The Jeep Wrangler JK will soon be replaced by the all-new 2018 Wrangler JL, but that hasn’t stopped Fiat Chrysler from introducing a new limited-edition model of the aging off-roader before its more refined sucessor arrives.
The 2017 Wrangler Rubicon Recon limited-edition appears more aggressive and boasts better off-road capability than the standard Wrangler Rubicon, which was already the most capable Wrangler variant. The added off-road prowess comes thanks to a new front axle with strengthened tubes, heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers and enhanced off-road rock rails. Like standard Rubicons, the Recon also offers Jeep’s part-time four-wheel drive system with locking front and rear Dana 44 axles and a Rock-Trac two-speed transfer case. When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the trail-rated SUV has a crawl ratio of 73.1:1, making it easier for it to traverse rocks and obstacles.
Setting the Recon apart appearance-wise are 17-inch Granite Crystal painted aluminum wheels, 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, optional body-color fender flares, a dual-vented Power Dome hood, Rubicon decals, low gloss granite crystal exterior trim, a black grille, red front and rear tow hooks and black jeep badges with red outlining. Cabin occupants will be greeted with a variety of unique touches including black leather seats with ‘Rubicon’ logos, red accent stitching, red seatbelts, red door netting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. An eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a premium ‘Sunrider’ soft top, remote starter, automatic climate control, keyless entry, and power locks and windows comprise some of the standard features.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will be available in seven exterior colors when it arrives at dealers later this month: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi (pictured), Rhino and Granite Crystal. Prices will start at $39,145 for two-door models and $42,945 for four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions.