Entry level Sport S returns, Night Eagle four-door joins the line-up.
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  • 2021 Jeep Wrangler two-door Sport S returns as price leader
  • Diesel Rubicon dropped from MY21 range
  • Prices rise by at least $2000
  • Priced from $51,950 - $67,450

Jeep has given its iconic Wrangler range a rework in Australia, culling the diesel-powered Rubicon flagship and adding a new Night Eagle specification as the entry into the four-door Wrangler Unlimited range.

The returning Sport S grade leads the refreshed range as the overall price-leader, available only as a two-door model. The four-door Rubicon Unlimited, meanwhile, lives on as a petrol-only model.

Beyond the Sport S, the range then steps up to the four-door Night Eagle and Overland in a choice of two- or four-door, and topped by the four-door Rubicon flagship.

Pricing for the Wrangler Sport S starts from $51,950 before on-road costs, or $3000 more than the introductory price when the JL Wrangler series first launched. The four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sport S has not returned.

The upgraded price reflects an upgraded specification that includes Jeep’s autonomous emergency braking system, called Forward Collision Warning Plus, along with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection – features that were absent when the Sport S first launched in 2019.

Other Sport S features include dual-zone climate control, a 7.0-inch UConnect touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, proximity key with push-button start, LED lighting for the dusk-sensing headlights, daytime running lights, tail lights and fog lights, front and rear park sensors, self-dimming interior mirror, and fabric seat trim with a hose-out interior including removable carpet.

Externally the Sport S comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arch flares and a three-piece removable hard top in black. Selec-Trac on-demand four-wheel drive, a low-range transfer case, Dana M186 front and M200 rear rigid axles, and underbody protection for the transmission, transfer case and fuel tank are also included.

Under the bonnet of the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited range the 209kW/347Nm 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 continues, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Moving up to the four-door Unlimited Night Eagle brings the same basic equipment haul but adds two extra doors, plus a darkened styling package of gloss black fog lamp bezels, grille surrounds, headlamp inserts, badging and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Night Eagle kicks off from $60,950 plus on-road costs, or $7500 more than the Unlimited Sport S it succeeds.

A Comfort and Sound Group package is standard on the Night Eagle, or a $3500 option on the Sport S, adding upsized 8.4-inch infotainment, a headlining for the hard top, remote start and security alarm, deep tint windows and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system.

As the ‘premium’ model in the range the Wrangler Overland (from $61,460 plus on-road costs, up $2000 compared to the previous model) adds heating for the front seats and steering wheel, black leather trim with the Overland logo, chrome accents for the grille and mirrors, a “premium-wrapped” instrument panel mid-section, body-coloured roof and wheel arch flares, a hard spare wheel cover, 18-inch alloys and a 230-volt power outlet.

The four-door Wrangler Unlimited Overland ($65,950 plus on-road costs, up $2000) also adds Jeep’s Trail-Rail load management system, and can be optioned with Sky One-Touch Powertop. The $4950 roof option replaces the removable hard-top sections and which can be electrically operated at speeds up to 96km/h.

As the flagship of the range the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (now $67,450 plus on-road costs, also up $2000) adds in additional off-road equipment, and as part of the 2021 update comes with Off-Road+ Mode, tweaking the throttle sensitivity, gear shift points and stability control settings.

In 4x4 low range the Off-Road+ button selects Rock Mode, while in 4x4 high range Sand Mode is the default setting.

Other Rubicon upgrades include front and rear locking differentials, Rock-Trac 4x4 with a 4:1 transfer case and lower 77.2:1 crawl ratio, front sway bar disconnect, Dana M210 and M220 front and rear axles, Rubicon bonnet decal, heavy-duty rock sliders, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 32-inch BF Goodrich tyres, a programmable auxiliary switch bank, 240-amp alternator, and a 700-amp battery.

Rubicon options black 17-inch wheels ($750), Trail-Ready steel front bumper and TrailCam off-road camera ($1850) Rubicon Luxury package with Trail-Rail, leather trim with front seat and steering wheel heating, and body-coloured wheel arch flares ($1950), a body-coloured hard top ($1500) or a Dual Top, including Sunrider soft top ($2750).

"We're thrilled to expand the offering, bringing first-class 4x4 capability, premium appointments and a comprehensive list of safety technology, comfort and convenience features," said Guillaume Drelon, Jeep's Australian director of brand and product strategy.

The updated Wrangler also forms part of Jeep's push to improve customer service, along with a five-year capped price service program priced at $399 for each of the first five scheduled services.

All Jeep models sold come with a five-year/100,000km warranty.

The MY21 Wrangler range is available to order now, with deliveries expected to start in January 2021.

2021 Jeep Wrangler pricing for Australia

  • Sport S – $51,950
  • Unlimited Night Eagle – $60,950
  • Overland – $61,450
  • Unlimited Overland – $65,950
  • Unlimited Rubicon – $67,450

Manufacturer's list price, excluding on-road costs. Images are indicative only, MY21 photos not supplied.