First Look At New 2020 Jeep Wrangler Recon Edition

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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