Jeep Wrangler takes off-roading to new level

Rubicon Recon Edition beefs up off-roading components, adds unique cues

Published: February 6, 2017, 4:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:19 PM

2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited Recon Edition

Already widely regarded as probably the most capable mass-produced off-road vehicle on the planet, the Jeep Wrangler takes it one step beyond with the Rubicon Recon Edition.

“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 for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). “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.”

As evident from the name the Wrangler Rubicon Recon is based on the Wrangler Rubicon, with additions to make it more capable and rugged. Among the enhancements are a half-inch lift, front axle upgraded with strengthened tubes and heavy duty end forgings, enhanced rock rails that are shorter to accommodate up to 35-inch off-road wheels, and heavy duty cast differential covers front and rear.

Jeep’s part-time 4-wheel drive system has electronic locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, with power sent to each by a Rock-Trac transfer case. The front and rear axle ratio is 4.10, and combined with the 4-Lo ratio of 4:1, it grants the Rubicon Recon a crawl ratio of 73.1:1 (when equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission).

And to make it a looker on the trails, it’s fitted with new 17-inch low gloss Granite Crystal painted aluminum wheels (shod with standard 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires), snug under available body-colour fender flares. It comes in seven colours — black, bright white, Billet silver, Firecracker red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal.

Exterior cues include dual-vented power dome hood with black silhouette Rubicon decals, low-gloss black grille with low-gloss Granite Crystal insert and headlamp rings, low-gloss black off-road bumpers (the front ready to accept a winch and with removable end caps for improved climbing ability), and a red based Jeep badge.

The red accents are followed through with red tow-hooks front and rear, red shadowing on the Rubicon hood graphics and red accents in the cabin.

The interior features an 8-speaker audio system, black leather seats (heated in front, with red embroidered Rubicon script), leather wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, and an instrument panel plaque displaying information about the axles, front sway bar, transfer case and tires.

The top is a Premium Sunrider soft unit, with a body-colour hardtop optional.

Available in 2-door and Unlimited 4-door bodystyles, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition will be in showrooms later in February.