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you can now order the 2012 Wrangler with a body color hardtop and fender flares
Rest easy, hard-core Jeep faithful, the Wrangler looks exactly the same as last year’s model
seven-slot grille and round headlights
the interior is finally as it should be
It's the interior of the Jeep Wrangler that's seen the biggest changes with the passing years, and that's a good thing. The Wrangler has changed quite significantly in recent model years, with the drab, hard-plastic dashboard and trim of a few years ago now history, and instrument panels and door panels now nicely contoured. Trims have also been freshened and given a bezeled or machined look, and the look and feel is way more sophisticated while keeping the brief, upright, and businesslike look of the dash. Elbow rests and other areas have soft-touch padding, while there's new interior courtesy lighting underneath the instrument panel and in the cupholder areas.
From the outside, you still won't mistake a Jeep Wrangler for anything else–it wears a unique, rugged, iconic look that has heritage extending all the way back to the original Willys Jeep, and there's just nothing else that looks like it on the road today.
In this case, very little has changed about the Wrangler over the years. Its trapezoidal wheel flares, flat sides and seven-slot grille all remind us that this Jeep was originally designed in an era where sheet metal was harder to sculpt–and perhaps easier to pound back into its original shape. Meanwhile, many of its current design features are just about as old as the original model–just look at its removable doors, external door hinges, and fold-down windshield. The Wrangler is ripe with military heritage and go-anywhere parentage.
An iconic shape keeps the Jeep Wrangler contemporary, no matter which year it is.