The base Sport S has disappeared once again from the Jeep Wrangler line along with the two-door Overland, though the Rubicon ‘shorty’ has returned.
Running changes for the 2021 model year Wrangler also include price rises for surviving models – $800 for Night Eagle and Overland models, and $2500 for the Rubicon Unlimited.
UPDATE, 23/07/21 – We’ve updated this article with details on running changes for the 2021 Wrangler.
The latter gets the old Rubicon Luxury Package as standard, adding leather seats, a leather-wrapped shifter, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The same applies to the revived Rubicon two-door.
Deliveries of the Rubicon two-door will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, with pearlescent Gecko metallic paint (above) available for a limited run.
The removal of the two-door Sport S from Jeep’s price lists follows the discontinuation of the Gladiator Sport S after just four months on sale.
Jeep had initially discontinued the Sport S for model year 2020 following an abysmal one-star score from ANCAP, returning it in early 2021 with standard autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
For 2021, Jeep added a new entry-level Night Eagle variant to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited line and removed the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder.
The diesel was only available in the Unlimited Rubicon.
In addition to the range reshuffle, there are some other changes for 2021. Off-Road+ Mode is now standard on Rubicon models, which in high-range 4×4 engages sand mode and in low-range 4×4 engages rock mode.
Optional on Rubicon models is the Trail-Ready Package previously seen on the Gladiator, which adds a steel front bumper and a forward-facing off-road camera. The camera, situated within the Wrangler’s grille, also features an integrated washer that allows you to clear away mud with the push of a button.
The Wrangler Unlimited Overland is the only model that receives the Sky-One-Touch Power Top, a full-length open canvas roof that takes less than 20 seconds to fully open or close. It adds $4950 to the price.
- 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Night Eagle: $61,750 (+$800)
- 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Overland: $66,750 (+$800)
- 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: $64,950
- 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon: $69,950 (+$2500)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler comes with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 producing 209kW of power and 347Nm of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler uses 9.7L/100km on the combined cycle in the Night Eagle and Overland variants of the Unlimited, and 10.3L/100km in the Rubicon Unlimited. These models have an 81L fuel tank.
In the Rubicon two-door, it uses 10.1L/100km and has a 66L fuel tank.
All models use 91RON regular unleaded fuel.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler two-door measures 4334mm long, 1894mm wide and 1841mm tall.
The Wrangler Unlimited measures 4882mm long, 1894mm wide and either 1838mm tall (Overland) or 1848mm tall (Rubicon).
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler requires servicing every 12 months or 12,000km.
In addition to a five-year, 100,000km warranty, Jeep offers five years of capped-price servicing. Each service costs $399.
When the Jeep Wrangler was tested by ANCAP in 2019, it received a rating of three stars.
This rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 60 per cent, child occupant protection score of 80 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 49 per cent, and a safety assist score of 51 per cent.
All 2021 Jeep Wrangler models come standard with the following safety features:
- Full-speed autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Front and front-side airbags
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
- Adaptive cruise control
The Wrangler Unlimited Night Eagle comes standard with the following features:
- Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel drive system
- Two-speed transfer case
- Under-body skid plates
- 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- Keyless entry and start
- Automatic headlights
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Removable doors
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Nine-speaker Alpine sound system
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- LED headlights, tail lights, front fog lights and daytime running lights
The Wrangler Unlimited Overland adds:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Body-colour fender flares, grille and removable hardtop
- Leather seats
- Heated front seats
- Leather-wrapped shifter
- Heated steering wheel
The Sky One-Touch Power Top is a $4950 option.
The Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited adds or replaces the Overland’s equipment with the following:
- Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case, locking front and rear differentials and an electronic front sway bar disconnect
- Dana M210 front axle
- Dana M220 rear axle
- 4.10 rear axle ratio
- Black fender flares, grille and removable hardtop
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- 240A alternator
- 700A maintenance battery
The Rubicon Premium Package ($2950 on the two-door, $3835 on the Unlimited) adds body-colour fender flares and a body-colour hardtop.
The Trail Ready Package ($2950 on the two-door, $3835 on the Unlimited) adds:
- Steel front bumper
- Forward-facing trail camera
- 17-inch black alloy wheels
Premium paint is a $745 option across the range except the Unlimited Rubicon, where it’s $945.
Black and Bright White are standard colours, while the following metallic finishes are optional:
- Granite Crystal
- Sting Grey
- Firecracker Red
- Gecko (Rubicon only)
- Snazzberry (dark red)
- Hydro Blue
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