2012 Jeep Wrangler with Pentastar V6 Engine – Engine Upgrade
The Jeep Wrangler is a compact four-wheel drive SUV manufactured by American based car manufacturer Chrysler, under its Jeep marque. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is the fourth generation of this series.
During Chrysler’s third-quarter sales Top Gear announcement, the CEO of the company, Sergio Marchionne, stated that the 2012 edition of Jeep Wrangler is to receive the latest version of the Chrysler engine: the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6. This means that the 2012 Jeep Wrangler will join a long list of cars manufactured by Chrysler which have already received the powerful Pentastar V6 engine for their 2011 year model. The first car to use this engine is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This engine has also been used in the 2011 editions of Chrysler 200, 300, as well as Town & Country; the 2011 editions of Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan, and Journey; and the 2011 Volkswagen Routan.
If this announcement is true, it means that the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine will replace the old 3.8 liter V6 engine. The new engine will be able to increase the performance of the car. If the old 3.8 liter V6 engine can only produce up to 146 kW of power with 315 Nm of torque, the brand new 3.6 Pentastar V6 will be able to produce not less than 216 kW power with 352 Nm of torque. Despite the significant increase in performance, the new engine consumes similar amount of fuel as the previous engine. They both consume about 12 liter of fuel per 100 km.
2012 Jeep Wrangler with Pentastar V6 Engine – Other Features
Besides the engine upgrade, this car has plenty of other features to offer. The previous edition is available in two transmission options: the 4-speed Ultradrive 42RLE automatic and the 6-speed Chrysler NSG370 manual. For the 2012 edition, to keep up with the Pentastar V6 engine, the 4-speed automatic transmission will be replaced with a 5-speed automatic transmission system. However, this change is taken quite late since many manufacturers are upgrading their vehicles to 6- or 7-speed automatic transmission.
The standard features offered in this series include airbags, heated power mirror, Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as a GPS navigation system. As the 2011 edition is equipped with a new steering wheel, totally new interior design, leather upholstery, larger rear windows, and USB ports with Bluetooth connectivity, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is predicted to continue to use these luxury features. Optional automatic temperature control will most likely be installed in the 2012 edition. This feature is intended to increase the driver and passengers’ comfort by controlling the temperature inside the cabin of the car.