2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited
Jeep Wrangler changes for 2013 are:
- A new Wrangler Moab edition (see below) and a Tenth Anniversary Rubicon that’s more than a decal package
- Revised seats (both comfort and material); an auto-dimming rearview mirror with LED map light; a better tire pressure monitoring system; LED courtesy lights; and new wheels for Sahara and Rubicon (pictured below).
- Dual windshield wiper nozzles standard on all models, a premium soft top available on all models, optional Alpine 7-speaker stereo and 368-watt head unit, and a better soft top for Wrangler Unlimited, with a “rear spring lift assist.”
- The dual note horn will be standard except on RHD models. Footwell and cupholder lighting will be added; trailer sway dampening will be standard. The pricey Katzkin leather will be available after launch.
- 17 x 7.5 polished gray wheels will be standard on Rubicon, replacing Painted Satin Carbon — which will replace Aluminum Painted Silver on Sahara.
- Paint colors are black, bright white, Crush, deep cherry red pearl, Dozer, Geccko, and True Blue Pearl.
- Later, Billet Metallic, Commando Green Pearl, Dune, Rock Lobster, and Rugged Brown will be added.
2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited
The Jeep Wrangler remains unique in North America, with strong off-road capabilities, removable doors, fold-down front window, removable top (cloth or fiberglass), and a tough four wheel drive system. For 2012, Jeep swapped out the corporate 3.8 engine for a 3.6 Pentastar V6, changed from a four-speed automatic to a five-speed, and had subtle and apparently minor aerodynamic improvements. The Call of Duty II got an AEV hood [details]. [See 2011+ Jeep Wrangler specifications]
With the NSG-370 manual transmission (the first manual to be connected to the Pentastar V6, and a carryover from the 4.0 and 3.8), the Jeep Wrangler can do 0-60 in under 7 seconds, not so long ago sports-car territory.
Making adjustments for the five-speed transmission’s greater length resulted in around 800 changed parts; it has a wider gear range, for better off-road performance with a lower first gear without harming highway mileage. One cost of using the new engine is an odd exhaust loop, which equalizes the length of the exhaust for each bank of cylinders, and may be an issue when driving over particularly difficult terrain (or may preclude use of some aftermarket skid plates).
The new engine weighs 90 lb less than the 3.8; accessories are bolted directly to the block, saving more weight; there is no exhaust manifold; and the new V6 is 94 mm shorter than the 3.8, allowing the alternator to be moved up, improving water crossing abilities. The intake system is unique to Wrangler, with a special throttle body. The Pentastar also has a special oil pan system to keep lubrication going even at steep angles. [2011+ Jeep Wrangler specifications]
The 2012 Rubicon’s approach and departure angles have been slightly improved; the 2012 Wrangler is available with 3.21, 3.73, or 4.10 final drive axle ratios, depending on model. The Command-Trac NV241 is standard; a limited slip differential is optional. Rubicon includes electric front and rear locking differentials, disconnecting front sway bar, and 32 inch tires.
For 2011, the Jeep Wrangler’s interior had been redesigned with an updated instrument panel and new storage areas, with upgraded materials; a lockable console and upgraded “true” door armrests have more comfortable touch points, and the center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated, power mirrors are now available, and larger rear windows increase visibility. The arm rest and door pull have a more ergonomic placement and design, with soft touch materials and more user-friendly locks.
Hill Descent Control is standard on all Wranglers, and starting with 2012, the electronic stability control worked not only through the brakes, but also by adjusting engine torque (because the Pentastar V6 is “drive by wire.”) A new clutch housing, flywheel, and long-travel damper clutch were created for the 2012 Wrangler to match the new engine. [2011+ Jeep Wrangler specifications].
For 2011, Wranglers all gained a new instrument panel, center console, front and rear door panels, steering wheel, center stack, and defroster ducts. The soft-top has a 152mm-wider rear window, the door opens wider and has a detent, and power heated mirrors are available. The Freedom Top has larger rear and side windows (145 and 90 mm larger, respectively).
The 2011 Wrangler Sport S model has $1,400 in “no charge equipment,” adding air conditioning, satellite radio, 17-inch Moab-style wheel, tinted windows, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. New for 2012, Wrangler Rubicon models share a body-color hardtop option with the Sahara model.
Steering-wheel controls have been added for the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone, and other functions, and a new USB interface connects storage devices (thumb drives and most MP3 players) to the Media Center with streaming Bluetooth audio. Twelve-volt accessory outlets have been added, and a new 115-volt outlet (150 watts) is optional, in the center console. The new three-spoke steering wheel with bright accents (a potential problem with the top off) and audio controls is standard.
According to Norm Layton, because the Call of Duty MW3 special editions, which has American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) bumpers, all 2012 Wranglers built after November 2011 have AEV bumper mounting bolts pre-drilled from the factory. This makes installation of an AEV bumper on a 2012 Wrangler (built after November 2011) far easier.
The center stack is now streamlined and “step free” with better access and visibility. A storage area has been added to the top of the instrument panel; and a new bin is under the rear carpet, with more cargo tie-downs and a reversible load floor mat with Jeep logos on both sides. A new center console includes soft touch surfaces, a more comfortable height, dual stage lid tray, and better opening size; it can still be locked. A Jeep grille logo sits behind the rearview mirror, and “Jeep — since 1941” is printed on the front passenger grab handle.
Hex-head bolts are used throughout the interior, including on a “Jeep, Since 1941” inlay on the passenger grab handle. Added sound insulation cuts interior noise, and Sahara models have a new body-color hard top. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler colors are Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White. Black replaces slate gray, black/dark saddle replaces dark/medium khaki on Sahara and Rubicon, and dark/medium khaki has been dropped from Sport.
Production of the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited began in August at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio.
| 2011 |
|2012 Unlimited |
Sport (min tire)
|Running ground clearance||10”||9 - 9.6”||10”||10.2||n/a||8.7||9.4”|
|Approach angle (degrees)||42||30-33||44.3||44.6||44.4||40.6||37|
|Departure angle (degrees)||37||26||40.4||40.6||40.7||37.4||31.5|
|Breakover angle (degrees)||25||?||25.5||25.5||20.9||17.8||22|
|Gas mileage (EPA, 4WD)||16/20||17/22||17/19||17/21||16/21||17/21||18/22|
The prices have gone up, so that (with destination and 4x4) the Sport starts at $22,845, Sahara at $28,770, and Rubicon at $30,795; Unlimited adds around $3,500.
For 2011, Rubicon got “Rock-Trac®” 4x4 which uses an electronic sway bar disconnect, Tru-Lok locking differentials (front and rear), and NV2410R transfer case with 4:1 gear ratio, fiving the Wrangler a 73:1 gear ratio. [Thanks to Justin Trevor for his clarification.] You can upgrade the Wrangler with a Jeep Lift Kit; ExtremeTerrain has Jeep parts for 2011, 2012, and 2013 Wranglers.
Standard Wrangler 4x4s get Command-Trac I®, with shift-on-the-fly 4WD (at speeds under 60 mph), low gear, and neutral setting for towing without uncoupling the driveshafts. In low gear, for 2011 models, torque was multiplied by 2.72:1 (a 3.73 was also made available starting in 2012, and Rubicons have higher ratios). The front axle is a Dana 30, the rear axle is a Dana 44; a Trac-Lok differential is available.
Towing of up to 3,500 was allowed in 2012 models by the five-speed transmission, which also included electronic range select on all 2012 and newer Jeep Wranglers. 2012 model maximum trailer weight on all models is, however, 2,000 lb unless specially equipped. Payload is 1,000 lb on Sport, 880 lb on Sahara, and 892 lb on Rubicon.
The 2011 Jeep Wrangler is otherwise similar to the 2010 models, which have standard tow hooks, fog lamps, full-length center console, front floor mats, and cloth trim with front seatback map pockets. The Sunrider® soft top is easier to remove than in older (mid-2000s) models. Some buyers may end up using a grease pencil or other device to dim the bright chrome on the steering wheel, which would otherwise reflect flashes of sun with the top off.
Compared with the 2010s, the gauges are in the same place, but are much less “bold” with bright, rounded chrome surrounds replacing the large swaths of dull silver plastic. The separation of digital displays has been removed. The center stack is less pronounced and the color is an earth tone. The steering wheel now has a chrome ring and audio controls. Shifters have chrome elements and the automatic is gated. The center stack elements have the same color as the main dashboard, reducing the emphasis. The speaker grille is not as accentuated and vents have dull silver surrounds. The doors are smoother and not “chunky.”
Jeep Wrangler Moab
Following the release of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, a more-off-road capable Grand Cherokee, Jeep has released a new Wrangler Moab model which takes advantage of the same new Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Silent Armor tires.
The Jeep Wrangler Moab is based on the Sahara model, with 17-inch Rubicon alloy wheels painted gloss black, with 245/75R17 tires, a standard Trac-Lok anti-spin rear differential, optional electronic rear locking differential, winch-ready steel bumpers, and premium rock rails. With a manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle ratio, Wrangler Moab has a crawl ratio of 45:1.
Wrangler Moab also has a unique Mopar "power dome" hood, black fuel filler door, and tail lamp guards; Wrangler’s new-for-2013 premium soft top, black wheel arches, matte black Jeep grille badge, and “Moab” decals on the hood. A body-color three-piece hard top is optional.
Interior modifications include black or saddle premium leather seating with black stitching on the newly-designed 2013 Wrangler seats, “Moab” embossed instrument panel grab handle, Mopar slush mats and Iron Gray trim on the vent rings, grab handles and steering wheel spokes.
The Jeep Wrangler Moab is available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited model and is offered in Crush, Dozer, Rock Lobster, Gecko, Black and Bright White exterior colors.
The Jeep Wrangler
Descending from the original Army MA/MB Jeeps of World War II, the Wrangler remains the Jeep that all others derive their reputation from. Each new redesign is controversial, and woe unto those who would change it too far. The Wrangler has an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar option, providing more wheel travel. Low-pressure twin-tube shock absorbers were tuned to provide improved balance between jounce and rebound motions. Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon models had standard high-pressure monotube shocks, utilizing Low Speed Tunable (LST) valve technology. The recirculating-ball steering had a robust cross-car steering linkage system, providing the stiffest possible steering linkage in a solid-axle vehicle, for a precise feel. See the tenth anniversary 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The Jeep Wrangler is available with a 2.8 liter VM Motori diesel engine, as well as left- and right-hand-drive models; the diesel engine was upgraded for the 2011 model year. All Wranglers for North America are built at Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Jeep Wrangler Oscar Mike for Military Buyers
There were only 200 Jeep Wrangler Oscar Mikes produced, and they were sold entirely to the overseas military community with special pricing. The name does not refer to the movie award, but to the military phonetic alphabet -- Oscar and Mike stands for O and M. The phrase "Oscar Mike" means either "On the Move" or "On Mission."
The Oscar Mikes were sold as standard or Unlimited Wranglers, in black, green, and Sahara Tan; the hard top was standard with some Dual Tops made. The exterior included Mopar black tail-lamp guards, painted fender flares, 17" Rubicon wheels, tubular side steps, 32 inch tires, and mineral-gray bumper appliqués. Inside, it had Mopar grab handles, a wheel with "X" stitching, anodized bezels, dark saddle/light frost French-stitched vinyl armrest and console lid covers, Mopar slush mats, and Jeep embroidered logo patch in military-style canvas.
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