The addition of a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails, and heavy-duty cast differential covers is giving the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon increased protection from rugged off-road terrain. The vehicle will be available at showrooms later this month with a MSRP of $39,145 for the two-door model and $42,945 for the Wrangler Unlimited (four-door) version.
The vehicle is equipped with Wrangler’s part-time four wheel-drive system and electronic-locking front and read Dana 44 axles complemented by a Rock-Trac transfer case. A six-speed manual transmission gives the Wrangler Rubicon Recon a crawl ratio of 73:1:1.
“With an array of beefed up off-road components, the new Rubicon Recon provides even more legendary Jeep Wrangler capability,” says Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand for 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 Wrangler Rubicon Recon has several other distinctive features, 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. The low gloss black grille, granite crystal inserts, headlamp rings, and odd-road bumpers are meant to give the model a “toughened” look.
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 it from the rest of the Wrangler lineup.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon is available in black, bright white, billet silver, firecracker red, gobi, rhino, and granite crystal.