2012 Jeep Wrangler Gets Pentastar V6 3.6-liter Engine
I’ve always been a big fan of the Jeep Wrangler and I considered it one of the most important cars ever launched in the United States. The Chrysler Group announced a few days ago that the 2012 model year is going to be available with a new and more powerful Pentastar V6 3.6-liter engine which will be linked to a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
This new power unit generates 285 hp (209 kW) and has a peak torque of 260 lb.-ft (353 Nm), which is 83 hp and 23 lb.-ft more than the outgoing V6 3.8-liter that produces 202 hp and 237 lb.-ft of torque.
Along with the aforementioned 5-speed automatic transmission (which replaces the old 4-speed auto), the car is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 8.4 seconds and manages to return up to 21 mpg whereas the old one returned 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg highway so the 2012MY is more frugal.
The automaker also said something about the first gear ratio which is now lower than before, giving the automatic transmission more off-road capabilities via a lower overall crawl ratio. Clients can also choose for an optional 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 2-door Wrangler as well as the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited will be available for the 2012MY in four flavors: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will have the same body-color hardtop as the Sahara models.
They didn’t say anything about the date when the cars will be launched and no word about the price tag either.
Source: Chrysler via Carscoop
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