Made in India 2021 Jeep Wrangler’s debut postponed: 5 things you can expect
Jeep India has decided to postpone the launch of its first Made-in-India Wrangler SUV, which was scheduled to be launched today. The carmaker issued a statement that said, “Due to some organisational priorities, the price launch of the locally assembled Jeep Wrangler has been postponed to Wednesday, 11:30 am, 17th March 2021.” On Wednesday Jeep will reveal the price of the India-made Wrangler SUV, along with the details about the off-roader which will compete with the Land Rover Defender SUV and Mercedes-Benz G 350d when launched.
Here are five things you can expect about the India-made 2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV.
Jeep has begun assembling the India-made Wrangler SUVs at its Ranjangaon facility in Maharashtra already. Jeep has upgraded the facility for this purpose and had announced ₹180 crore in India to be able to manufacture the iconic off-roader locally. This will mean that the SUV will now be sold in the country as a completely knocked down (CKD) unit instead of a completely built unit (CBU).
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV is likely to be offered in two variants. Jeep is expected to continue with its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of producing 268bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque for the India-made Wrangler too. The engine, in the existing models that are being sold currently across India has an 8-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. That too is likely to be retained.
The upcoming 2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV will be available with an upgraded interior which is highlighted by a new-look dashboard. The updated dashboard will have a centrally placed 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The India-made Wrangler will also come with features such as passive keyless entry, push-button start, and many more. The 5-seater cabin layout will also get a bit more premium with new leather upholstery and contrast white stitching.
The design of the India-made Wrangler SUV is unlikely to have any changes as such. It will sport the same signature seven-slat grille with round LED headlamps, fender-mounted side indicators, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED tail lights, tailgate-mounted spare wheel like the units that are being sold in India at present. The SUV may also be offered with version that has removable roof and doors.
When Jeep India launched the 2020 Wrangler in India last year, it was priced at ₹63.94 lakh (ex-showroom). In March last year, the the BS 6 version of the Wrangler Rubicon was launched at a price of ₹68.94 lakh. However, the price may go down by quite a bit with the locals manufactured Wrangler SUVs. Jeep has already started to accept bookings for the Made-in-India 2021 Jeep Wrangler SUV. The price will be made public on Wednesday.