Jeep adds Wran­gler Ru­bi­con Re­con model

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Al­ready named Canada’s most ca­pa­ble SUV, Jeep Wran­gler is about to de­liver even more ca­pa­bil­ity – specif­i­cally more pro­tec­tion from the most se­vere, rugged off-road ter­rain – with ad­di­tion of the new Wran­gler Ru­bi­con Re­con.

Im­proved off-road prow­ess is a re­sult of a stronger front axle, en­hanced rock rails and heavy-duty cast dif­fer­en­tial cov­ers.

The new 2017 Jeep Wran­gler Ru­bi­con Re­con Edi­tion ar­rives in show­rooms later this month at a Cana­dian start­ing price of $47,040 for the two-door model and $49,440 for the Wran­gler Un­lim­ited (four-door) model.

Based on the Wran­gler Ru­bi­con model, the Ru­bi­con Re­con Edi­tion ups the off-road ante with a front axle up­grade that fea­tures strength­ened tubes and heavy-duty end forg­ings, heavy-duty cast front and rear dif­fer­en­tial cov­ers and en­hanced off-road rock rails that are short­ened to ac­com­mo­date up to 35-inch tires.

It is equipped with Wran­gler’s part-time shift-on-the-fly 4x4 sys­tem that has elec­tron­i­clock­ing front and rear Dana 44 axles with power be­ing sent to each through a Rock-Trac trans­fer case with a “4-Low” ra­tio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ra­tio is stan­dard as are Tru-Lok lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials.

With a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, the Wran­gler Ru­bi­con Re­con Edi­tion has an im­pres­sive crawl ra­tio of 73.1:1 that makes climb­ing ob­sta­cles easy.

Wran­gler Ru­bi­con Re­con Edi­tion is of­fered in seven colours: Black, Bright White, Bil­let Metal­lic, Fire­cracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Gran­ite Crys­tal Metal­lic.

A unique gauge clus­ter fea­tures ex­clu­sive styling and also fea­tures a pre­mium Elec­tronic Ve­hi­cle In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (EVIC) with added read-outs such as oil pres­sure, trans­mis­sion and coolant tem­per­a­tures, dig­i­tal speed and in­di­vid­ual tire pres­sure, which are help­ful when out on the trail.

The pas­sen­ger grab han­dle fea­tures Mid­night Star Black ac­cents that are also found on the vent rings, steer­ing wheel spokes and door pulls.

Fi­nal de­sign touches in­clude all-weather slush mats with a red ac­cent “Jeep” logo and red ac­cented axle locker and sway bar dis­con­nect switches.

The Jeep Wran­gler’s Con­nec­tiv­ity Group, Power Con­ve­nience Group, Sir­iusXM satel­lite ra­dio with one-year sub­scrip­tion, re­mote start, and au­to­matic tem­per­a­ture con­trol are also stan­dard.

The 2017 Jeep Wran­gler Ru­bi­con Re­con of­fers 4x4 ca­pa­bil­ity and pro­tec­tion from the most rugged ter­rain, cour­tesy of a front axle up­grade, en­hanced off-road rock rails, and heavy-duty cast dif­fer­en­tial cov­ers.

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