Fuel efficiency? Nah. That’s not what you buy a Wrangler for. Off-roading? Yes, please.
For 2017 things are looking even better in that department. Jeep’s new special edition Wrangler Rubicon Recon is more than ever ready to take on the outback with a stronger off-roading specific build. Jeep’s basically beefed up the front axle, added a half-inch suspension and made room for bigger tires.
The suspension makes the Recon taller by half an inch. Along with the height comes a tougher front axle with stronger tubes. The end forgings, cast front and rear differential are more durable. The rock sliders, aka the protective strips running the bottom sides, are shorter because the fenders are bigger. That’s so they can accommodate up to 35-inch tires. (Note: it comes standard with 32-inch BF Goodrich off-roaders.)
The Recon Edition comes with unique 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels. If you want you can get the fenders done to match the body color. Low gloss black finishes out the exterior on the grille, bumpers, and badges.
As you’d expect, it’s equipped with Wrangler’s part-time four-wheel-drive system. It features electronic-locking front and rear axles, a Rock-Trac power transfer case, and locking differentials. Six-speed manual transmission comes standard. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available.
Inside, the floors are ready for whatever with all-weather slush mats featuring red Jeep logos. The axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switch are also red. The seats are ‘Rubicon’ embroidered black leather. There’s a matching leather steering wheel.
More good news. No need to wait long to set off on your next great Jeep adventure. The Recon arrives this month. It starts at $34,145 and $42,945 for the two- and four-door respectively.
We do want to note that Jeep will introduce the next-generation Wrangler later this year.