Marcus De Guzman / Jeep | February 08, 2017 07:41
Jeep upgrades the Wrangler's off-road capability in new Rubicon Recon
2017 may mark the last year of the current JK Wrangler, but Jeep made sure it received something special. Making its world debut is the Wrangler Rubicon Recon which gets an uprated suspension system, as well as several exterior and interior add-ons.
As the name implies, the special edition 4x4 is based off the Rubicon model. It gets a beefed up front axle that is made from strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings. Also installed are heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers and enhanced off-road rock rails that can support 35-inch tires.
Ever present are the rear Dana 44 axles and the part-time four-wheel-drive system with electronic locking front differenital and a 4:1 4-Low setting.
In standard trim, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon will come with the following: half-inch lift kit, new 17-inch low gloss Granite Crystal painted aluminum wheels, 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, dual-vented power dome hood and optional body color fender flares.
Hues of Low Gloss Black also make their way on the Wrangler's front grill, headlight rings, and front and rear bumpers. Jeep also added that the front steel bumper has a winch-capable design and can easily be removed when the going gets tough in the trails. Completing it all are the red-colored tow hooks which help differentiate it from the rest.
Inside, the special edition Wrangler gets leather on its heated seats and steering wheel, eight-speaker audio system and red accent stitching all around. A Premium Sunrider soft top comes as standard while a body-color hardtop is also available.
The instrument panel was also revamped and now features a new multi-info display that can monitor the following: oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speedometer and individual tire pressure monitoring.
Powering the Rubicon Recon is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which produces 290 PS and 355 Nm of torque. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard but can be specified with the 5-speed automatic gearbox.
"With an array of beefed up off-road components, the new Rubicon Recon provides even more legendary Jeep Wrangler capability. 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," said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand - FCA Global.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will arrive at U.S. dealerships at a later date this month and will be available in Limited and Unilimited body styles.