2012 Jeep Wrangler



With more power and efficiency, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is demanding more attention towards it. The vehicle has eventually received the Chrysler 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine by replacing its 3.8 liter V6 engine.
The engine is equipped with a five speed Mercedes automatic transmission, a boost from its old four-speed automatic. Basically, the company wanted to move ahead from 4-speed to 5-speed. However, this jump is taken quite late since many automakers are now upgrading their vehicles to seven and eight speed transmissions. Current 6-sp manual transmission will still be available.


This new flexible-fuel 3.6-liter V-6 engine features a new design with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration. It features variable-valve timing (VVT) and delivers 290 horsepower (216 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 4,800 rpm. It is coupled with the proven W5A580, a five-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifts and optimum fuel economy. The five-speed W5A580 transmission includes adaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control and an electronically modulated torque converter clutch.



A spokeman for the Jeep Brand, Todd Goyer has indicated that the Pentastar will be the standard engine of all vehicles and its 4-speed automatic will be replaced with 5-speed automatic. The powertrain will help to enhance the fuel economy ratings of the Wrangler which were rated this year at 15 mpg city, 19 mpg highway. With this upgrade, the ratings will increase to 16 and 23 mpg.

Order banks open in June. Production starts at the end of July, in showrooms most likely August/September.

There isn’t many pictures of a 2012 model available, but that is to expected, until it finally shows up on dealers’ lots.


New standard features for 2012MY (Model Year)


  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • Trail Rated
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Hill Descent Control (ATX only)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), includes Electronic Roll Mitigation and All Speed Traction Control
  • Advanced multistage front
  • 16” Styled Steel Wheels (P225/75R16 BSW On/Off)
  • On-Road / Off-Road Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brakes
  • Speed Control
  • Media Center 130 CD/MP3 Radio, 6 Speakers, Audio Jack input
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
  • Full length floor console
  • Removable carpet with sound barrier & absorber
  • Carpeted floors mats w/sound barrier & absorber (2 or 4)
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear Seat: Fold and Tumble seatback, removable (Wrangler), Split-folding 60/40 (Unlimited)
  • Rear window with defrost and wiper (hard top units)
  • Sliding visors with mirror
  • Tilt steering column
  • Fog lamps
  • Tow Hooks (2 front/1 rear)
  • Sentry Key Theft Deterrent
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Command-Trac transfer case
  • Skid plates protect transfer case and fuel tank

SPORT “S” package (Sport content +):

  • Air conditioning
  • 17” Moab Style Aluminum Wheels painted Satin Silver
  • (P255/75R17 OWL On/Off) tires
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Deep Tint Sunscreen Windows

SAHARA: (Sport “S” Package content + )

  • 115v Auxiliary Power Outlet
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Tubular Side Steps
  • 368W 7-speaker Infinity
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • 18″ Aluminum Wheels Painted Satin Silver
  • Gas Charged Shocks
  • Body Color Fender Flares
  • Bright Bumper Overlays
  • Bright Interior Accents
  • Grab Handles

RUBICON (Sahara content + )

  • Tru-Lok Front & Rear Lockers
  • 4:1 Rock-Trac HD T-Case
  • Electronic Sway Bar Disconnect
  • Dana 44 Front Axle
  • Rock Rails
  • 17″ Moab Style Aluminum Wheels painted Satin Carbon
  • LT255/75R17 BSW Off Road Tires
  • Gas Charged Shocks
  • Power convenience and body accents removed


Key Available Features

  • Body Color Group on Rubicon
  • Heated power mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • U-Connect w/Blue Tooth Streaming Audio
  • Media Center 730N CD/DVD/MP3 Radio
  • Black Freedom Top
  • Body Color Hard Top on Sahara
  • Dual Top Group
  • Side Air Bags
  • Trailer Tow package
  • Trac-Lok® anti-spin differential
  • Half Metal Doors



Available Exterior Colors:

  • BLACK FOREST GREEN CLEAR COAT (aka New Frosted Green?, production starts early October)
  • COSMOS BLUE (available until mid-November)
  • DOZER CLEAR COAT (aka Graphic Yellow; production starts 8/8)
  • GECKO (late availability)
  • HEADER ORANGE CLEAR COAT (production starts 8/22)
  • NATURAL GREEN PEARL COAT (first month of production only, then dropped)
  • SAHARA TAN CLEAR COAT (first month of production only, then dropped)
  • WINTER CHILL CLEAR COAT (aka Normandie Blue Metallic?, production starts early October)



You can learn more about 2012 Jeep Wrangler pricing and options in my other post.

Click HERE to read my ramblings about the lack of a diesel-powered Wrangler option again!


June 27, 2011 |

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