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Jeep Wrangler 2021: off road ready Rubicon ‘Shorty’ coming to Australia this year

John Law

Jeep has bolstered the Wrangler off-roader range with the addition of the short-wheelbase Rubicon set for later this year.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler range is set to grow with the addition of a fan favourite – the short-wheelbase Wrangler Rubicon affectionately nicknamed the ‘Shorty’.

Initially, the updated Wrangler range was set to only comprise of the four-door ‘Unlimited’ Wrangler in Rubicon specification. However, Jeep Australia has managed to secure examples of the Rubicon in two-door form with an expected release date later this year.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Shorty 2021-3
The Rubicon ‘Shorty’ is up for some serious off-road action if you are.

Not only is the two-door cheaper, costing $64,950 plus on-roads compared to $69,950, but it should also be more capable off-road. The ‘Gecko Green’ paint colour is exclusive to the two-door Rubicon.

That’s thanks to a 2,459mm wheelbase which is a whopping 549mm shorter than the four-door Wrangler.

What does the Wrangler Rubicon get for the money?

Just like the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, the two-door Rubicon has off-road kit like a low-range transfer case and a shorter 4.10 final drive. It’s also equipped with rock sliders, a sway-bar disconnect system, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres and locking differentials front and back.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Shorty 2021-2
The Rubicon kit is focus on rough road performance and go-anywhere ability.

Combine the Rubicon’s features with the two door’s shorter wheelbase, better approach angle and lighter kerb weight, and it makes sense that die-hard off-roaders appreciate this particular vehicle.

Tom Noble, marketing and communications director of Jeep Australia echoed this sentiment, saying: “the short-wheelbase Jeep Wrangler is a favourite for passionate off-road enthusiasts”.

Aside from extra off-road chops, the Wrangler Rubicon two-door gets a decent level of creature comforts, including:

  • Black exterior pack
  • LED head & taillights 
  • Heated leather seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Keyless entry
  • 8.2-inch touchscreen
  • Nine-speaker Alpine sound system
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Shorty 2021-5
Despite its rough-and-tumble appearance, the Wrangler’s cabin isn’t too shabby.

Under the Wrangler’s bonnet is the same 209kW/347Nm 3.6-litre petrol V6. The Wrangler sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic and switchable 4WD system. The plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4Xe is coming, but it’s all petrol for now.

Jeep bolsters the Wrangler’s off-road credentials with on-road safety tech like front and rear parking sensors, frontal AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Jeep Australia is taking orders for the short-wheelbase Wrangler now, with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

Jeep Wrangler 2021: pricing in Australia

Prices listed are before on-road costs

  • Wrangler Rubicon two-door – $64,950
  • Wrangler Night Eagle Unlimited – $61,750
  • Wrangler Overland Unlimited – $66,750
  • Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited – $69,950