A new package is coming
The Ford Bronco has received plenty of attention from off-roading enthusiasts lately for things such as the Sasquatch package that comes complete with 35-inch tires. Wrangler fans have only been able to watch from the sidelines, hoping that Jeep has a response coming. And here it is.
Mopar Insiders claims the 2022 Wrangler will have a new 35-inch tire option for the Trail-rated Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Those tires are reported to be a set of BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02, the same type found on the standard 33-inch Rubicon factory-equipped setup. Mopar-sourced 17-inch Beadlocks will be at least one of the wheel offerings.
Chances are this wheel and tire package will be exclusive to the Rubicon but we wouldn't rule out the possibility it'll be made available to additional variants at some point, such as the 4xe hybrid and 392. Jeep's response to the Sasquatch package, though very much welcomed by the brand faithful, will be outdone yet again by Ford once the Bronco Raptor debuts.
Reports indicate it'll come standard with 37-inch tires along with upgraded shocks, suspension, and exterior components. Jeep may, once again, have no choice but to respond somehow. Technically and mechanically it shouldn't be a problem.
For years, Jeep has owned the off-road, tough-as-nails SUV market with the Wrangler and the Bronco presents a very significant problem. It's clear Ford did its homework by analyzing the Wrangler inside and out. The current JL generation Wrangler entered series production in 2017 for the 2018 model year. A mid-life refresh will have to happen sooner than Jeep might have planned.
In any case, this new off-road wheel and tire package should be announced fairly soon and we can't wait for the head-to-head battle between the ultimate off-road-ready Wrangler and Bronco.