When you have such an iconic model in your portfolio, you can try anything with it and sales will only get better. That’s the blessing only a few carmakers have these days and Jeep with its iconic SUV is definitely among them. The current generation of Wrangler has been around for just a couple of years but it constantly gets yearly updates. As there is nothing to touch in terms of aesthetics, the way FCA has chosen to go with updates is expanding the powertrain lineup. As there are both gasoline and diesel versions in the offer already, it’s now time for electrification, so 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric is one of the most anticipated things form FCA that car enthusiasts expect to see.
So far, the PHEV version has been confirmed and it will hit the market by the end of the year. Besides that model, which looks very promising, we also count on a fully-electric model, which should also come pretty soon. At this point, we don’t know the details, but there is a lot of material for speculations.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Electrification Has Started!
While we are still waiting for some details about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric, the new PHEV version is almost ready for production. This model had a premiere a couple of months ago and it looks very interesting. While the overall design has remained untouched, the new powertrain is about to offer both great performances and excellent fuel economy. It will use a system similar to the one that powers Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Still, some sources suggest that Jeep may switch the V6 engine for a new turbo-four. Also, we may see a little bit bigger battery pack, which would provide more than a decent all-electric range of around 30 miles.
On the other side, details about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric vehicle are still a mystery. The company successfully keeps all information as secret, despite that many insiders suggest this version is actually in the advanced stage of development. Allegedly, Jeep’s goal is to offer an electric vehicle that won’t compromise Wrangler’s legendary off-road performances. This means that we may expect electric motors on both axles, for a rear 4×4 layout. Also, the battery should feature a pretty large capacity, large enough to provide a decent range. It’s hard to speculate about the electric Jeep Wrangler range at this point. Still, we expect to be comparable with most electric SUVs on today’s market, which offers at least 150 miles on a single charge.
How Would 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric Look Like?
Things are pretty clear here. The styling has always been one of the Wrangler’s strongest selling points. So, we are pretty sure that FCA won’t touch this version too much. Therefore, you may count on a recognizable design, which may only come with a couple of details, which would accentuate the model’s all-electric character. This particularly refers to the grille, which will be replaced, as the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric won’t need any fresh air to run the engine. Other than that, things should remain pretty much the same, except for typical things like wheels, color options, accessories etc.
Another thing that may bother you is the battery pack. As we already mentioned, the new version won’t compromise off-road performances. So, the battery probably won’t be under the floor, as such design would have a negative effect on ground clearance. Instead, it would be under the rear seat and in the cargo area. This also indicates that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric would come in the four-door body style only, while the compact two-door model would remain reserved for internal-combustion engines.
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric will come in the four-door version only. It’s obvious that the new model will feature a pretty decent amount of space. The gasoline four-door model features 32 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 72 cubic feet of space with these seats folded. Due to a battery pack, the cargo volume will probably be slightly smaller in the case of electric Wrangler. However, we still count on decent numbers for the class.
On the other side, the dashboard layout shouldn’t change drastically. We count on the same design, though the instrument cluster will be adapted to the electric drivetrain. Also, we presume that the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric will come with a pretty long list of standard equipment.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric Release Date
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Electric is still away from the production and we will probably have to wait for a little bit more. Some reports suggest we could see this version already in the next year. Once FCA management comes up with some details, we will know more about this electric SUV.