Jeep Rubicon 2012 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – With 24 years of history, the Jeep Wrangler has become one of the most successful models in the Jeep line-up. Currently in its third generation (JK starting 2007), the Wrangler is about to receive one of the most important updates for the 2012 model year.
Up until now, the Wrangler was powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that delivered a total of 202 HP and 237 ft-lb of torque. This engine wasn’t bad, but it lacked the power needed for the Wrangler to really flex its muscles during those off-road activities. In 2012, that will all change as the boring V6 engine has been dropped on favor of a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 290 HP and a peak torque of 237 lbs-ft.
The danger is not that the refined interior will diminish the Unlimited Rubicon’s off road prowess. The danger is that the Unlimited Rubicon’s four doors and modern, powerful V-6 will convince some buyers that this has somehow become a modern-driving SUV. ?It has not, certainly?not with the Rubicon get-up. Its mudders hum away monotonously, struggle to provide 0.61 g of grip, and are implicated in the Rubicon’s poor 204 foot braking performance from 70 mph. But all Wranglers get the new powertrain for ’12, so stick with the Sahara or Sport versions if your idea of rock crawling is idling up your pea gravel driveway.
You can’t tell by looking at it, but the Jeep Wrangler has undergone a transformation. The iconic shape remains — seven-slot grille, round headlights, short wheelbase, soft or hard top but Jeep has made huge improvements to the off-roader for 2012. Jeep invited us to drive the 2012 Wrangler on the Rubicon, one of the hardest 4×4 trails around, used almost exclusively by modified vehicles. We also got to drive on the two-lane asphalt roads that wind around Lake Tahoe.
Jeep Rubicon 2012 Price :
Jeep Rubicon 2012 Price. – Okay, so Rubicon owners aren’t drag racers, but they sure as hell would like to keep up with modern traffic, something not exactly possible with the lethargic old truck. And while our example came optioned up to a stunning $38,790 with heated front seats, a nav system, both soft and hardtops, and the new automatic, its base price of $34,370 is only $250 higher than last year’s. The 2012 Rubicon’s dramatically improved acceleration and increased fuel efficiency (up 1 mpg in both EPA tests for automatic models) are worth well more than $250.
Jeep Rubicon 2012 Interior and Exterior :
Jeep Rubicon 2012 Interior and Exterior. – For 2012, the Wrangler Rubicon will continue with the same features that were revealed for the 2011 model year: a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials. The interior will be offered with cloth bucket seats, driver height adjuster seats, front seat back map pocket, leather wrapped steering wheel, and Hill Descent Control.
Consider this the second part of a major overhaul to the Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited. Part one happened for the 2011 model year, when the JK (the current generation’s code name) received a new interior, plus, on the Sahara, a body-color hard top and fender flares. The hard top is of the same composite material as it was before, but what sounds like a minor change actually has a major effect on the Wrangler’s appearance. In addition, the rear windows are larger as of 2011, improving visibility. For 2012, the body color hard top and fender flares are optional on the Rubicon, too.
Jeep Rubicon 2012 Engine :
Jeep Rubicon 2012 Engine. - The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 290 HP and a peak torque of 237 lbs-ft. The engine is mated to a standard six speed manual gearbox or an available four speed automatic transmission. 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, an electronic sway bar disconnect, and 32-inch BF Goodrich off road tires.
For part two: Prior to the 2012 model year, Jeep knew the Wrangler would get the Pentastar engine, even if the company didn’t make an official announcement. The pairing makes perfect sense: more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy. The previous iron block 3.8-liter V-6 put out 202 horsepower and 237 lb-ft: the all aluminum Pentastar has 285 horses and 260 lb-ft. And, while the six speed manual returns unchanged, the four-speed automatic has been ditched in favor of the Grand Cherokee’s five speed. All the rest of the major mechanical features (axles, suspension, steering, brakes), the body, dimensions, and structure are essentially carryover. Source: topspeed.com, motortrend.com, autocarrelease.com.