Jeep’s Wrangler SUV, with a transfer case and solid axles front and rear, has always been more of an off-roader than today’s crop of soft-roaders. The 2011 Wrangler, however, gives the driver and passengers a seriously upgraded interior, as well as optional color-matched hardtops, adding refinement and comfort to the Wrangler’s storied off-road capability.
“The iconic Jeep Wrangler keeps getting better,” said Jeep president and CEO Mike Manley. “While retaining unmatched, legendary capability, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler boasts an all-new interior that delivers a host of comfort, convenience, and versatility features.”
Chrysler Group and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne promised to deliver 16 new or significantly upgraded Chrysler models by the end of 2011, and the 2011 Wrangler certainly fits the bill. The revised Wrangler features a vastly superior interior to the outgoing 2010 models, as well as a redesigned instrument panel and center console. Given the Wrangler’s off-road intentions, previous interior quality was passable, but the changes make the Wrangler’s cabin a nice place to spend time.
Hard plastics abound in the current Wrangler’s cabin, but soft-touch materials cover the instrument panel, door panels, and center console of the 2011 Wrangler. The materials also make the interior in the legendary off-roader look rather luxurious.
In addition to upgraded materials, the whole instrument panel has been redesigned. The center console features improved ergonomics and a new lockable glovebox. Jeep also swapped out steering wheels, opting for a redesigned unit with integrated vehicle function buttons. The driver can now control the radio, cruise control, and a Bluetooth-connected phone, along with various other functions, hands-free. Jeep also added several 12-volt accessory outlets as well as a standard 110-volt AC outlet.
The big news for the 2011 Wrangler may be its upgraded interior, but the exterior hasn’t been left alone. Enhancements are limited to five new color choices and a body-color hard top, which gives the Wrangler a more upscale appearance to complement the new interior.
Production of the 2011 Wrangler commenced earlier this week at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio, assembly plant. Expect deliveries to begin later this fall.