Official: New 2012 Jeep Wrangler Comes With A New Engine – The 3.6 liter Pentastar V6

At this time, Wrangler is the most iconic Jeep product in their current line-up and for 2012 and it seems that this capability will expand even further.  How?

Well, the exterior will remain the same (except a few different color combinations), but under the hood will be made some big changes. The car maker decided to replace the old, Chrysler LLC 3.8 liter iron-block V6 with the award-winning new corporate engine – the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6.

“Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and iconic vehicle in the world – has a new heart but retains the same soul for 2012,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Our new 3.6-liter V-6 engine gives the ever-capable Wrangler a completely new, more refined on-road driving experience – complete with more fuel efficiency, power and torque.

Being the winner of the prestigious Ward’s 10 Best Engines award, Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower (209 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m), with greater fuel efficiency.

If we compared it to the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine, the improvement is 40 percent in horsepower and 10 percent in torque. In addition, for refined shifting and greater performance, the Jeep Wrangler migrates from a four-speed to a new five-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler also features the company’s first application of a manual transmission to the Pentastar V-6.

According to tha manufacturer, the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited will continue to be available in four models: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon.

“Combined with an all-new interior for 2011, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is virtually all-new over the past two model years and will excite core Jeep followers while appealing to new customers. “

The details about pricing weren’t released yet, but rumor said that it will be priced around $35-40,000.

Source: Jeep/Chrysler
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