2011 Jeep Wrangler: The Benchmark Off-road Vehicle

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Jeep continues to refine the successful Wrangler formula by combining its legendary, benchmark capability with an all-new interior that delivers rich styling with significantly upgraded touch surfaces, occupant comfort and versatility, and a premium appearance courtesy of an all-new body colour hardtop for the popular Sahara model.

  • All-new interior with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials
  • All-new body colour hardtop on Sahara models
  • Heated seats available
  • Automatic temperature control
  • New USB device interface connects to storage devices (USB memory stick and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle’s Media Center™, which now includes streaming Bluetooth® audio
  • Power-heated mirrors
  • All-new steering wheel controls allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel
  • Additional 12-volt accessory outlets
  • Standard electronic stability control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HSA) and Trailer-sway Control (TSC)
  • Enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows
  • New colours including Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White
  • NVH improvements

“The iconic Jeep Wrangler keeps getting better,” said Guy Franken, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Chrysler SA. “While retaining unmatched, legendary capability, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler boasts an all-new interior that delivers a host of comfort, convenience and versatility features. In addition, Sahara models now feature a stunning, all-new body colour hardtop, for customers looking for a Jeep Wrangler with a more premium appearance.”

Offered in three models — Sport, Sahara and Rubicon® — the Jeep Wrangler achieves best-in-class off-road capability. With solid axles, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable and convertible tops, Jeep Wrangler retains the brand’s coveted core values of freedom, adventure, mastery and authenticity.

Design 

New 2011 Jeep Wrangler interior highlights include a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials.

A new lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas boast comfortable touch points, while a redesigned centre stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated seats and heated power mirrors are now available and drivers and passengers will enjoy automatic temperature controls and enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows.

All-new steering wheel controls allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel. A new USB device interface connects to storage devices (USB memory stick and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle’s Media Center™, which now includes streaming Bluetooth® audio. 12 volt accessory outlets have been added.

In line with traditional Jeep design, hex-head bolts are utilized throughout the interior, and are used to mount a “Jeep, Since 1941” inlay onto the new passenger grab handle.

To provide a more premium appearance, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Sahara models boast a new, premium, body colour hardtop.

While staying true to its design roots, the Wrangler’s appearance holds to tradition yet is contemporary, with clean, crisp lines and improved fit and finish.

Wrangler’s signature features remain hallmarks for 2011, including classic round headlamps, a seven-slot grille, trapezoid wheel flares, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield, sport bar, removable tops and doors, available full-framed or half doors and hard and soft tops.

Several new Jeep Wrangler colours are available for 2011, including Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White.

Engineering

Jeep engineers’ increased acoustical treatment in the 2011 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, resulting in significantly reduced interior noise.

The suspension for the Jeep Wrangler is a five-link coil setup with tuned shock absorbers. This setup works with Dana 30 front and next-generation heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axles. The Wrangler Rubicon model uses heavy-duty front and rear Dana 44 axles.

Jeep Wrangler also offers an electronic-disconnecting front stabilizer bar—the active sway bar system—which delivers additional wheel travel for challenging terrain. This feature is standard on Rubicon models.

With high ground clearance, combined with short front and rear overhangs, Jeep Wrangler has the ability to conquer incredibly challenging off-road obstacles, especially severe inclines. Off-road enthusiasts recognize the key numbers: for the Rubicon model, an approach angle of 44.3 degrees, breakover angle of 25.4 degrees and departure angle of 40.4 degrees. Underbody protection is provided by three skid plates – protecting the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan.

The powerplant for all Jeep Wrangler models is a 3.8-liter V-6 engine producing 146 kW and 315 N•m of torque, backed by a standard six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport and Sahara models are equipped with the second-generation Command-Trac® NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon model is equipped with an Off-Road Rock-Trac® NV241 two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, as well as electric front- and rear-axle lockers and an electronic sway bar disconnect.

The Jeep Wrangler is balanced, with minimal body lean when cornering and braking. Suspension geometry provides precise ride and handling characteristics, while lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride.

Electronic stability control (ESC), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving manoeuvres on any type of surface, is standard on the Jeep Wrangler. The ESC system features three modes – “full on,” “full off” and “partial on.”

Jeep Wrangler’s exterior is notable not only for its styling, but also for its open-air options. The innovative Sunrider® soft top, which includes a sunroof in addition to the full top-down option, is standard, while Jeep’s Freedom Top®, a three-piece modular hardtop—also is available on Sahara and Rubicon. This system features three panels – left and right front-passenger panels and a rear panel – providing more options for open-air driving.

In tribute to the heritage of the Jeep brand, the Jeep Wrangler retains the body-on-frame chassis, solid front and rear axles, removable doors, fold-down windshield and most-capable drivetrains that established it as the most capable SUV – period.

Safety and Security

Jeep Wrangler models feature standard ESC, Electronic roll mitigation (ERM), all-speed traction control, tire pressure monitoring (TPM), Brake Assist and Hill-start Assist (HSA) which prevents rollback on a graded surface. In addition, available Trailer-sway Control (TSC) monitors vehicle movement relative to the intended path, engaging ESC if the trailer begins to sway outside set parameters.

2011 MY diesel models will follow later in 2011.