Changes to 2021 Jeep Models Emphasize Safety and Powertrain Development

Thom Blackett | Dec 07, 2020

Jeep marks its 80th anniversary by introducing special-edition models, adding standard safety equipment across the board, and letting powertrain engineers run wild with the Wrangler. The company also expands the Jeep Wave customer care program to all of its models, providing three years of free scheduled maintenance and other perks to every new Jeep owner. Otherwise, changes to the 2021 Jeep models are few as the company prepares to launch the all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer and a redesigned 2022 Grand Cherokee.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Blue Front Quarter View

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Jeep adds a host of standard safety features to the 2021 Cherokee, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assistance, and more. Each trim level gains additional standard equipment, too. New versions of the Cherokee include the 80th Anniversary Edition, with upgrades including a panoramic sunroof and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen, and the Latitude Lux trim level, which includes a V-6 engine, premium Nappa leather, and lots of standard equipment at a value price.

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Like other Jeep models, the 2021 Jeep Compass arrives with added safety features, in this case, reserved for the top-of-the-line Limited and Trailhawk trims. An 80th Anniversary Edition debuts with premium content such as 19-inch aluminum wheels, leather seats, the top infotainment system, and more.

2021 Jeep Gladiator Changes - Find the best Jeep deals!

Jeep’s EcoDiesel V6 engine is now available for the Gladiator pickup truck, as are Rock-Trac and Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive (4WD) systems. A new trail camera is available to help navigate off-road terrain. New trim levels include the 80th Anniversary Edition, California Edition, and Willys.

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Changes - Find the best Jeep deals!

With a redesigned 2022 Grand Cherokee on the horizon, the 2021 model arrives with only minor equipment updates. As with other Jeeps, a special edition of the Grand Cherokee commemorates the brand’s 80th anniversary. A Laredo X trim level also joins the lineup and features upgrades, including a power liftgate, heated steering wheel, high-end infotainment system, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel.

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Safety enhancements highlight the changes for the 2021 Renegade. New standard features include forward collision, blind-spot, lane-departure warning systems, with automatic emergency braking added to most trim levels. The Trailhawk moves a bit upscale with its heated front seats and 8.4-inch infotainment display, items that are also standard on the 2021 Renegade 80th Anniversary Edition. A new Renegade Islander model gets a panoramic sunroof and surf-themed interior accents, while the Renegade Jeepster adds nice wheels and key infotainment features to the base trim.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Changes - Find the best Jeep deals!

Typical for Jeep, the Wrangler lineup sees a few changes for 2021. The Islander and 80th Anniversary Edition arrive while the North Edition and Black and Tan trim levels depart. Other updates, including a new integrated off-roading camera, match those of the 2021 Gladiator.

Jeep expands the availability of certain 4WD systems for 2021, and any Wrangler with a 3.6-liter V-6 and an automatic transmission now includes Jeep’s eTorque mild hybrid technology. More significant on the electrification front is the launch of the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid model with a Jeep-estimated 25 miles of electric driving range before the gas engine kicks in. At the other end of the spectrum, a new 470-horsepower Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 debuts, totally unconcerned about maximizing mileage. 

Jeep is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 4, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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