Whoa, now this is how you put a decent off-roader together. Jeep has announced it’s latest special edition, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon.
No girly tin foil bash plates or stupidly designed side steps on this number. It even comes with bar work and decent off-road rubber – you know – all of the gear we are so used to spending thousands of dollars adding or replacing on the average new 4X4 in Australia.
Based on the Wrangler Rubicon, which is already a well specced off-roader, the Recon Edition gets a stronger front axle, beefed up rock sliders and heavy-duty cast differential covers for the Dana diffs.
The front axle upgrade features strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings making it capable, according to Jeep, of tackling the most demanding trails.
“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.”
It’s all set for new owners to bolt on some serious tyres as well; those new rock sliders have been shortened to allow easy fitment of 35″ rubber.
The Recon Edition uses the Wrangler Rubicon’s part-time four-wheel-drive system with its Tru-Lok electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles. Torque is pushed to each diff via a Rock-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has a crawl ratio of 73.1:1. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available.
Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is offered in seven colors: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal.
In addition to the drive-train bullet-proofing, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition gets a half-inch (25mm) suspension lift, 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 32″ BF Goodrich KM off-road tyres. Body-colour flares and a dual-vented Power Dome hood with a black-silhouette “Rubicon” decal on both sides can be optioned.
Other styling items include a Low Gloss Black grille with Low Gloss Granite Crystal inserts and headlamp rings, Low Gloss Black off-road bumpers and a Jeep badge with a red base.
The steel front bumper is a winch-capable design and features removable end caps to reduce off-road damage. Red tow hooks are fitted to the front and rear.
On the inside, there’s 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-coloured seat-belts. 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-color hard top is also available.
The gauge cluster is unique to the Recon and includes a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with added read-outs, such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tyre pressures.
Other 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 new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition arrives in US 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.
FCA Australia has confirmed that there are no plans to bring this model to Australia.