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2011 Jeep Wrangler spy shots – Click above for image gallery

As the most iconic model from a certifiable American institution such as Jeep, it comes as little surprise that every new version of the venerable Wrangler (or CJ if you happen to remember Carter's presidency) causes pangs of distress from Jeep's loyal fanbase. Still, from the square headlights of the original Wrangler YJ to the coil springs of the Wrangler TJ and finally – and easily the most egregious of all in our eyes – the loss of the stalwart 4.0 HO inline-six in favor of the 3.8-liter V6 from a minivan in the latest JK, the Wrangler has continued to sell.

That doesn't seem likely to change for 2011, either. From what we can tell from these few spy shots that were snapped at the Jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio, the biggest external change to the next Wrangler is the inclusion of a color-matched hardtop. This is definitely not a bad thing. We can only hope that the next significant alteration to the tried-and-true off-roader-for-the-masses model includes a new drivetrain. Pentastar V6, please, along with automatic and manual transmissions with six forward ratios each. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

*UPDATE: Thanks to some eagle-eyed readers, we just noticed that these 2011 Wranglers also seem to sport a new, more aerodynamic front bumper design as well. Thanks qwerty777!



[Source: The Toledo Blade]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Need to shrink it down to CJ5 size, name it Patriot! Then they can push these Giant Jeeps upmarket!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A HEMI V8 model would be called the Wrangler SRT-8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Carter administration? CJ goes a bit farther back than that...
        • 4 Years Ago
        yay... just another thing to get scratched... like the painted fender flairs.

        the more paint you have, the less off road friendly it is... im glad mine doesnt have either of those
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the looks of that. I want mine in Rescue Green, please.

      http://www.topspeed.com/cars/jeep/jeep-rescue-ar1183/picture25015.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't look right or is it because I got used to see the Jeep with a black top? For now no, maybe it will grow on me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No you're right, this looks kinda ugly.... or maybe it's the color, or the picture. Or maybe we're just used to the black top.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks odd because they haven't put on the "US Mail" logos yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I also think it looks odd. Give me the black top please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you actually buy any factory hardtop for the wrangler yet, I tried for most of last year and no chance, does anyone know if they have their issues sorted out yet?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see fiat's pounding the tacky out of Mopar...
      • 4 Years Ago
      currently, only the sahara model has color-keyed fenders, and the two wranglers in those pics are saharas... so maybe the color-keyed top is for sahara models only?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they're going to put a V6 in it can we at least get the Pentastar V6?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought this was already available. I saw a brand new Wrangler yesterday with a matching hard top in the Seattle area. It was white too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There was one sitting on the lot in the fall of 2008 when I picked up my current Unlimited. Dealer had the roof painted for some ungodly amount. Looked good, but not for the price the dealer wanted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering that both models in the photos are Saharas, and the Sahara is currently the only model that gets the color-matched flares, I'm guessing the color-matched top will be a Sahara-specific upgrade.

      While I prefer the look of the black top, a white one might help cut down interior temps as it would reflect a lot of sun vs the current matte finish black hard top. Might look a bit like the FJ Cruiser then though. Overall I haven't been real keen on the custom color-matched hardtops I've seen already. I guess I'm just used to black, but they don't look quite right in other colors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought a new Wrangler Laredo back in '88. The manual tranny literally dropped 5 inches when I went to park it after less than 5,000 miles. The hardtop window reflections were BRUTAL during night driving, and the seats were like 20th century torture devices for one's back.

      I sold it after 10,000 miles and have never ever missed it. Seemed like fun at the time -- I ski and beach -- but it really was not a good match, at least for me.

      The body-colored hardtop? Meh, it's still a jeep, only now it has a mani/pedi.
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