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Meet the Rubicon Recon

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will increase its off-road powers with a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails, and heavy-duty cast differential covers. Starting at US$39,145 for the two-door and $42,945 for the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Recon also includes the Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, satellite radio, remote starter, and auto temperature control.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The front axle has strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings; the rock rails were shortened to deal with 35-inch tires. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1. Paints are black, white, silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino, and Granite Crystal (gray).

Other features are a half-inch lift, 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels 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 looks are also set off by a low-gloss black grille with low-gloss gray inserts and headlamp rings; low-gloss black off-road bumpers; and a red-based Jeep badge. The steel front bumper is winch-capable, with removable end caps to reduce damage on the trail. Red tow hooks were placed in front and back.

The interior has eight-speaker audio, black leather heated seats,  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.

A dashboard plaque displays information regarding the front and rear axles, front sway bar, transfer case and tires. The gauge cluster has a premium information center. The company throws in all-weather slush mats and red-accented axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches. The package is available in the US and Canada and may be sold elsewhere as well.

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