Already named Canada’s most capable SUV, Jeep Wrangler is about to deliver even more capability – specifically more protection from the most severe, rugged off-road terrain – with addition of the new Wrangler Rubicon Recon.
Improved off-road prowess is a result of a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers.
The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition arrives in showrooms later this month at a Canadian starting price of $47,040 for the two-door model and $49,440 for the Wrangler Unlimited (four-door) model.
Based on the Wrangler Rubicon model, the Rubicon Recon Edition ups the off-road ante with a front axle upgrade that features strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings, heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers and enhanced off-road rock rails that are shortened to accommodate up to 35-inch tires.
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It is equipped with Wrangler’s part-time shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system that has 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.
Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is offered in seven colours: Black, Bright White, Billet Metallic, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal Metallic.
A unique gauge cluster features exclusive styling and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) with added read-outs such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire pressure, which are helpful when out on the trail.
The passenger grab handle features Midnight Star Black accents that are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls.
Final design touches include all-weather slush mats with a red accent “Jeep” logo and red accented axle locker and sway bar disconnect switches.
The Jeep Wrangler’s Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year subscription, remote start, and automatic temperature control are also standard.