The ultimate off-roader gets manly mud-terrain tires and bold styling tweaks.
Unlike some crossovers that claim to be able to head off-road but are really more comfortable with dropping the kids off at school, the tough, body-on-frame Jeep Wrangler is the real deal. Now, as revealed by JL Wrangler Forums, there's a special Recon Edition that builds upon the off-road-focused Rubicon trim to offer even more style and capability. Along with the Wrangler's eagerness to get dirty, it's the off-roader's classic shape that so many buyers love, and the new edition is even more eye-catching.
The Recon is easy to notice from the outside thanks to features like LED lighting, a matte black hood decal, a Recon fender hard badge, new wheels with a black finish, Moab rock rails, and front and rear steel bumpers. There's also a bumper hoop along with a gloss black grille body, body color surrounds, Rubicon Gray grille throats, and different headlamp inserts. Yes, most of the changes are purely cosmetic, but that's half the appeal of a Jeep and follows on from many other special editions of the Wrangler such as the Jeep Wrangler Freedom.
The interior enhancements are less comprehensive with changes like red seat belts and PUR-wrapped mid-bolsters with red stitching. The standard Rubicon already gets hardware upgrades like heavy-duty axles and electronic front/rear lockable differentials, making it the top choice in the range for more serious off-roading. Other add-ons for the Recon include 33-inch mud terrain tires and a Jeep trail bag. Both the reflector headlamps and the taillamps feature LEDs.
While the regular Wrangler Rubicon uses a 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 hp and 35 extra lb-ft of torque is available, and it's this turbo four-pot that the Recon Edition gets by default. At $2,755 more than the regular Rubicon, the four-door Recon Edition would top out at $45,075. It's a lot to pay for an SUV that lags behind rivals like the Toyota 4Runner in terms of safety standards, refinement, and comfort - this Jeep remains a noisy, rough daily driver.
But, if you get a kick out of climbing boulders and traversing challenging terrain far away from traffic lights and congested parking lots - and you want to look cool while doing it - the Wrangler Recon Edition could be for you.