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Jeep offers range-topping Rubicon Recon Edition to end current JK line
While Jeep gets ready to unveil their all-new Wrangler family by the end of 2017, the American auto maker has given the current JK chassis a special Trail Rated edition with a host of additional equipment. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition goes on sale this month sporting aesthetic tweaks and beefing up off-road capability for hardcore enthusiasts.
The special edition 4x4, based on the Wrangler Rubicon, receives toughened upgrades to protect and better itself at Jeep’s pastime: go off the beaten path. The Recon Edition gets a beefier front axle constructed from strengthened tubes with heavy-duty end forgings, as well as heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers. Improved off-road rock rails were shortened to accommodate 35-inch tires.
The Rubicon Recon Edition is equipped with Dana 44 front and rear axles which Jeep’s part-time 4WD system can electronically lock. Power is sent through the Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4:1 4-Low ratio and Try-Lok locking differentials come standard. An impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1 is achieved with the six-speed manual transmission, and a half-inch lift readies the Recon for demanding trails. A steel, winch-capable front bumper with removable end caps afford protection and preparedness.
To express its uniqueness, the Recon Edition gets model-specific graphics on the dual-vented Power Dome hood, a black grille, and 17-inch aluminum wheels painted Granite Crystal and donning 32-inch BF Goodrich KM rugged tires. In true Jeep fashion, low gloss black hues accentuate the vehicle’s inherent robustness but the Recon Edition gets a pinch of red accents such as its tow hooks. Body-color fender flares come optional. While a Premium Sunrider soft top is standard on the Recon, a body-color hardtop is also available.
Subtle pops of the color red are carried over into the interior, upholstery stitching, and seatbelts while the heated seats and steering wheel come in leather. The Jeep comes with an eight-speaker audio system and Jeep’s Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, satellite radio, and remote starter. The revamped instrument panel features unique gauges and a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center display that monitors and provides read-outs of handy data like oil and individual tire pressures as well as transmission and coolant temperatures.