2011 Jeep Wrangler moves upscale

For over 70 years the Jeep has been an icon for rugged capability. During that time it evolved from a butt-busting, no frills military vehicle to a modern 4-wheeler. Also during that time the brand has gone through many owners, starting in 1941 with Willys

Then came Kaiser, Kaiser-Jeep and American Motors, Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler. Now, Jeep is part of the Chrysler Group, which is part of Fiat. Fortunately, the new Jeep Corporation managers recognize the value of the Jeep brand and continue to allocate the resources necessary to refine the successful Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. For 2011, the strategy is combining legendary capability with an all-new interior that delivers rich styling with significantly upgraded materials, occupant comfort and utility.

"The iconic Jeep Wrangler keeps getting better," said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "While retaining unmatched, legendary capability, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler boasts an all-new interior that delivers a host of comfort, convenience and versatility features."

Available in three models – Sport, Sahara and Rubicon – the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited display signature features 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, dual or soft tops. With room for five adults, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited remains the only four-door convertible on the market.

The new interior includes a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas. A lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas are padded for comfort. A redesigned center stack is easy to reach and operate. Heated seats and heated power mirrors are now available, along with automatic temperature control. Larger rear windows improve rear visibility.

From the driver’s seat, the impression is anything but Jeep-like. All-new steering-wheel controls operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other vehicle functions. A USB port enables the connection of storage devices (thumb drives and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle’s Media Center, which now includes Bluetooth streaming audio. In addition to twelve-volt accessory outlets, a new 115-volt outlet is available.

Consistent with traditional Jeep design, hex-head bolts are utilized throughout the interior. To provide a more premium appearance, Sahara models have a new, body-color hardtop. The use of sound-deadening materials has resulted in significantly reduced interior noise.
Rear seats comfortably accommodate two adults, and a fold-and-tumble feature allows rear seats to be conveniently stowed for more storage capacity. There’s 17.15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and a lockable, under floor storage area, for keeping small items out of sight. Wrangler Unlimited has 43.43 cubic feet behind the rear seat.

Wrangler’s are well known for their open-air options. The standard Sunrider soft top, includes a sunroof in addition to the full top-down option, while Jeep’s three-piece modular Freedom Top is available. This system features three panels – left and right front-passenger panels and a rear panel – providing more options for open-air driving.


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