2012 Jeep Wrangler gets 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 285 Ponies and up to 21MPG ~ Greatest Vehicles

Sunday, 2 October 2011

2012 Jeep Wrangler gets 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 285 Ponies and up to 21MPG

The Chrysler Group is polishing up its recentlyfacelifted Jeep Wrangler with the introduction of its more fuel efficient and powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission for the 2012 model year.

“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," commented Mike Manley, President and CEO of the Jeep brand.

In the 2012 Wrangler, the Pentastar V6 is rated at 285-horsepower (209 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm). That's an improvement of 83-horses and 23 lb-ft over the previous 3.8-liter V6 that delivered 202HP and 237 lb-ft of peak torque.
Together with the new five-speed automatic transmission that replaces the 2011MY's four-speed auto, the latest Wrangler is faster than its predecessor completing the standard 0-60mph (100km/h) sprint in 8.4 seconds as well as more frugal returning up to 21mpg (2011MY: 15mpg city / 19mpg highway).
Jeep also noted that a lower first-gear ratio in the new automatic transmission gives the Wrangler more off-road capability via a lower overall crawl ratio. A six-speed manual gearbox is also available for the 2012 Wrangler.

For the 2012MY, the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited will continue to be available in four models: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. The only other change for the new model year is that the Wrangler Rubicon now shares the same body-color hardtop with Sahara models.
Pricing and availability are to be announced.


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