A report in the Toledo Blade says the 2012 Wrangler will be powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6. A 5 speed automatic transmission will be available. The six speed manual will continue to be the base transmission.
Why the excitement? The 3.8L V6 under the hood of the 2011 Wrangler produces 202 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. The Pentastar V6 is rated to produce 290 horsepower and 260 pound feet.
According to Allpar.com, the Wrangler's EPA fuel economy ratings for 2012 are improved by the new V6 and 5 speed. The 2011 Wrangler with automatic was rated to deliver 15 mpg city, 19 highway. For 2012, the EPA says 16 mpg city, 23 highway.
Jeeps in Europe come with a new 2.8L diesel and 5 speed automatic transmission that produce 300 pound feet of torque and get 35 mpg. Just sayin'.