First Look: 2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave

The Chrysler Group has been methodically going down its list of brands and models, and steadily improving each of them. The latest model to get some love is the Wrangler, the brand's undisputed image leader and purest expression of its off-road ethos.

Introduced in 2007 and treated to a comprehensive interior revamp at the beginning of the 2011 model year, Jeep is now showing off the Mojave trim level of the brand's spiritual leader, the third-generation JK Wrangler. The package is a combination of some of the most popular features of the other trim levels for the Wrangler, including the side steps from the Sahara trim, and the wheels and tires from the legendary and beloved Rubicon model.

The icing on the cake is a unique graphics package consisting of lizard decals and fender graphics. To add some flair to the interior, the lizard graphic is embossed on the front seats. Beefing up the exterior is a black fuel-filler door and taillight guards. The Mojave trim package will be available on both the standard Wrangler and the four-door Unlimited starting in June.

Unfortunately, there's nothing new to report in the way of mechanical upgrades. The Mojave soldiers on with the 3.8-liter pushrod V-6 and six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It's widely expected that the company's new 3.6 liter Pentastar DOHC 24-valve V-6 will appear for the 2012 model year with significantly improved power and fuel economy over the current powertrain.

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