• 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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 2012 Wrangler hasn’t been announced by Jeep just yet, but a Georgia based dealer has already placed a Rubicon version on sale on eBay for a price of $35,628.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Exterior and Interior

2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Exterior
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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.

The standard equipment list will include: Cruise Control with steering wheel controls, Hydraulic Power-Assist, Audio Cruise Control, a manual convertible roof for the Rubicon model, and SIRIUS Travel Link.


2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Drivetrain
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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.


2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Exterior
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Official prices for the 2012 Wrangler haven’t been announced just yet, but a 2012 Wrangler has been put on sale for $35,628. Full prices will be announced at a later date.


2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Exterior
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When someone buys a Jeep Wrangler, they are looking to go off-roading in a vehicle that can withstand the trials and tribulations of doing so. Another vehicle that offers a similar experience is the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 260 HP and 271 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an electronically shifted five-speed automatic transmission. These figures prove to be great competition for the Jeep Wrangler’s new Pentastar engine, but still fall a little short.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Exterior
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  (776) posted on 12.22.2011

I bet this would be a good choice for off-road vehicle. I think its speed performance is quite remarkable for a jeep version. And I think it’s a bonus that the vehicle is not a gas guzzler.

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

Rubicon seems too huge on its platform, but I still find it so exclusive on that especially on the body paint that they use on it. I just only hope that it also has a better engine than on what Toyota Cruiser can offer.

  (256) posted on 12.12.2011

Well, I would still prefer to have a Toyota Cruiser than with this Hummer. Sure, it is truly a good-looking vehicle, but it looks too huge and heavy as well on its platform unlike with Toyota Cruiser.

  (569) posted on 12.8.2011

When its comes into exterior appearance, I think Toyota FJ cruiser would be stood out on that, and when it comes to speed performance, no one of them. smiley Well, I just noticed that they have both engine specifications, which are too weak for them.

  (595) posted on 12.1.2011

As what I’ve expected on a Jeep car! smiley Anyway, I noticed that its front seat of it seems very comfortable, which is good on it. Enhancement that they were saying is not really so necessary for it.

  (577) posted on 10.25.2011

It looks so massive on that platform and even on its wheels, and I love the decent and hygienic look of this outdoor car, and I must say that its interior feature is quite striking as well as its engine.

  (449) posted on 10.12.2011

I love the hygienic look of this Wrangler Rubicon, and if I’m not mistaken it is a huge outdoor car, and I wonder if what will be the interior of this will look like and even the figure performance of this one.

  (539) posted on 09.29.2011

Really can’t see the difference of Jeep cars, when I’m looking to it. It just look the same in my eyes. Well maybe its because of the common platform and edges of Jeep. Which somehow hard to distinguish the difference.

  (342) posted on 09.29.2011

Impressive exterior designs, as what I expect on Jeep cars, but I noticed the front seat of this Wrangler Rubicon. It seems uncomfortable. Maybe they should enhance it first before putting on its debut or in market production.

  (580) posted on 09.28.2011

I love the fact that it had a new engine, but I need to ask this, is V6 engine with 260 horsepower is already powerful for an outdoor car like this? Well, I’m kind of curious if it can really give a better performance on it.

  (314) posted on 08.8.2011

The things that I like about Jeeps is the powerful engine they always put on the car and the off-road specifications. On the other hand, the interior looks uncomfortable because it is not a spacious one.

  (530) posted on 08.8.2011

Well, I’m really glad that there’s a growing demand on Jeep vehicle. I thought they are going to kill the production of Jeep in US. I’m impressed with the speed performance, dressed up version and its reliability.

  (474) posted on 08.8.2011

The exterior of the car is kind of impressive and I really love its aggressiveness. I bet this would be a good choice for off-road vehicle. I think its speed performance is quite remarkable for a jeep version. And I think it’s a bonus that the vehicle is not gas guzzler.

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