The popular Wrangler utility Jeep adds a modded Rubicon Recon to its off-road arsenal. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon features 17-inch Gloss Granite Crystal aluminum wheels with 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires and a more robust chassis and suspension system. 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.”
Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is offered in seven colors: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal. A Premium Sunrider soft top is standard while a body-color hard top is also available. Headlamp rings and a low gloss black grille with granite crystal add a touch of style to this rugged truck with familiar body-on frame design.
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.
The most important modifications help the Rubicon Recon maintain stability in more rugged off-road terrain, plus climb and maneuver with precision. Front axle upgrades boast strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings. Heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers aid resilience and enhanced off-road rock rails are shortened to accommodate up to 35-inch tires.
The Rubicon Recon is equipped with a part-time four-wheel drive system with 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.
The Wrangler Rubicon Recon comes standard with black leather heated seats with a “Rubicon” embroidered logo and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching. The Recon’s interior flair is set off with black vinyl wrapped front door armrests, red accent netting on front and rear door pockets, red accent-colored seatbelts and the center console lid with black stitching. The passenger grab handle features Midnight Star Black accents that are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls.
The Recon’s gauge cluster features a digital Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) that display important stats like oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire pressure.
Interior design touches also 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. An eight-speaker audio system is standard as well.
The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is on sale now with an MSRP of $39,145 for the two-door model and $42,945 for the Wrangler Unlimited (four-door) model.
– 2/6/2016, FCA USA