2012 70th anniversary Jeep Wrangler to get Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar V6


This week journalist from all over the world are romping through the snow in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 5 different Jeeps as part of Jeep’s press intro to the 2011 model line-up.

Of course we just got back from the rugged test drives through the Wyoming snow, mud and sleet.

We can’t give you our driving impressions, or photos as a matter of fact, from the event until December 17th as that information is embargoed by Jeep.

But we do have one bit of interesting news from several highly placed sources within the company that we can share. According to our sources the 2012 Jeep Wrangler will get Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6L V6 as part of Jeep’s 70th anniversary.


The current Jeep Wrangler comes with a somewhat long-in-the-tooth 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque.

As may (or may not know) the 2011 Wrangler now only comes in an 4WD model with a new and revised (read nicer) interior and a 4 speed automatic or a 6 speed manual transmission. Bye Bye: 2WD Wrangler for 2011.

In the new Dodge Durango Chrysler’s 3.6L Pentastar V6 makes 290 HP. No word yet on how much power it will produce in the Wrangler, but except a sizable increase in both power and fuel economy over the current 202 HP engine.

Check out this video below as we put the new 2011 Jeeps to the test and learn what it means when a jeep is trail rated.

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