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For 2012, the Jeep Wrangler gained the new 3.6 Pentastar V6, got a five-speed automatic, and had minor aerodynamic improvements. In addition, the new Jeep Wrangler Arctic Edition model was created, with 80 Wranglers and 320 Wrangler Unlimiteds going to Canada, and an unspecified number headed to Europe (with the usual VM diesels for Europe).
The Arctic Edition, officially models JKJP72 and JKJP74 (standard and Unlimited) with package 23H/24H, adds $3,000 to the price, and is available in bright white, winter chill, or bright silver only. The package includes a hard badge on both front fenders, a decal on the driver's side front fender and hood, and black Rubicon tires and wheels, hood decal, fuel door, bumpers, and tail-lamp guards.
Inside, Arctic comes with gray-faced dials and Arctic graphics, black seats (heated in front) with unique cloth/vinyl covering, white seat insert fabric accents, orange seat, armrest, console lid, and steering wheel welting, and a sewn-on Yeti patch. The instrument panel vent rings, door handle, and grab handle insert are all white. Mopar slush mats are thrown in, with white Jeep lettering.
Included in the package are power heated driver and passenger seats, the Media Center 430 RBZ touch-screen stereo, and nine-speaker Infinity audio system.
Thus, aside from the black-painted Rubicon wheels and tires, the Arctic is essentially a cosmetic package. That said, the price is not excessive for anyone who was planning to get the Rubicon wheels and tires anyway, and the overall Wrangler package remains attractive, with a more powerful, 90-lb lighter engine, a five-speed automatic with firmer shifting (manual transmissions are also available), and better water-crossing capabilityi than the 2011. The engine has a special oil pan system to keep lubrication going even at steep angles. [2011+ Jeep Wrangler specifications]
Hill Descent Control is standard on all Wranglers, and the electronic stability control works both through the brakes and by adjusting engine torque. For 2011, all Wranglers gained a new instrument panel, center console, front and rear door panels, steering wheel, center stack, and defroster ducts. The soft-top has a wider rear window, the door opens wider and has a detent, and power heated mirrors are available.
Wrangler is unique in the US and Canada, with solid axles, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable and convertible tops. European versions of the Jeep Wrangler come with a 2.8 liter VM Motori diesel engine, as well as left- and right-hand-drive models; the diesel engine was upgraded for 2011.
Available as a limited edition package for Jeep Liberty as well, with someone different badging and features, the Jeep Liberty Arctic (option code 28H) adds $2,500 to the base price of the Liberty, code KKJL74. It's available in bright white, winter chill, bright silver, and mineral gray, and came with hard badges on both fenders — different ones than the Wrangler — a black hood decal, black 16" wheels with all-terrain tires (P235/70), deep-tint glass, tow hooks, blacked-out headlamps, and fog lamps.
Inside, the Liberty Arctic brings white-faced dials with Arctic graphics, dark gray seats with unique fabric, white accents, sewn-on Yeti patch, and orange stitching and welting (also used on the door armrest, console lid, and steering wheel). Like the Wrangler, the Arctic has the Media Center 430 stereo with 6.5" touch screen and nine Infinity speakers (one is a subwoofer). Mopar slush mats with white lettering are also included, as are heated power driver and passenger seats (cloth), express windows, and a white door grab handle.
Like the Wrangler Arctic, the Liberty Arctic is primarily a cosmetics group, but without the oversized wheels.
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