• Aug 19, 2010
2011 Jeep Wrangler – Click on either image for high-res gallery

After a bevy of leaked product images and spy shots, official confirmation of an updated 2011 Jeep Wrangler can hardly be considered a surprise, but it's still a welcome development. For its next model year, the venerable four-wheeler will receive a comprehensive (and much needed) interior update, along with a body-color removable hardtop available on the Sahara trim.

2011 Jeep Wrangler dashboardThe new Wrangler, which has just gone into production this week at Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex, gets a new steering wheel, instrument panel, reworked center stack, and even larger rear windows. Other changes include a lockable console, gooshier armrests and upgraded materials all around.

On the creature-feature front, there's a new USB interface for keeping those top-down tunes flowing, as well as Bluetooth streaming audio. You'll be able to hear your music of choice even better in the 2011 model, too, as the company has splashed out for a new 'acoustical treatment' designed to cut the Jeep's (in)famous cabin din. Of course, if you're buying a Wrangler, you're probably not looking for the ultimate in refinement, but at first blush, these measured updates strike a nice balance with us.

Finally, a brace of new paint colors make the scene for the new model year, including Bright White, Cosmos Blue, Deep Cherry Red, Detonator Yellow, and Sahara Tan.

Check out the revised Wrangler in our high-res gallery below and see the rest of the story in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Jeep]

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Coming Soon From Jeep®: New Version of the Iconic Wrangler

New 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Feature All-new Interior and Premium, Body-color, Removable Hard Top

August 19, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich.

Chrysler Group LLC released images today of the new 2011 Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Jeep continues to refine the successful Wrangler formula by combining its legendary, benchmark capability with an all-new interior that delivers rich styling with significantly upgraded touch surfaces, occupant comfort and versatility, and a premium appearance courtesy of an all-new body-color hard top for the popular Sahara model.

"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. In addition, Sahara models now feature a stunning, all-new body-color hard top, for customers looking for a Jeep Wrangler with a more premium appearance."

New 2011 Jeep Wrangler interior highlights include a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials. A new lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas boast comfortable touch points, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated, power mirrors are now available, and drivers and passengers will enjoy enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows.

All-new steering-wheel controls allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel. A new USB device interface connects to storage devices (thumb drives and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle's Media Center, which now includes streaming Bluetooth audio. Twelve-volt accessory outlets have been added and a new 110-volt outlet is available to provide power similar to AC outlets in the home.

In line with traditional Jeep design, hex-head bolts are utilized throughout the interior, and are used to mount a "Jeep, Since 1941" inlay onto the new passenger grab handle.

Jeep engineers increased acoustical treatment in the 2011 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, resulting in significantly reduced interior noise.

To provide a more premium appearance, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Sahara models boast an all-new, premium, body-color hard top.

Several new Jeep Wrangler colors are available for 2011, including Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White.

Production of the new 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited began earlier this week at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      There has been a company for years making a power folding soft top its very gay to have that on a Jeep. Buy a sebring convertible its cheaper and it probably fits your lifestyle better. The 1/2 doors keep the old door panels, take rate is low and saves money.

      Fuel economy

      Its a Jeep, not a Pruis! The Jeep 4dr weighs over 4k pounds and its shaped like a brick. That being said I would love to get JK fuel economy in my Jeep. Take the 4.0 and add 1500lbs of goodies and I get 12-13mpg in my 2005. Most Jk's with 37's get 16-17mpg. A stock JK gets 17 city/21 hwy if you keep it under 70mph.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm getting 12-13mpg average in my '09 Rubicon Unlimited on 35s. Stock 4.10 gears (speedometer has been corrected), with the auto, and a good amount of aftermarket steel tacked on. My daily commute is only 14 miles round trip though, with a max speed limit of 40mph, 9 stop lights, and 1 school zone, so it's about the worse type of commute for fuel economy you could think of. Even on the highway there's no way I'd average 16-17mpg though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The one with SRT-4 Orange color looks great!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see what the 16 year old 1991 Civic driving "writers" at jokelopnik have to say about it....
        • 4 Years Ago

        Well said.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More power?
        • 4 Years Ago

        just more weight!
        • 4 Years Ago
        More gears?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice interior, definitely more suited to the on-road crowd more than anything.

      And bring on the new Scrambler/Comanche already!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey! It finally gets padded cloth headrests instead of hard plastic ones!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great interior, now please add the Pentastar in 2012.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and 6 or 8 speed automatic!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good. I wonder why they just don't make a hardtop 4x2 luxo version for soccer moms/metrobois.
      And make a CJ5 size one! How about a Scrambler?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Permanently attached?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They do. You can get the 4-dr Wrangler Unlimited, in any trim except Rubicon, in 2WD (as much as it pains me to say that...)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know the purists HATE it, but I live in Florida, and I can totally see why a 2wd Wrangler makes sense to a lot of people. Many people buy them here to go to the beach and enjoy the convertible top. With the LSD its decently capable on soft-roader trails. Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, mtn biking, etc... you can justify the use of a Jeep and not be a rock crawler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So they changed the interior, painted the roof and fenders?

      What does Fiat want now? 23, 24k?

      The problem with jeeps is they cost too much now. The base wrangler was a fantastic vehicle because you could get one for nothing.

      It's so basic there is no reason for one to start at 21k. Build them in China and lets charge 9k.

      I don't care about U.S. jobs any more. Nobody else does. It's all about ME, ME, ME. I am a democrat. Yay!

      Obama 2012! Hope change HOPE change HOPE CHANGE HOPE CHANGE!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I don't care about U.S. jobs any more. Nobody else does. It's all about ME, ME, ME. I am a democrat. Yay!"

        You actually sound more like a republican or a teabagger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with your point, but the Unlimited isnt a trim level... its just how they denote the 4-dr model. You can get a base Unlimited equiped exactly like the base 2-dr. You can even buy a 2wd 4-dr cheaper than a 4wd 2-dr, with no fluff of any kind. The Rubicon is the top of the line package on either 2-dr or 4-dr, and its outrageously expensive. The Sahara is the "luxo" model, although its pretty much the same as the Rubicon except it doesnt have quite as hard core suspension and it has the body-colored flares.

      But if you are a hard-core off-roader, the Rubicon isnt good enough. You can get much better aftermarket equipment for less money. I see no reason to buy a Rubicon and then replace parts, but I see lots of people who do that. For me, I would buy a base model with the LSD and nothing else, and replace components as I could afford them. I would get a 4-dr model because the slightly less capabilities off-road are worth the tradeoff for the enhanced utility. The 4-dr is the best idea they have had for a Wrangler since the 1997 redesign made it actually functional on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn comment system sucks!! This was meant as a reply to katshot!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that new top finishes off the exterior in a way the old black one never did. It gives the 2-door an almost Defender 90 look, which is a good thing. The new interior looks plush compared to previous versions. Well done!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now give us a REAL ENGINE!!!
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