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Derek Shiekhi | Sep 01, 2020

Environmental photo of the Jeep Compass

Jeep vehicles are made to get over, around or through obstacles in their way. They don't let logs, rocks or deep mud stop them from moving forward. So it's fitting that Jeep made significant progress over the past model year and found ways to update and improve its vehicles for 2021. These are the new features and models you can expect to see in AutoNation Jeep dealerships. 

The 2021 model year marks Jeep's 80th birthday as a brand. The automaker is commemorating that impressive milestone with 80th Anniversary Edition models of all of its vehicles. They come with special badging and wheels finished in Granite Crystal. The size of those wheels and other content depends on the model you select. Highlights include Berber floor mats and Uconnect 4C infotainment with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and navigation.

2021 Jeep Renegade

Exterior view of the Jeep Renegade

Jeep has given its smallest SUV more standard equipment across the board. The Sport gets Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch display, as well as SiriusXM Radio. Latitude models now have a 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD instrument display and alarm system. Renegade Limited features an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, 17-inch wheels, cargo cover and alarm. Trailhawks get the longest list of no-charge hardware, which includes a heated steering wheel and front seats, keyless entry, remote start and Uconnect 4C with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto running on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display. All variants are equipped with Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking (except the Trailhawk) and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.

Two new models join the 2021 Renegade family. The Sport-based Jeepster Edition is decked out with Gloss Black grille trim, 19-inch wheels and a special door decal. Inside, there are black cloth seats with Ski Grey accent stitching and Uconnect 4 infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch display. To create the Islander Edition, Jeep started with a Renegade Latitude, then added features such as a unique hood decal, panoramic sunroof and silver 19-inch wheels. There aren’t any colorful, floral-print shirts in the Islander Edition’s cabin, but there are “Tiki Bob” seat tags, embroidered seatbacks that coordinate with the hood decal and Surf Blue accent stitching.

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2021 Jeep Compass

Exterior shot of the Jeep Compass

Jeep was more specific about upgrading the Compass range and focused on the Limited and Trailhawk models. They now have almost all of the same standard safety features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and ParkSense rear park assist with reverse stop capability.

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2021 Jeep Cherokee

Staged photo of the Grand Cherokee

The Cherokee gets the same basic treatment of more standard features and a new model that the Renegade receives. Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and rain-sensing wipers are now in all grades. Latitude models come standard with one-touch up/down power front windows and heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and courtesy lamps. Stepping up to the Latitude Plus or Trailhawk gets you remote start, windshield wiper de-icer, heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

The new Latitude LUX offers that same content, but adds power front seats with adjustable lumbar support and Nappa leather on both rows. A panoramic sunroof, nine-speaker Alpine sound system and 8.4-inch touchscreen are optional.

It’s a completely different story with the Limited, which gets automatic high beams, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist with Full Stop and ParkSense front/rear park assist with rear stop capability.

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2021 Grand Cherokee/Grand Cherokee SRT/Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Exterior view of the Jeep Wrangler

The 2021 version of Jeep’s midsize people-mover benefits from minor cosmetic and hardware adjustments.

Laredo models roll on standard painted 18-inch wheels. Their Laredo X siblings are equipped with remote start and a power liftgate. Highlights of the vinyl/suede interior range from a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel and heated front seats to Uconnect infotainment with navigation and an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Grand Cherokee Limited is available with a new Sun and Sound Package that contains a nine-speaker audio system and dual-pane sunroof. To set the Limited X apart from its fellow models, Jeep covered its exterior accents in Gloss Black.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited

Exterior view of the Jeep Wrangler

Jeep tweaked a little bit of everything in the Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited lineups. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and mild hybrid eTorque 3.6-liter V6 are only available on models with an automatic transmission. The regular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 can only be paired with the six-speed manual gearbox. Just like in the 2020 model year, the EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V6 is available exclusively in the Wrangler Unlimited.

The Wrangler family’s four-wheel drive systems also get a slight adjustment. You can order the Sport with the Selec-Trac full-time 4X4 system that features a two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The more hardcore Rock-Trac full-time 4x4 system with a 4:1 4LO ratio is optional on the Rubicon.

A new Islander model joins the lineup and offers beach-themed styling cues that include an Islander "Jeep Tiki" decal on the hood, black side steps and 17-inch wheels. A white hard top is available to make this special model stand out even more.

Seeing what lies ahead of the Wrangler’s front end is easier thanks to the forward-facing camera, aka TrailCam, available with the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Check out its footage in the informative Off-Road Pages. All Wranglers with that size display or the 7-inch unit get the Select Tire Fill Alert feature as standard equipment. Jeep has thrown that useful technology into the available Technology Group, too.

The Gladiator’s cool Off-Road Plus tech that optimizes throttle, shift points and traction control for high-speed driving over rough terrain has made its way into the 2021 Wrangler Rubicon as standard gear.

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2021 Jeep Gladiator

Environmental photo of the Jeep Gladiatior

The Wrangler’s pickup sibling gets a similar amount of updates and improvements. All Gladiator trim levels (including the new Willys, which packs 32-inch mud-terrain tires, rock rails and a limited-slip rear differential) are available with the EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V6.

The same goes for full-time four-wheel drive. Sport, Overland and Mojave models are available with the full-time Selec-Trac setup, which has a two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. The Gladiator Rubicon can be configured with the full-time Rock-Trac system and its two-speed transfer case and 4:1 low-range gearing.

Small equipment changes round out the revisions to the 2021 Gladiator. LED headlamps and fog lights are on the options list for the Sport model. Just like the 2021 Wrangler, the Gladiator Overland is available with Jeep’s helpful TrailCam.

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