New design flourishes, beadlock-capable wheels, a tool kit, and more are included.
At the 2023 Chicago Auto Show, Jeep has unveiled two new special editions built to celebrate 20 years of the Wrangler Rubicon nameplate, and their powertrains are almost polar opposites. One is based on the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe, which is a hybrid, and the other is based on the Wrangler Rubicon 392, which has a V8.
Many of the features and accessories of the special editions are shared, but the 392 model gets the exclusive addition of a Mopar-designed, factory-installed, onboard air compressor, marking the first time ever that such a thing has been available on a Wrangler model of any sort.
But what else can we look forward to?
Let's start with the hybrid version. This gets a revised version of Jeep's trademark seven-slot grille, a 20th Anniversary swing gate plaque and decals, and a 20th Anniversary shifter medallion. Unique red-and-black leather seats and a red leather-wrapped instrument panel bolster spice up the cabin, which also features auxiliary switches and all-weather slush mats.
But now for the meat and potatoes: a half-inch suspension lift increases water fording ability by half an inch and ground clearance by 0.4 inches for new totals of 32 and 11.2 inches, respectively. As one of the "most capable Wranglers yet," you also get a triple hoop grille guard and steel bumpers that can accommodate a winch, and 17x7.5-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Bigger rubber is also available, but more on that later. The 4xe also gets an 83-piece tool kit in a canvas bag, an integrated off-road camera on the front end, heavy-duty rock sliders made of steel, and a Gorilla glass windshield.
The V8 version is very similar, but as the quickest, fastest, and most powerful Wrangler, Jeep decided to give it some extra ability. It's based on the regular 392 and features all the additions of the abovementioned 4xe special edition, but with some enhancements. For example, the beadlock-capable wheels here are half an inch wider at 17x8 inches and are wrapped in the same sort of tire as on the 4xe but measuring 35 inches. You also get a 4.56 rear axle ratio and wheel flare extensions, while Mopar provides a hinge gate reinforcement, a tire relocation kit, and a jack spacer. The half-inch suspension lift also makes a bigger difference here, increasing water fording ability by 0.9 inches (to 34.5 inches) and ground clearance by half an inch (to 11.6 inches). The aforementioned air compressor is also unique.
To help set the two apart better, the 4xe gets its 20th Anniversary decals in Electric Blue, while the 392's are Bronze.
Both models are available in a choice of nine exterior colors: Earl, Firecracker Red, Punk'n, Hydro Blue, Sarge Green, Silver Zynith, Sting Gray, Black, and Bright White. If you opt for the 392, a tenth option becomes available: Granite Crystal.
While we're on the subject of options, 150 exclusively equipped variants of these special editions will become 20th Anniversary Level II models, with special attention from American Expedition Vehicles. These will be further enhanced by 37-inch tires of the same sort as the existing BFGs on the Anniversary models, as well as AEV 17-inch Savegre II wheels, a Warn VR EVO 10-S winch, and AEV 2.5-inch Dual Sport RT suspension with Bilstein 5100 shock absorbers.
These upfitted models also get AEV's 7000 Series off-road lights, EX front bumper, rear bumper, front skid plate, tire carrier, off-road jack base, ProCal SNAP module, vehicle build plaque, and steering damper. The 4xe will also get the 392's 4.56 axle ratio, and both variants feature Mopar performance wipers with integrated washer jets.
These enhancements give the Wrangler 14.2 inches of ground clearance and 37.1 inches of water fording ability. The new approach, breakover, and departure angles are 50, 33, and 43 degrees, respectively.
As for pricing, the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary starts at a base MSRP of $69,585, and the 392 20th Anniversary starts at $90,895 (both prices excluding destination at $1,795). Add AEV's first-come, first-serve special upfit, and the 4xe's base price swells by $21,983, while the V8 model's price increases by $20,135, excluding an "upfit logistics charge" of $995. Ouch.
Production will get underway at the Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex sometime this quarter, with dealership arrivals in Q2.
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