Jeep Adds Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition to Lineup

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North America’s favorite mall-crawler is getting some upgrades, with the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition set to hit showrooms later this month.

The Rubicon Recon Edition rides half-an-inch taller than the standard Wrangler Rubicon, and features a beefier front axle and rock sliders that have been shortened to accommodate tires as big as 35 inches. In a disappointing twist, the top-of-the-range Wrangler only comes fitted with 32-inch BF Goodrich rubber from the factory.

The front axle, a locking Dana-44 unit to match the one around back, features strengthened tubes and end forgings, while both axles get cast differential covers. Like the rest of the Rubicon pack, the Recon Edition’s front and rear axles feature differentials that lock electronically.

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Available in seven colors, the Rubicon Recon Edition is fitted with a bunch of gloss black exterior accents, including the grilled and bumpers, the front of which is prepped to be fitted with a winch. It can also be fitted with body-color fender flares and a vented hood.

Inside, the Recon Edition gets a unique gauge cluster with a unique info screen that includes additional data points like oil pressure, individual tire pressure, and transmission and coolant temperature. It also comes with a standard eight-speaker stereo, heated seats finished in black leather upholstery, and tons of red interior accents, including the axle locker and swaybar disconnect switches.

The Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition will be stickered at $39,145 ($47,040 in Canada) for a two-door version and $42,945 ($49,440 in Canada) for a family-hauling four-door when it goes on sale later this month.

  • Lush Rimbaugh

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. This doesn’t do anything for me, at all.

  • Gort

    It’s just another special edition I suppose. I still get a ribbing about the Call of Duty Black Ops I bought in 2011.
    Never played the game but I got a great deal.

  • 61manres

    So a strengthened axle, more guages, winch bumper,,shortened rock rails and some luxury & cosmetic features. So is it the same front axle as in the other rubies just strengthened, is it the same featherweight bumper with just set up for a winch? Does the 1/2″ taller and shorter rails mean it will take 35’s as is or do you still need different fenders and a lift to keep from rubbing?

  • fishydude

    All of the Rubicons have a D44 front and rear. Thus has it been since the first TJ Rubicon.
    Strengthened tube is good though if that is the upgrade.
    But body color fender flares is a waste. The fender flares are taken off by most people who intend to use it off road and replaced with sturdy high clearance flares.
    A factory engine to gas tank flat surface skid plate might be a good option. But they are easy to find after market and easy to install. Helps aerodynamics too.

  • fishydude

    But not as much as those driving the Tomb Raider Rubicon or the Jurassic Park edition 😀

  • SYO

    Yes, body colored flares are more to scratch, but I’d say most new Rubicon’s end up garage and/or street queens, which is understandable with a brand new $45k vehicle as I too wouldn’t go beat on it. It’s more then likely the second owner that will take the flares off. 🙂

  • Carl

    Disappointing in Jeep with these graphics packages. If going to use the Recon name then give respect to the Recon Soldiers by actually offering a package that is more than graphics and a tire size change.

  • fishydude

    I took mine off road at Uwharrie before I had it a week. New 2010 4 door Rubicon. Took all the plastic off and out Poison Spyder metal on.
    By the time I was done it was about 700 pounds heavier and sitting up on 37″ TRXUS MT.
    Had a blast with it.

  • SYO

    I bet so! Sounds awesome.

  • Nicholas Costalas

    I think it’s cool. It’s you have 50k to slam against rocks brand new it’s cool. it’ll be cool in parking lots, and it’ll be cool on the beach and 10 years from now, when it still have 85% of its value b/c it’s never been slammed against rocks, somebody will spend 30k on it, 10k more in upgrades and slam it against rocks. it’s a Jeep. It’s awesome.

  • shadowrider

    I still prefery 1981 CJ5! That’s a classic look in areal classic! Riding on 35’s no problem, plenty of power and a big set of balls!!!

  • fishydude

    Much easier working on the new 2010 than it was my 93 YJ. 😀
    One quickly learns that the Jeep Owners Moto is “Equipment Failure Is An Excuse For Upgrade.”

  • smartacusⓊ

    i’d hate to take it out of the garage at that price.

  • Gary Bowen

    i own a 2012 MW3 and it still standing tall nnd looking good! just wish I had the more comfortable updated seats is all. 2 door version.

  • Gregory Silver

    1/2″ taller will not clear 35’s when rock krawling… i have 3.5″ lift with 35 inch tiresband still rub my stock fenders… definately you will need fenders and probably a lift….