Jeep Wrangler 2012 gets Pentastar 3.6-litre V6
Chrysler continues to revamp all their models, and steadily finding their way back into the race. Previously, we told you about the “new” 2011 Wranglers with an upgraded interior as well as the option to get painted roof and fender panels. Now, Jeep has moved onto another phase of revamping the Wrangler.
Opting to scrap the underpowered and inefficient 3.8-litre V6, Jeep has finally switched to the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 for the 2012 Wrangler. This change adds some much-needed power while improving fuel economy by about 15%. The new engine makes 285 hp, a jump of about 80 horses compared to the old 205 hp motor. This ensures that the Wrangler does the 0-100 kph run in under 9 seconds.
Another notable change is the transmission. The decade-old 4-speed has been dropped in favour of a 5-speed automatic. As for the manual lovers, they still get to choose a 6-speed manual. As for fuel economy, Jeep claims a rated average of 11.2 litres/100 km.
Exterior changes are kept to a minimum this time, only helping improve aerodynamics. The only noticeable difference is the repositioning of the fog lamps on the front bumper. The interior remains the same as in the updates 2011 model. Also for 2012, the Wrangler has increased its rear axle ratio choices to three — 3.21, 3.73 and 4.10. Its tow rating is also up to 1,587 kilograms.
There is also yet another “Call Of Duty” special-edition, named after a video game, but there is nothing really unique in it that can’t be ordered from the Mopar parts catalogue to build your own.
The Wrangler has indeed received some useful mechanical updates, but it remains to be seen how this will translate into sales. Expect the Wrangler to hit dealers in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other GCC countries later this year.
Keep track of updates in the Jeep Wrangler buyer guide.