Already the most capable production vehicle in the world, Jeep’s Wrangler now delivers even more capability – specifically more protection from the most severe, rugged off-road terrain – with the addition of the new Wrangler Rubicon Recon.
Its improved off-road prowess is the result of a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers.
Based on the Wrangler Rubicon model, the Rubicon Recon Edition ups the off-road ante with a front axle upgrade that features strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings, heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers, and enhanced off-road rock rails that are shortened to accommodate up to 35-inch tires.
The vehicle is equipped with Wrangler’s part-time four-wheel-drive system that has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, with power being sent to each through a Rock-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard, as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.
With a 6-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1 that makes climbing obstacles easy. A 5-speed automatic transmission is also available.
The Wrangler Rubicon Recon has many different features that make it distinctive, including a half-inch lift, new 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tyres, optional body-colour fender flares and a dual-vented Power Dome hood with a black-silhouette “Rubicon” decal on both sides.
A Low Gloss Black grille with Low Gloss Granite Crystal inserts and headlamp rings, Low Gloss Black off-road bumpers and Jeep badge with a red base give the Wrangler Rubicon Recon a toughened exterior look.
The steel front bumper features a winch-capable design and removable end caps that help the Wrangler Rubicon Recon climb obstacles without any issues and reduce damage on the trail. Red tow hooks in front and back also provide the Rubicon Recon with added protection and help separate it from the rest of the Wrangler lineup.
Inside, this Jeep comes standard with an eight-speaker audio system, black leather heated seats with a “Rubicon” embroidered logo and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching. Black vinyl-wrapped front door armrests and console lid with black stitching, red accent netting on front and rear door pockets and the centre console, and red accent-coloured seatbelts help to distinguish the Rubicon Recon from its Wrangler brothers in arms.
A dashboard plaque displays information regarding the front and rear axles, front sway bar, transfer case and tyres. A Premium Sunrider soft-top is standard, while a body-colour hard-top is also available.
The unique gauge cluster features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) with added read-outs such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tyre pressure, which are helpful when out on the trail. The passenger grab handle features Midnight Star Black accents that are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls.
Final design touches include all-weather slush mats with a red accent “Jeep” logo and red-accented axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches.
The Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is offered in seven colours: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal.
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