By on August 19, 2010

Jeep has released the first pictures of its next refreshed product, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler, but the changes don’t exactly jump out. That’s because, besides a new body-color hardtop and five new exterior colors, the changes have all taken place on the inside. You know, where they’re most needed. Have they done the job? Hit the jump for the first peek…

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38 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: Wrangling The Details Edition...”

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    Do they get the new Pentastar V-6?

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    I want a Jeep. Always have. I will prob never go off roading in it, but ya never know. I want it cause i would look good in it. This one looks – gasp – comfortable and (expelitive deleted) fashionable. The jeepisti would be aghast at it AND me. And at people who use words like “aghast”

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    What’s wrong?

    (1) No pickup truck in that top photo.

    (2) Light-colored seats in an off-road vehicle? Urban poser stuff.

    (3) These things are still built by Chrysler, a firm stolen at gunpoint from its bondholders and given to Friends of the State. May it rot in hell.

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      Jeeps have had a light interior option for a long long time, my ’91 YJ had a light grey vinyl interior.

      I’m not sure what the material in the photos is, if it’s leather, or if it’s Vinyl. They are doing great stuff with Vinyl these days, it can be grained and colored and made to be almost as soft and pliable as leather. Good durable vinyl would be a nice choice for an upmarket Jeep.

      I’d love it if they found a way to make all of that fancy electronic stuff inside waterproof or at least water resistant.

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    So they upgraded the interior in the last car on the face of the earth that actually needs a nice interior? Mean while that Avenger I rented last month has…

    awww f* it.. I give up…

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      Don’t give up just yet. The Avenger is going to be updated soon with a new exterior, a new interior, and a new V6, maybe even a new DCT as well. So it may not be rental hell for you anymore, just rental purgatory, where you will at least have a chance to make up for past sins.

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    The new interior, while beautiful, is worse than the older one. This is moving it away from being a true all-weather off-roader, and pushing it more towards being a poseur vehicle more likely to see the outside of a mall after school than any situation that warrants four wheel drive. How is an LCD going to react to rain or being splashed with mud? How is that delicate sand-colored leather interior going to stand up to being covered in actual sand?

    If they wanted to do the platform justice, they would make this an option package and set a industrial-grade and waterproof plastic/metal interior as standard equipment.

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      That LCD is available in the current Wrangler, so it’s not like it’s something new. The interior color looks very similar to the camel tan color they used to offer on the 2002 and older Wranglers, and they seemed to hold up fine. I own an ’02 Wrangler with a tan interior, wheel it extensively in a variety of terrain and conditions and it still looks good if I remove the carpet, hose it dow (shampoo if needed) and put it back together.

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    Glad I snatched a 2010, because I hate a gated auto shifter. The locked one is much better. BTW, I bought an aftermarket indented dash center top cover (not installed it yet). Unlike the 2011 cover in the picture, it has a good backstop, win again. The only thing I like about these cars is the painted hardtop. I’m thinking about swapping out my own for a white one off a 2011 (depending on the cost – maybe I’ll find a crashed 2010 later).

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    It’s the same interior it had before with Chrysler’s new corporate steering wheel, switchgear and a dressier gauge cluster. Nowhere near the refresh the RWD cars and other products are getting.

    Small Jeeps have always had upgraded interior options as well, as far back as the CJ-7 Laredo and Golden Eagle under AMC, and should offer them. Nothing poseurish about that for those who want an all-weather convertible runabout or live in sun states but don’t want to stare and feel hard plastic everything.

    The revamp the Wrangler really needed (and isn’t getting right now) is the powertrain. The Pentastar V6 won’t be offered for another year or so. It’s also the biggest, heaviest Wrangler ever and really should be offered with a HEMI V8 option, as the older CJs were.

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      I agree with you mostly.

      The interior is still very similar to the way it was, just improved. Also, the Pentastar is what the Wrangler really needs, as the interior of the Wrangler is hardly what anybody writes home about.

      I would say, though, that the interior refresh is about as good as it should be. From what I’ve seen, a lot of Wrangler fans would get turned off if it were any nicer. I think in order to introduce something nicer Jeep really would have to bring back the Golden Eagle or something similar, because a lot of Rubicon buyers would not want to pay more for improved interior materials.

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    It looks great.

    To some of the critics:

    1. Having a nice interior does not necessarily make you a poser. The interior does not detract from the vehicles capabilities and I’m sure you can have it in “I’m a rugged no-nonsense outdoor guy” black or grey.

    2. Even with the current interior, there are an awful lot of Wranglers on the road that are used exclusively for posing.

    If you really want to do serious off-roading I recommend a used one.

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      Yeah, nobody but the most hardcore, rich off-roader is going to buy a $30,000 Wrangler for a trail toy. They go out and buy a $4000 beat old TJ.

      Personally, I think it’s fantastic. I have an ’00 TJ that I drive to work Monday to Friday and up the side of every mountain I can get to easily (And, in the Yukon, there’s a lot), and love the fact that I can clean it out with a powerwasher…on the weekends. But Monday to Friday, I have to drive it 20 minutes down the highway with a slighly torn, looser-then-an-old-hooker softtop, at gas that costs $4.25 a gallon. I love my Jeep, but that commute’s getting pretty old.

      Now, an Unlimited, with every bit of off-road prowess as my TJ, but with comfortable seats, less vibration, tolerable wind noise and all that other fun stuff? I’m sold! As soon as I can get one with a Pentastar or diesel, I’ll be buying THAT to drive to work every day.

      And the TJ, on the other hand, will have its tired old 4.0L strokerized, the axels replaced with Dana 44s, the dented and rusting quarter panels Highlined, the 32″s replaced with 35″s, ect…

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    The updates look great, a huge improvement.

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    So can you get a stripper model still. They can put in all the leather they can find in the top end models so long as I can get vinyl with a vinyl floor mat and a normal radio, even if I have to special order it after arguing with the salesperson that such a model is in fact built.

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    It looks nice enough, but I really dig the bokeh effect from the city lights!

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    Domestic Hearse

    I have issue with the matching-color, painted top.

    See, having an old YJ for years, I know what happens when you take the hardtop off in the spring. First, you and a couple friends, along with a 12 pack of beer, commence to unbolting the top from the window frame and rails. Then we drink some beer. Then I clear away a corner in the garage. While the friends drink more beer. All together then, we heave it off the Jeep and carry the top into the garage, where it’s stood on its end, slid backwards, and leaned against the wall. Drink some more beer. Lean some bikes up against it and squeeze the lawnmower alongside. Where it then sits, mostly stationary, but getting knocked by bikes and various yard and lawn tools all summer.

    But here’s the best part…the old, black, fiberglass, textured top would get some spiderwebs in it by winter — but it was tough and resisted scratches. Every few years though, you could tape it off and shoot it with flat-black Krylon. Good as new.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the painted hard-top isn’t going to stand up to this kind of treatment, and if removed, will need to be handled with kid gloves. Or left on, as I predict the case will be, in most instances.

    Furthermore, trailriding with that pretty top means you go through some low-hanging and tightly grown vegitation. Which reach out and down, scraping their twiggy little fingers along the top and sides. Doesn’t matter much on the old black fiberglass tops. But I’m gonna guess, these color-matched top owners won’t be doing much off-road hooning anyway.

    So, without further ado, I pronounce the painted, color-matched Wrangler top as Poser.

    As for the interior, whatever happened to the days you could pull your carpet, rinse in the driveway, then pull the drain plugs and squirt out the interior?

    The brand team at Chrysler/Jeep is losing the essence of what the Wrangler was/is. Sad.

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    In the second pic, above the rear view mirror, there’s the 7-bar/2 lamps logo.

    Is it a sticker,printed on the glass or just subliminal stuff?

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      Looking at the Autoblog pictures, it looks like it is screen printed onto the glass. This is nothing new, Ford’s been doing it for years on the F-150, and I’m sure other automakers have as well.

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    “(3) These things are still built by Chrysler, a firm stolen at gunpoint from its bondholders and given to Friends of the State. May it rot in hell.”


    Maybe the violent political animals and their UAW Parasites can use these at taxpayer-funded Black Lake.

    Remember…Safety First!

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    How will this stand up to being rained on after you leave it outside with the top off? If the answer is “not as well as the old one” it’s not an improvement.

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    Yeah…that interior really screams Jeep, if you ask me. If nothing else, it’s a good argument against the legalization of mind altering drugs. And it does beg the question, how did all those Jeepsters do, climbing rocks and everything, without an integral navigation system? And for all those years, too!

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    This would be a great interior for a Suburban soccer mom. This is an awful interior for taking out to the sand dunes in Florence, Oregon.

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    I’m not sure which is the sadder state of affairs:

    • The new Wrangler’s loss of the original CJ’s essence.

    • The fact that not enough people will buy a Jeep with the original CJ’s essence.

    At certain points over the last 30 years we’ve seen sales of Cadillacs, Lincolns and Chryslers fall, and we enthusiasts have complained that these makes have lost touch with modern-day luxury car buyers.

    Here we see a single product that sells very well – and supposedly very profitably – because it has changed to the demands of its buyers.

    Yes, I like the charm of a Jeep interior that can be hosed out, including the dash. But I also understand that Fiatsler needs to sell vehicles.

    Personally, I’m more disturbed by the new Grand Cherokee commercial that refers to the vehicle as a “car.”

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      “The new Wrangler’s loss of the original CJ’s essence”

      That comment is something I’ve never really agreed with and I think is more a comment on “oldtimers” opinions than on Jeep.
      Plus I’m guessing that the girls who drive the new Wrangler will be just as cute as the ones who have driven Jeeps in the past.

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      You’ve got to remember that the driving force behind a lot of these changes are safety-related changed mandated by the government, though. The Wrangler isn’t getting bigger because people necessarily want it (Stick a CJ-7, YJ or even a TJ next to a MB/GPW/CJ-2B and compare the size), it’s because the government is mandating bigger crumple zones and more air bags and all that wonderful stuff.

      And that’s not a bad thing-remember that they stopped selling surplus military Jeeps because too many people died in them?

      As for the more carlike interior, that has as much to do with cost/volume savings as anythings. Say, Chrysler builds one nav screen-they can save money on every screen if they put it in EVERY car, even the Wrangler. And 99% of Jeeps will never be cleaned out with a powerwasher either-even those of us who love the essence of Jeeps and take them off-road still generally have to drive them to work every day too. I love a stripped-out, metal-dashed Jeep too…but I wouldn’t want to drive one to work every day.

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    Who cares so long as it’s still hose-able.

    You know I’m still aliitle shocked that the Wrangler is the best selling non luxury SUV this month and year. I would’ve pegged the Grand Cherokee waaaayyy before the Wrangler.

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    I really doubt the person who drops this much coin on the high-end super-baller version is going to be the same person who leaves the car out in the rain on a frequent basis with the roof off. I doubt dealers are going to stock their floorplan with only the high-end version since they know there are two generalized types of Jeep buyers as well.

    There are quite a few Wrangler owners who just use it as a suburban tool-mobile who appreciate having something fun and different (since their disposable income is just that high). They baby their Wrangler more than some S-Class owners and take it off road maybe once a year. These buyers are not getting wasted while shoving their roof in a spidery corner or taking a hose to wash the inside of their car.

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    Can I get those door panels to fit inside my 2010 Wrangler? Otherwise they can keep it.

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    What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing. Nothing at all. Next!

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    Looks good.

    It’s probably made out of cheap, hard, one-step below Rubber-Maid in quality, craptastic plastic and it will probably scratch easily.

    But, hey! It’s a Jeep!

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    I would definitely consider a 4 door wrangler for my next hunting vehicle if they hadn’t dropped the old straight six. To me a jeep isn’t a jeep without that engine.

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