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2014-207 Jeep Wrangler Changes

The most exciting 2017 Jeep Wrangler news is the LED headlights and fog lamps, standard on Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon, and optional on Sport and Sport S. These are the first use of LED headlights on any Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep.

wrangler LED headlights

The company is also adding a cold weather group option to Sport S and Rubicon, including 17-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires, an engine block heater, slush mats, power convenience group, heated seats, and remote start — just the thing for upper Wisconsin and most of Canada.

Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

New colors are Chief, Acid Yellow, Gobi, and Xtreme Purple — the last of which became available on any Wrangler rather than special models.

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler gained a new Black Bear Edition with off-road rock rails and other additions to the Sport S; Sahara has updates including wheels, a body-color bumper, and an Olive Green interior option; and Rubicon Hard Rock, Freedom Edition, and Willys Wheeler all returned. Midyear, a single Salute concept was built, celebrating 75 years since the Willys MA; shown below, it was a manual-transmission model sans doors, B-pillars, or rollbar, with military tires, steel wheels, wood bumpers, and numerous custom touches.


For 2015, buyers get a standard eight-speaker audio system with a new sound bar, and an optional Premium Alpine Audio Package that includes nine Alpine speakers, a new subwoofer (now under the cargo floor), and a 552-watt amplifier. A standard tool kit includes T-30, T-35, T-40 and T-50 torx heads, a ratchet, and a storage pouch, to help buyers take off the doors, roof, and front bumper end caps (on Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock Edition). Sports gets an optional black steel and 31-inch Dueler tire package, supplementing the standard Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo2 245/75/R16 tires and black painted 16-inch steel wheels.


Karl noted the Austrian "Jeep Wrangler Fiskal LKW:" by replacing the rear seats and rear windows with sheet metal, they convert the Wrangler into a commercial vehicle, which allows some buyers to avoid the country's 20% value-added tax, while making the car a poor choice for a family vehicle, but a fine van for extreme terrain or poor weather.

  • The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock is the 2014 Rubicon X with the new Alpine Premium Audio and a new low-gloss black grille with high-gloss black inserts.
  • The Willys Wheeler and Freedom Edition return; Jeep donates $250 for each Wrangler Freedom Edition to the United Service Organization (USO).
  • New paints are Baja Yellow, Copper Brown, Firecracker Red, Sunset Orange and Tank. Anvil, Billet Silver, Black, Bright White and Hydro Blue continue.

For 2014, there are minor options changes (especially to the base Sport model), parking/turn signal lamps get clear lenses and amber bulbs instead of the other way 'round, and paint colors change: Anvil, Granite Crystal, Copperhead, and Amp'd replace True Blue, Rugged Brown, Rock Lobster, Command, and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X is new for 2014, with a winch-capable bumper, wider rock rails, and higher level of standard content. It starts with the Rubicon model (for both two and four door Wranglers), and adds BF Goodrich KM 255/75R17 tires on 17-inch Rubicon wheels, painted satin black with polished faces, and a red Jeep Wrangler "icon" logo on the inside pocket. The X uses black steel off-road bumpers, with removable front caps (to increase clearance) and a winch-capable design. A dual-intake Power Dome hood aids engine cooling.

rubicon x

Red tow hooks are installed in front and rear, and Mopar rock rails give added protection from trail damage (there is also a black fuel filler door). Red-silhouette "Rubicon" decals are on both sides of the hood. The Wrangler Rubicon X comes with a Premium Sunrider soft top and is available with a black three-piece Freedom hard top or body-color hard top. Black leather seats, heated in front, are standard, along with an X-styled gauge cluster, Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), Mopar slush mats, and unique axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches.

The Jeep Wrangler Freedom III is the Sport S with graphics and a built in $250 donation to the United Service Organizations (USO). Jeep Wrangler Freedom III has sparkle silver 17-inch wheels, gray grille and bumper inserts, body-color wheel arches, star-in-circle fender badges and hood decals, rock rails, black tail lamp guards, special fuel fill door, and Sunrider soft top with tinted rear window. Inside, it has black fabric seats with silver embroidered logos, silver accent stitching on the steering wheel and accents, grab handles, and slush mats; the grab handles are new for 2014 Wrangler. New paints include Amp'd, Anvil, Copperhead, Flame Red, Granite Crystal and Hydro Blue (Freedom III only). Billet Silver, Bright White, Black and Dune continue on for 2014.

2011-2014 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]

dozer Jeep colorWith 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.

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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).

pentastar v6

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. (Jim Whitley wrote that "Mango Tango" was also available, at least in Canada).

revised interior

Production of the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited began in August at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio.

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2012 Rubicon
2012 Unlimited
Sport (min tire)
Running ground clearance 10"9 - 9.6"10"10.2n/a8.79.4"
Approach angle (degrees) 4230-3344.344.644.440.637
Departure angle (degrees) 372640.440.640.737.431.5
Breakover angle (degrees) 25?25.525.520.917.822
Gas mileage (EPA, 4WD) 16/2017/2217/1917/2116/2117/2118/22

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.

Safari interior

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.

2012 Jeep Rubicon models

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." 

[2011+ Jeep Wrangler specifications]

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.

2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab

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.

2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab interior

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.

2012 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.


Bob Sheaves wrote:

The Dana (Spicer) axles currently in use are both Live Axles in both 44 size and in the J8, a 60 size in the rear. The need for weight reduction versus strength causes a conflict of requirements. Where the TJ used a front 30 and 35C rear, the Rubicon used a 44 front and rear (there were other differences these are not relevant in the discussion yet) with electronically controlled locking differentials.

The primary difference was larger differential and axle tubes, or so people think. In truth, the Rubicon actually used the same tubes as the 30 tubes in front and 35 C tubes in the rear to keep suspension attachments the same and to keep the weight down.

The Dana series are the small-block Chevy of axles. You can mix and match nearly anything, from an OEM standpoint.

AutoTechnician added:

There's a lot to an axle. The JK Wrangler's Dana 44 has around a 1.625" diameter pinion shaft, an 8.9" ring gear and 1.41" diameter axle shafts. The Dana 35, in comparison, has a 7.5" ring gear and 1.09" axle shaft diameters. The size of shafts doesn't necessarily indicate their strength, but, generally, the bigger the ring gear and axle shafts in an axle, the stronger they are. There are many exceptions to this.

While the tubes might be the same size, the D44 offers a stronger pinion and ring gear, a stronger differential, stronger axle shafts, and larger wheel bearings.

As Bob mentioned, Dana offers a lot of customization. For example, the Isuzu Rodeos and Amigos came from the factory with Dana 44s, but used a much, much larger pinion shaft that had Dana 60 bearings and yokes. You can also see this customization in all the various independent-front-suspension flavors of Dana differentials that use the same core "guts" but with wildly varying housing shapes and designs.

2013 Jeep Wrangler changes

2013 Jeep carsJeep 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, True Blue Pearl, Billet Metallic, Commando Green Pearl, Dune, Rock Lobster, and Rugged Brown.

2013 wheels

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