The current generation of Wrangler is on the way out, but Jeep says farewell with an even more hardcore off-roader.
Automakers often save the most hardcore versions of their enthusiast focused models for the end of the model’s run when only truly diehard fans are still paying rapt attention. It appears that Jeep is following that strategy for the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon that makes the already capable off-roader even better in rugged terrain. This burly model gives the current Wrangler a last hurrah before the next generation debuts next year.
The Recon Edition adds additional hardcore parts to the already off-road oriented Wrangler Rubicon. The upgraded front axle has strong tubes and forged ends. It also packs heavy-duty cast covers for the front and rear differential. Shorter rock rails let buyers fit up to 35-inch tires underneath the machine.
Aesthetically, the Recon Edition is evident by its low-gloss black grille with Granite Crystal inserts and matching headlight rights. The satin-finish paint also covers the bumpers, which have removable end caps, and Jeep badge. Red tow hooks provide an extra pop of color. The meaner Wrangler rides on a half-inch suspension lift and 17-inch Granite Crystal-painted wheels with 32-inch BF Goodrich tires. For a more aggressive style, buyers can spec an optional dual-vented hood with a black-outlined “Rubicon” decal on both sides. Body-color fender flares are available, too.
The powertrain comes from the standard Rubicon with a 3.6-liter V6 and standard six-speed manual. A five-speed automatic is available as an option. Electronic-locking front and rear differentials and a transfer case with 4:1 gearing make rock crawling much easier.
The Recon’s interior comes standard with the generally optional black leather heated seats, and the cabin is more colorful thanks to red seatbelts with matching storage netting, switches, and Jeep logo in the floor mats. The off-roaders should a lot of use from the information screen in the gauge cluster because there are additional displays for oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, and individual tire pressures
The Rubicon Recon is available on the two-door Wrangler for $39,145 and Wrangler Unlimited four-door for $42,945. The first examples arrive in dealers in late February 2017. The latest rumors suggest the 2018 Wrangler might debut in November and go on sale in early 2019.
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New 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Recon: Even More Off-road Capability
Increased 4x4 capability and protection from the most rugged terrain, courtesy of a front axle upgrade, enhanced off-road rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers
New 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels, optional body color fender flares and unique red interior accents
Available in Jeep® showrooms later this month
February 6, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Already the most capable production vehicle in the world, Jeep® Wrangler is about to deliver even more capability – specifically more protection from the most severe, rugged off-road terrain – with the addition of the new Wrangler Rubicon Recon. Improved off-road prowess is a result of a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers.
“With an array of beefed up off-road components, the new Rubicon Recon provides even more legendary Jeep Wrangler capability,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “With unmatched capability and a unique appearance, Rubicon Recon is the perfect Wrangler for our most loyal, diehard off-road enthusiasts who love to tackle the most demanding trails.”
The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition arrives in showrooms later this month at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $39,145 for the two-door model and $42,945 for the Wrangler Unlimited (four-door) model.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition
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. It 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 six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1 that makes climbing obstacles easy.
Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is offered in seven colors: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal.
Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition 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 tires, optional body-color 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, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon 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 armrest and console lid with black stitching, red accent netting on front and rear door pockets and the center console, and red accent-colored seatbelts help to distinguish the Rubicon Recon from the rest of the Wrangler lineup. A dashboard plaque displays information regarding the front and rear axles, front sway bar, transfer case and tires. A Premium Sunrider soft top is standard while a body-color hard top is also available.
A unique gauge cluster features exclusive styling and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with added read-outs, such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire 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. Jeep’s Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, Satellite Radio, remote starter and auto temperature control are also standard.
The iconic 2017 Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – features a standard eight-speaker audio system and an optional Premium Alpine Audio Package that includes nine Alpine speakers, a subwoofer and a 552-watt amplifier. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler delivers unmatched off-road capability with legendary four-wheel drive and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, live axles, electronic lockers and is one of the few mid-size SUVs that offer a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to its five-speed automatic.
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