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 |  Sep 08 2012, 10:02 AM

Inexpensive family sedans still held the majority in the AutoGuide most researched new cars list this week, though the workhorse Ford F-150 and rowdy Jeep Wrangler roared in, nearly knocking the mundane Toyota Corolla from the list.

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 |  Nov 09 2011, 3:00 PM


A week prior to the Los Angeles Auto Show Jeep is previewing two new “Arctic” special edition models, one Wrangler and one Liberty. Both the Wrangler and Liberty Arctic editions feature a collection of winter-themed accessories inside and out. Both special editions will hit showrooms this month.

The Wrangler Arctic is based on the Wrangler Sahara model (ironic?) and Jeep will offer it in Winter Chill, Bright Silver and Bright White. On the outside, Jeep has included a body-color hardtop and fender flares, Arctic badges on the front fenders, a clever Yeti Footprint decal over the driver’s side fender and hood, black hood decal and Mopar black fuel filler door and taillight guards. Those looking to take it to the next level can also opt to get the Wrangler Rubicon wheel and tire package, featuring black semi-gloss 17-inch wheels with 32-inch tires.

For the interior of the Wrangler Arctic, the seats are black Tectonic fabric with Polar White accents and orange stitching and piping. The front seats are heated and feature an Arctic logo while accent stitching can also be found on the steering wheel, arm rest and console lid. In addition, the door trim and nets are in orange while the grab handles and dashboard vent rings are all in Polar White. Finishing it all off are Mopar tread pattern slush mats with Jeep lettering on them.

The Liberty Arctic is based on the Liberty Sport 4×4 models and is very similar to the Wrangler Arctic. It will be available in Winter Chill, Bright Silver, Bright White and Mineral Gray. Similar badges are found on the fenders while the Arctic decal on the hood is unique to the Liberty. For wheels, the Liberty packs black semi-gloss 16-inch with P235/70R16 OWL all-terrain rubber. Deep tinted glass and tow hooks go well with the blacked-out headlights and standard fog lamps.

For the interior, the seats on the Liberty are covered in black vinyl with Gortex while the inserts are similar to the Wrangler’s Tectonic fabric with Polar White accents. Again, Arctic Orange contrast stitching can be found throughout the interior while the Liberty also features gray-faced gauges, express up/down one-touch windows, Media Center 430 touch-screen head unit that powers a nine-speaker Infiniti sound system, and the similar Mopar slush mats found in the Wrangler.

GALLERY: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Arctic


GALLERY: 2012 Jeep Liberty Arctic


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 |  Sep 02 2011, 5:15 PM

Teaming up with Activision Publishing, creators of the famed Call of Duty video game series, Jeep has introduced the MW3 Special Edition Wrangler.

Signifying Modern Warfare 3, the latest in the Call of Duty saga which goes on sale this November, the 2012 Wrangler MW3 is offered in exterior hues of either Black or Bright Silver and is based on the Rubicon and features the Rubicon wheels finished in black. Other features include a ‘Power Dome’ hood, and a raft of Mopar accessories, such as winch configured front bumper,  special rear bumper, rock rails, taillight guards,  Mopar fuel filler door and special MW3 rear mounted tire cover.

Designed for boonie bashing, the Wrangler MW3 sports 32-inch tires mounted on its Rubicon wheels as well as locking front and rear differentials, plus a two speed transfer case. Dealer installed options include a front winch and 2-inch lift kit.

Timed with the introduction of the game, the Call of Duty MW3 Special Edition Wrangler, available in two-door Limited and four-door Unlimited configurations  is slated to arrive at Jeep retailers this November.

 |  Jun 01 2011, 3:10 PM


The Jeep Wrangler will finally get the Chrysler 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 for the 2012 model year. Since 2007, the Wrangler has used the 3.8-liter V6 engine, which replaced the bullet proof 4.0-liter inline six.

New transmission hardware has also arrived for the Wrangler as it will forgo the ancient four speed automatic for a five-speed unit. A little late in the game, as many automakers are upgrading to seven and eight speed transmissions.

Regardless of preference, the 2012 Wrangler’s powerplant will be identical to the units in the 2011 Grand Cherokee. The V6 should produce 290-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 3.8-liter produced a meager 202-hp and 237 lb-ft of torque. Fuel mileage is expected to improve to 16-mpg city, 23-mpg highway from 15/19.

GALLERY: 2012 Jeep Wrangler


[Source: Toledo Blade]

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