It's just after a very American holiday.
Is there anything more American than the Jeep Wrangler? Today's JL Wrangler is directly descended from the rugged all-terrain vehicle that played a crucial role in winning World War II, and to this day, the SUV is built right here in the US, at FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.
This year, you'll be able to celebrate the US - and the Jeep Wrangler - in style as orders for the 2021-model-year JL Wrangler are slated to begin just days after Independence Day, on July 8, 2020. At least, that's according to a post on the JL Wrangler Forums, although the poster notes that the date is subject to change as we get closer.
Not much is expected to change for the Jeep Wrangler as it enters the 2021 model year; the current JL-generation SUV only just launched for 2018, so it's a bit early yet for a facelift, let alone a complete top-bottom redesign. That said, 2021 is expected to see the arrival of the Wrangler 4xe - a plugin-hybrid variant that borrows some of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid's powertrain tech.
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is not to be confused with Jeep's "eTorque" mild-hybrid models, which use a belted alternator-starter system to yield modestly improved fuel economy. By contrast, the Wrangler 4xe will feature a true electric drive motor, coupling with a 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine for a combined output of 270 horsepower. It should yield substantially better efficiency.
It's currently unknown whether that model will be available from the get-go as 2021 Jeep Wrangler production gets underway.
According to the JL Wrangler Forums post, Jeep will stop accepting orders for 2020 Wranglers on June 4 - a little more than a month before orders for the new model year open. The 2021 Wrangler is reportedly slated to start production August 10, meaning if you've already put in an order for a 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL, the SUV should, in theory, ship before then.