jeep Wrangler and Land Rover Defender split the voting when it comes to the ultimate reputation for four-wheel-drives (4WD) which can ‘go-anywhere’. Thing is you can’t fake a reputation. 4WD fans would never allow that. In a history dating back to the second World War, the Jeep Wrangler joins the Harley Davidson motorcycle as being American ‘Icons’.
Now, for 2012, Jeep debuts the Wrangler with a new, more powerful 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine which is also more fuel-efficient. In a few months Jeep will introduce a new, luxury version of the Wrangler called ‘Sahara’ which will feature a body-colour three-piece hardtop roof and matching wheel-arch flares, leather interior, six-disc audio and 18-inch alloy wheels.
2012 Jeep Wrangler Overview
Big news for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is underneath – as well as the new 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, Jeep has ditched the optional four-speed automatic transmission and gone for a five-speeder with driver-select manual changes. The excellent 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine remains unchanged.
Jeep is sticking with the two model grades for the Wrangler – ‘Sport’ and ‘Rubicon’. The extra coin for the Rubicon spec brings extras like Command-Trac 4WD system, Dana axles, Tru-Lok front/rear differential locks, front swaybar disconnect system, 17-inch alloy wheels and seven-speaker Infinity audio with a 360-watt amplifier.
The full range is:
Sport V6 petrol (6-speed manual) $32,000
Sport V6 petrol (5-speed automatic) $34,000
Sport turbo-diesel (6-speed manual) $38,000
Sport turbo-diesel (5-speed automatic) $39,000
Rubicon V6 petrol (6-speed manual) $42,000
Rubicon V6 petrol (5-speed automatic) $44,000
Sport Unlimited V6 petrol (6-speed manual) $36,000
Sport Unlimited V6 petrol (5-speed automatic) $38,000
Sport Unlimited turbo-diesel (6-speed manual) $42,000
Sport Unlimited turbo-diesel (5-speed automatic) $43,000
Rubicon Unlimited V6 petrol (6-speed manual) $46,000
Rubicon Unlimited V6 petrol (5-speed automatic) $48,000
2012 Jeep Wrangler Engine
Gone is the 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine, replaced by a much better 3.6-litre 60-degree 24-valve 3.6-litre Pentastar V6. Lighter and more compact, the new V6 delivers much better driving dynamics extending beyond the obvious performance and fuel consumption improvements.
Not that they’re insubstantial. Power is up to 209kW at 6350rpm and torque is up to 347Nm at 4300rpm (with 90 per cent available from as low as 1800rpm). The V6 petrol Jeep Wrangler Sport two-door now accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds – 27.7 per cent faster than the equivalent outgoing model.