Jeep Fires Back At Ford Bronco With 2021 Wrangler Updates

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A credible threat is coming in the form of Ford's Bronco. Jeep is getting ready.

Just as Ford prepares to finally unveil its rugged Bronco off-road SUV, its foremost competitor - the iconic Jeep Wrangler - is getting some tweaks to keep it competitive. Naturally, the biggest change will be the new plug-in-hybrid Wrangler 4xe, and as we reported previously, a few other subtle tweaks to the powertrain lineup are on the way, too.

But according to a new report, that's far from all that Jeep has in store for the JL Wrangler; the 2021 model year will see new tech features brought to the model line, along with some tweaks to the AWD system on some trims.

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According to Mopar Insider's sources, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler is getting Selectable Tire-Fill Alerts, fitted to examples with the seven-inch Uconnect infotainment screen. The system monitors tire pressures while the operator is airing up or airing down their tires, issuing a honk of the horn when the desired tire pressure is reached - certainly a welcome addition for anyone who spends a lot of time airing down their tires for off-road ventures.

Better still, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon's Forward Facing Camera will become available on the Wrangler Sahara and Wrangler Rubicon, allowing drivers to bring up a live trail cam feed to help with low-speed trail maneuvers. The camera is mounted within the grille, providing a low-to-the-ground vantage point you can't possibly get from the driver's seat.

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Off-Road Plus - another trickle-down from the Jeep Gladiator lineup - will also land in the 2021 Wrangler, allowing drivers to engage the rear locker and tailor the throttle, shift points, and traction control to suit higher speed off-road driving - not just low-speed rock crawling.

And finally, from 2021, the Jeep Wrangler Sahara's Selec-Trac transfer case will be available on Sport models, too, while the Rubicon will inherit the more heavy-duty Rock-Trac transfer case. Both are full-time 4WD systems that can automatically engage and disengage the front axle to suit the conditions.

Apart from the 4xe hybrid, none of the Wrangler's 2021-model-year changes are especially earth-shattering, but they help keep an already-solid off-roader relevant as the segment gains an all-new heavy-hitter.

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Source Credits: Mopar Insiders

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