First-ever Wrangler with 35-inch tires straight from the factory.
The current-generation Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon is arguably the most capable standard off-roader you can buy in the USA.
Land Rover's Defender makes a sterling case for itself and comes close to claiming the Wrangler's crown. In response, Jeep is introducing the Xtreme Recon Package, once again elevating the Wrangler far above its rivals. That's what Jeep has been teasing all along in its series of cryptic social media posts.
To put the Xtreme Recon Package in context, we first need to look at the standard Rubicon's features. It has an off-road driving mode, rock rails, 33-inch tires, high-clearance fender flares, and Dana 44 heavy-duty axles front and rear. Both axles have a locking differential, and for added articulation, you can also disconnect the sway bar. The Xtreme Recon Pack adds 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, 17-inch bead-lock capable wheels, a 1.5-inch factory suspension lift with model-specific tuned shocks, and a 4:56:1 axle ratio.
It's a smart move from Jeep's side. Up until now, the cash spent on kitting a Wrangler lined the pockets of third-party aftermarket providers.
The Xtreme Recon Package is available exclusively on the four-door Wrangler Rubicon and the Wrangler 392 based on the Rubicon.
The result is a new set of 4x4-related figures. With the Xtreme Recon Package included, the approach, breakover, and departure angles are rated at 47.5, 26.7, and 40.4 degrees, respectively. Ground clearance is claimed to be 12.9 inches, while the maximum wading depth increases to 33.6 inches. For a more impressive set of figures, you'd have to buy something with portal axles, like the now-defunct but soon to return Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared.
A standard Wrangler Rubicon 392's ground clearance is 10.3 inches, for example. And its approach, breakover, and departure angles are 44.5, 22.6, and 37.5 degrees. You can see the subtle differences in the images below.
"For the first time ever, the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package delivers 35-inch tires straight from the factory," said Jim Morrison, Vice President-Jeep Brand North America. "We have been listening to and watching our customers make this one of the most popular modifications to their Wranglers, and now we will deliver this exciting new package, along with an industry-first 100:1 crawl ratio, off the showroom floor at our Jeep dealerships."
A new 4:88:1 axle ratio is also available. In six-speed manual guise, this new axle ratio delivers a 100:1 crawl ratio. A typical 4x4 has a 50:1 crawl ratio.
The press release made no mention of interior upgrades, which means it will likely be standard Rubicon specification.
There is currently no price attached to the package, but we can tell you that this model will make its debut at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show Camp Jeep on July 14. Production is set to start in August.