With a heritage dating back to World War 2, the Jeep Wrangler legend is built on its ability to tackle adverse conditions and terrain. The latest iteration here, the Rubicon Recon, aims to take its off-roading ability even further with fortified specifications.

As its name suggests, the new model is based on the Wrangler Rubicon, and the Recon comes equipped for rougher treatment with a host of off-roading componentry: the front axle is upgraded with strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings, heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers and enhanced off-road rock rails, the latter shortened in order to accommodate tyres up to 35 inches.

The driveline is part-time four-wheel drive, with electronically-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles, receiving drive via a Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4-Low ratio of 4:1. Tru-Lok locking differentials feature on the front and rear axles, both with 4:1 ratios. Equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the Recon boasts a crawl ratio of 73.1:1, according to Jeep. A five-speed automatic can also be specified.

Rolling stock as standard includes 17-inch wheels in Low Gloss Granite Crystal paint, shod in 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tyres, mated to a half-inch body lift. Body-colour fender flares and a dual-vented Power Dome hood with a black-silhouette “Rubicon” decal on both sides are optional.

For its exterior, the Recon gets Low Gloss Granite Crystal inserts and headlamp rings, Low Gloss Black off-road bumpers and Jeep badge with a red base, while the steel front bumper has a winch-capable design, and red tow hooks front and rear distinguish the Recon from the rest of the Wrangler lineup. A Premium Sunrider soft top comes standard, while a body-coloured hard top is also available.

An eight-speaker audio system, black leather heated seats with a “Rubicon” embroidered logo and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching feature within the Recon, as does a black vinyl-wrapped front door armrest and console lid with black stitching as well as red accent-colored seatbelts.

A dashboard plaque displays information on the front and rear axles, front sway bar, transfer case and tyres, while the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) provides additional readouts for oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tyre pressures.

Elsewhere, Midnight Star Black accents feature on the passenger grab handle, vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls. All-weather slush mats are standard, as are the red-accented Jeep logo, and axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches.

In its native United States, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon will arrive in showrooms at the end of this month, in both two-door and four-door Unlimited variant forms.

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