Unlimited is significantly longer than the two-door Wrangler, and five passengers can ride in relative comfort. The Unlimited offers 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 72.4 cubic feet with it folded.

The entry-level Sport is as rugged as they come but lacks everyday conveniences. The Sport S delivers more of what buyers expect, like standard air conditioning and power windows and locks, plus access to popular option groups. The mid-level Sahara provides a higher level of equipment on par with family-oriented crossovers. Moving up to the Rubicon brings enhanced all-terrain features like heavy-duty axels, sway bar disconnect, and electronic locking differentials. The leather-appointed High Altitude continues as the luxury model.

The Sport carries a smallish 5-inch touchscreen, but it does have eight speakers and two USB ports. The Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon get a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. Optional on these trims is the Premium Audio Group with navigation, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and an Alpine sound system. These upgrades are included in the High Altitude trim.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

The Wrangler Unlimited's standard 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission remains standard, and an eight-speed automatic is available. The High Altitude skips the V6 in favor of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter is available on the other trims at no extra cost. The top choice for all models is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 offering 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Along with all that torque, the turbodiesel delivers the best efficiency, an EPA-rated 25 miles per gallon in combined driving. The automatic transmission is required with the 2.0-liter and turbodiesel.

Part-time four-wheel drive with low range continues as standard on all Wrangler Unlimited models. A full-time 4WD system is available on the Sahara and Rubicon.

Jeep added a PHEV variant in 2021 which was only available in the Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude trims. The variant has seen multiple price increases since its debut and is expected to be roughly $4,600 more expensive going into 2022. It's worth noting that the plug-in hybrid is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and California consumers can realize a $750 Clean Fuel Reward to help offset these increases in price.

The Sport lacks active safety technology, but there's plenty of it available elsewhere in the lineup. Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon can get a full complement of driver assistance features. Bundled options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking. These items are standard on the High Altitude.

Pricing & Release Date

The latest production data indicates Jeep will begin building the 2022 Wrangler Unlimited in December 2021.

Pricing will range from $34,820 for the Sport to $76,395 for the Rubicon 392. All prices include destination.

Competitors to the Wrangler Unlimited include the Ford Bronco, Land Rover Defender, and Toyota 4Runner.

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