Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to hit the market in 2021.
New 4xe PHEV and HEMI V8 engines for Jeep Wrangler.
Seven-passenger 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L revealed in January.
The Jeep brand is the most valuable one in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family, and if it wasn’t for this iconic make of robust off-road vehicles, FCA arguably wouldn’t have landed a merger deal with Groupe PSA.
And although the future many FCA and PSA brands is up in the air at the moment, one thing is certain: Jeep is here to stay and will continue to expand its worldwide presence with new products, more environmentally friendly powertrains and the same adventure-ready swagger it’s been promoting since 1941. Here’s what to expect from the Jeep brand in 2021.
The big news is the return of a three-row utility vehicle in the form of the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and more lavish Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Unveiled back in September, the Grand Wagoneer Concept flaunted a plug-in hybrid powertrain and sophisticated 4×4 drivetrains, but also a slew of digital screens and FCA’s new Uconnect 5 infotainment system. No specific technical details are available yet, but rumours suggest the company is working on a new turbocharged inline-six engine that is said to be more powerful than the current 5.7L HEMI V8 engine—or about 400 horsepower.
Every year, there’s something new for the Jeep Wrangler. In 2021, the off-road champ gets a new plug-hybrid powertrain dubbed 4xe (pronounced four-by-eee), but also a rip-snorting Rubicon 392 variant with a 470-horsepower 6.4L HEMI V8. That’s in addition to the standard 3.6L V6, the turbo 2.0L four and the turbo-diesel 3.0L V6 already on offer. There’s also the new Wrangler Islander which boasts a unique beach-themed exterior and interior, including decals, side steps and 17-inch wheels wrapped in 32-inch tires. In addition, the 2021 Wrangler extends its options list with a TrailCam forward-facing camera system, an Off-Road Plus drive control system on the Rubicon, and more USB ports.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator receives the optional turbo-diesel V6 engine alongside the existing 3.6L V6, as well as a new Willys edition that adds a limited-slip rear differential, rock rails and 32-inch mud-terrain tires. A full-time four-wheel drive system is available on all trim levels and there’s a TrailCam forward-facing camera for safer off-roading too.
It’s getting pretty old, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee still does well for the brand. However, the next-generation model will share many components with the upcoming Wagoneer, and it’s bound to be unveiled soon. Maybe that will happen in 2021, but in the meantime, the Grand Cherokee celebrates the new year with minor equipment and option package changes. The 475-horsepower SRT and 707-horsepower SRT Trackhawk variants are still on the docket.
In early January, the brand revealed the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, an extended-wheelbase, three-row variant of the next-generation’s nameplate that will seat up to seven passengers. It offers three 4×4 systems, an optional air suspension, and the choice between a 3.6L V6 (290 horsepower) and a 5.7L HEMI V8 (357 horsepower), although a 4xe PHEV system will be offered in late 2021. A new Summit Reserve trim level piles on the luxury with quilted leather upholstery, ventilated front and second-row seats, front-seat massaging and open-pore wood trim, among other things. The Grand Cherokee L will hit dealerships in the second quarter of 2021.
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee receives more active safety features as standard, while comfort and convenience features trickle down to more affordable trim levels in order to enhance the crossover’s value. A Latitude LUX trim is added to the U.S. lineup with an optional dual-pane sunroof, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system and an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, while the Overland trim is dropped. The Cherokee continues to offer a 2.4L inline-four with 180 horsepower, a turbo 2.0L four with 270 hp and a 3.2L V6 with 271 hp.
The Jeep Compass carries on largely unchanged for 2021, but does get more active safety features as standard. A mid-cycle refresh is expected for the 2022 model year, which should be unveiled sometime in 2021. A 180-horspower, 2.4L four is the only engine choice in the U.S. and Canada at the moment.
The subcompact Jeep Renegade received a new turbocharged 1.3L four-cylinder engine for the 2019 model year, which develops 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, along with some styling enhancements and other changes. More standard active safety features as well as comfort and convenience items are trickling down to more affordable trims for the new year. Oh, there’s also a new Jeepster Edition that builds on the Sport trim while adding 19-inch wheels, gloss black grille trim, decals and black upholstery with grey stitching, as well as an Islander Edition based on the Latitude that boasts silver-painted wheels, a dual-pane sunroof, decals, embroidered seatbacks and blue contrast stitching.
Last but not least, all Jeep models get a 80th Anniversary Edition for the 2021 model year, which includes Granite Crystal alloy wheels of various sizes, unique trim inside and out, appropriate badging and extra equipment.