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Wrangler to get upgrades

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler, which was just upgraded with the new Pentastar V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission, will continue to see upgrades as its replacement is being developed. Dealers should be able to order 2013 Wranglers now, with production starting on July 23, and the official launch on September 1.

Changes include revised seats (both “comfort” and material) for all models; an auto-dimming rearview mirror with LED map light becoming available; a better tire pressure monitoring system; upgraded LED courtesy lights; and new wheels for Sahara and Rubicon.

Buyers will also get dual windshield wiper nozzles standard on all models, a premium soft top available on all models, an optional Alpine 7-speaker stereo and 368-watt head unit, and a better soft top for Wrangler Unlimited, complete with a “rear spring lift assist.”

The dual note horn will be standard on all but RHD models, and footwell and cupholder lighting will be added; trailer sway dampening will be standard on all models. The pricey Katzkin leather will no longer be offered.

There are wheel changes: 17 x 7.5 polished gray wheels will be standard on Rubicon, replacing Painted Satin Carbon. Meanwhile, Polished Satin Carbon will replace Aluminum Painted Silver on Sahara. The tire maker will no longer be noted on standard-equipment lists.

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.

(Thanks, Tim R. and JRS200x). (2012 Wrangler Unlimited test drive.)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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