Yeah that sounds way off. Why did they just decide to change everything for this year?Jeep is building the 2021 model until December 4, 2021 and starting production on the 2022 model on December 6, 2021. We should be able to start ordering 2022's when allocation is release for either September or October. Will know more late in the summer.
The pandemic? That was going on in 2020 but they took orders for 21s in June of 2020 regardless. The chip shortage? Wranglers other than the 4Xe are not affected by the chip shortage.
Have we ever in seen a new MY vehicle not released until the middle part of the year for it's release? For example, I never saw a 2021 model car waiting to be released until the middle of 2021. For the most part, 21 MY vehicles were available in September of 2020 for most manufacturers.