Say hello to the Recon.
Little more than a week after details first leaked online, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has quietly joined the Wrangler model lineup, offering rugged, go-anywhere equipment a step above those of the regular Rubicon.
The Recon Edition first turned up today on Jeep's online Wrangler Build & Price tool, slotting in at the top of the lineup with a $41,380 starting MSRP in two-door form, or $46,380 as a four-door Unlimited model. That puts it above even the just-introduced Jeep Wrangler North Edition, although looking at the list of special Recon Edition equipment, it would be hard to argue the upgrade isn't worth the cost.
The Recon Edition is as much about appearances as it is off-road capability, with vanity items like Recon fender badges, a Recon hood decal, and an "Oscar Mike" tailgate badge all coming standard. But much of the equipment is functional, too, such as the durable painted steel bumpers, front bumper hoop, and Moab Rock Rails.
The Recon Edition rides on 17-inch machined and black-painted wheels with capable 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires. On the inside are red seat belts, body-color dash vent bezels, and a Jeep Trail-Rated kit, which includes useful accessories like D-rings, a recovery strap, and dedicated winching gloves.
Just a single engine/transmission combination is available with the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition, pairing a turbocharged 2.0L gas four-cylinder with eTorque with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is good for a claimed 270 peak horsepower, with up to 295 lb-ft of torque on tap.
FCA is something of an expert when it comes to special-edition models, and the Wrangler model line has frequently benefited from this expertise in the past. The new 2020 Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition is just the latest, with plenty more undoubtedly on the way. We can't wait to see what's next.