Known for building the best adventure vehicles in the world, Jeep has been making waves in the auto industry recently. Releasing a slew of new and innovative models, you can find the still new truck and the first Wrangler hybrid model on dealership lots this year. If you have been thinking about stopping by any of your local Jeep dealers, here’s what you can look forward to test driving in the coming year.
2021 Jeep Wrangler
As one of the most popular SUVs in the country, the Wrangler is arguably the most recognizable vehicle on the roads today. You know the weather has turned when you see the Jeeps start rolling out! What’s even cooler is that the latest release of Wranglers not only includes the convention gasoline-powered models but also includes the new hybrid model known as the Wrangler 4xe.
While the traditional Wranglers are powered by a V6, 4-cylinder, or diesel motor, the 4xe uses a 4-cylinder engine paired with dual electric motors. Equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a 27-kWh battery pack, it generates 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Not only does this cut down on the money you have to spend on fuel, but it also gives you the option to travel on electricity alone for up to 25 miles. Please keep in mind that the Wrangler 4xe will only be available as a 4-door Unlimited body style to start.
On the other hand, the conventional Wrangler usually comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated with your choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Using 4WD and the eTorque mild hybrid system, these vehicles are highly efficient. You can also get the Wrangler with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor and an 8-speed automatic transmission. This configuration pushes out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you prefer diesel, you can opt for the turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 motor that makes 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.
However, if that isn’t enough power for you, you can choose the new 6.4-liter V8 engine. Available in the new Rubicon 392, this powertrain generates 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Currently, the Rubicon 392 holds the title of Jeep’s “quickest, most powerful Wrangler ever.”
No matter which type of Wrangler you choose, you will always have the off-roading capabilities that this vehicle is known for. These include rock crawling, water fording, traversing through mud, and even traveling over sand. Not to mention, you get to enjoy the iconic removable doors and top. With the Wrangler, there are virtually no limitations.
2021 Jeep Gladiator
As the first truck to enter into the Jeep family, the Gladiator is quite an impressive model, and the 2021 update is still as impressive as its debut. With available seating for up to five people, this four-door model features a short 5-foot bed and plenty of off-roading prowess. With two engine choices and four trim levels, you can find the model that is best suited to your daily driving needs.
The standard powertrain uses a 3.6-lite V6 engine with your choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Pumping out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, you will enjoy the strength that this motor has to offer. The other option is a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6. Generating 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, this one comes exclusively with the 8-speed automatic transmission. You may have noticed that the Gladiator uses two of the powertrains that come equipped on the Wrangler. This means that this truck also has the same off-roading capabilities, including water fording, rock crawling, and traveling over mud and sand.
2021 Jeep Compass
If you are more interested in a compact crossover, then the 2021 Jeep Compass is your best bet. This model is the perfect blend of city manners with off-roading capabilities. Under the hood, you will find a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD. AWD is optional, and it comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Generating 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, this vehicle is the best Jeep on fuel.
Available in four trim levels, you can pick the perfect one for you. If you prefer something for off-roading, then you will want to test drive the Trailhawk model. It adds a raised suspension, skid plates, hill descent control tow hooks, and more. Even though this is a more polite Jeep model, you can still get down and dirty on the trails with it.
2021 Jeep Cherokee
Another small SUV option from the latest Jeep lineup is the 2021 Cherokee. Available in five trim levels, this model can carry up to five people. It is also equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that is partnered with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Producing 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, it’s a well-rounded powertrain. If that isn’t powerful enough for you, then you can opt for the 3.2-liter V6 motor that generates 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Standard safety systems include blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assist. Again, if you want a model that is better suited for off-roading, then you should consider the Trailhawk trim.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Available in seven unique trim levels with four engine options, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the largest model in the fleet. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit trims can all be equipped with an optional 5.7-liter V8 that produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. As for the SRT model, it comes standard with a 6.4-liter V8 that provides 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the standard powertrain for the new Trackhawk is the supercharged 6.2-liter V8. This monster puts out an astonishing 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque.
While the Trailhawk is again the off-roading trim, the Trackhawk is even better at conquering the outdoors. It adds 20-inch wheels, high-performance brakes, a heavy-duty transmission, and an ultra-high performance suspension for better traction. Also, the SRT is more of a sporty model if that is what you prefer.
2021 Jeep Renegade
The last member of the 2021 Jeep family is the new Renegade. This subcompact SUV is ideal for people who like to hit the wild outdoors but who also need to navigate in the city. Available in four trim levels, there are only two powertrain options for this vehicle. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder motor that delivers 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the top-tier Limited model, then you will get the turbocharged 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. This powertrain delivers 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. While the Trailhawk is the model to get if you want to go off-roading, this production run has a few special edition models to spice up your ride and style. These include the Islander, the Jeepster, and the 80th Anniversary Edition.
Find Your Nearest Jeep Dealer
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when you arrive, you can make an educated decision regarding which Jeep model is best suited for you. There are plenty of amazing Jeep models available on dealership lots already, but we personally can’t wait to see the Wrangler 4xe and Rubicon 392 in action. With more improvements to the lineup happening, who knows what the rest of this year will bring with the 2021 Jeep lineup. Don’t wait; check out some amazing 2021 Jeep vehicles at your local Jeep dealer today.