November 2011: Wrangler to get Pentastar V6
In the announcement on Chrysler’s third-quarter sales results, the company’s CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that next year’s 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited will both get a new 3.6-liter V6 “Pentastar” engine.
The new powerplant will likely pack somewhere between 283 and 305 horsepower depending on the tune, and will make for a substantial bump in grunt over the current 202HP 3.8-liter V6 currently available in the Wrangler.
The Pentastar V6 first debuted on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and is gradually making its way on other models, including the 2011 Dodge Charger and Grand Caravan.
2011 Wrangler images shown below.
The Wrangler received a bit of interior modernization and some exterior modifications but the 3.8L V6 remained.
The new platform is set to “govern all of Chrysler’s C- and D-segment vehicles, both passenger cars and SUVs, for the foreseeable future”, said Marchionne, meaning that next-generation midsize sedans and crossovers will use it.