The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara has definitely become a cult vehicle. Primarily responsible for making its mark a name, it further draws and followers with age. Sales of the Jeep Wrangler 2012 increased sharply in the last year, in part because the SUV a slightly gained sophistication while retaining its rugged look and his undeniable skills off road.
Don’t forget to greet other Jeep Wrangler drivers on the road, for them, they will welcome you. Consider this gesture as a secret handshake of the clan. Tip for the new owners: do not send the main drivers of Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
As before, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is available in two and four-door, the latter with a longer wheelbase and a more comfortable ride on road. In addition, Chrysler thought fit to include its new 3.6 L V6 under the hood of the Wrangler, and its sound even settled for well reflect the character of this SUV rough.
Changes for 2012
First and foremost, the engine. For it work in the Wrangler, it develops 285 horsepower and 260 foot pounds torque. It is offered with a manual transmission to an automatic 5-speed or 6 reports (a first for the Pentastar V6); our test vehicle is provided with the manual, and apart a little reluctance to engage reverse, its leverage remains easy to use despite its length. To move in steps of turtle off the beaten, the clutch allows light pressure on the accelerator without choke the engine.
With 40% more horsepower, this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is faster and more comfortable to engage in traffic. Experience on road is more significant in the Sahara version as the Rubicon, the latter Wrangler version I have tried: If your off-road adventures are limited to paths of Earth leading to the cottage, the Sahara finishes will amply do.
The engine change also brings a better fuel economy, although in the model Unlimited, the difference is marginal. Rated at 13.4 L/100 km in the city and 9.6 on the highway, my average during the week of testing is 14.7 L/100 km. I don’t have many Highway, and I would have probably got a better result with automatic transmission. Still, one cannot expect miracles with a seen so little aerodynamics.
The other noteworthy this year change is the addition of the rigid roof of color-key to the Rubicon, reserved exclusively to the Sahara in 2011.
Champion off road
The system four wheel drive Command – Trac I of the Jeep Wrangler 2012 has a simple although efficient mechanics. When we move the lever from 2 pm to 4 pm, transfer case distributes the 50: 50 axles engine torque front and rear. In mode 4WD however, prior to the Wrangler wheels skywatching in parking maneuvers; cannot really leave 4: all the time.
Really should explain why the Wrangler is skilled in wood? The low range transfer case, excellent attack and exit angles, the high and rigid axles front and rear ground clearance ensure always obtain adherence to more than one wheel.
Our Jeep test barrier all Jeep Chrome Edition MOPAR, which includes tubular running boards; I would pass my turn on this accessory, for two reasons: they may harm during off-road excursions, and they are so high that they impede access and exit of the passenger compartment. The chrome grille I do really not more a matter of personal choice.
You can still get doors, lower the windshield and has inside hose as before watering, but since last year, the Wrangler has to a lot more pleasant cabin. The new wheel is very pretty and includes the commands of the audio chain, the cruise control and of the on-board computer. Air conditioning controls are an improvement over the old. And in General, the quality of the materials is on the rise.
The large front seats are firm and offer good support, while the rear seat includes a divisible record 60/40 to increase cargo capacity. Unfortunately, at the back, folded soft roof is cumbersome when attempting to transport larger objects.
Attractive base price
A base Wrangler Sport is available from $ 22,695 for this sum, it gets little comfort and convenience features, although the die-hard supporters of the Jeep probably do not want. Our Unlimited Sahara well equipped version, with options such as the trailer hitch, chrome trim mentioned earlier and a navigation system, costs more than $ 37,000.
Competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser ($ 33,000 to $ 41,000), Nissan Xterra ($ 34,000 to $ 38,000) and a dozen other SUV or crossover that are not the same skills as the Wrangler off-road.
Even though it shows little versatile for everyday driving, the Wrangler sales continue to increase for 2011. It is more refined than ever without betraying its roots Jeep. The faithful follower of the Wrangler can sleep on its two ears, since it or it is not part of a clan in decline by surprise, leaving them spiritually and financially. Provided that new followers learn to recognize when they are behind the wheel.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, a SUV both affordable and appropriate, is considered by many as being the best all-terrain vehicle.
This year, the Jeep Wrangler 2012 receives a new engine: the Chrysler Pentastar. V6 3.6 L 285 horsepower and 260 foot pounds of torque. Previously, the Wrangler was also refined, yet, it has lost nothing of its side adventurer.