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2012 Jeep Wrangler Gets More Power, Better Fuel Economy

Posted in auto industry, Engines, Jeep, News by Kurt Ernst | August 2nd, 2011 | 7 Responses |

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

Jeep’s marketing department won’t say anything on the 2012 Jeep Wrangler just yet, but the 2012 Jeep order guides have been released. That tells us that the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will make its way under the Wrangler’s hood for 2012, and it also lets us know that both a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic will be available transmission options. Fuel economy is up from 15 mpg city and 19 mpg highway with the current 3.8-liter V-6 to 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway with the Pentastar V-6.

There’s no word yet on output, but the same engine makes 290 horsepower and 260 foot pounds of torque in the current Jeep Grand Cherokee, so expect similar ratings in the Jeep Wrangler. Whatever the final horsepower numbers work out to be, they’ll surely be an improvement on the current Wrangler’s 202 horsepower and 237 ft-lb of torque.

Look for only modest price increases across the Jeep Wrangler line in 2012. The base Sport two-door will start at $22,845, including an $800 destination charge, while the top-of-the-line Rubicon Unlimited will start at $34,370. Look for confirmation and more details in the coming weeks.

Source: Left Lane News

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7 Responses

  1. BigRuss says:

    i love that motor… wonder how nuts this is gonna be out of the box

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Russ, dropping in the Pentastar V-6 was definitely a good move. The Wrangler seriously needed more horsepower, and better fuel economy is just icing on the cake.

  2. BigRuss says:

    this is one of the best moves they could have made….. maybe redesigning the straight 6 for a serious old school inspired ride

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