Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition Leak
Wowie, is 2020 turning out to be some year already. With so many car concepts and technology showing up at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, we got to take a look at some new concepts from Jeep with the Jeep Wrangler Plug-in hybrid, Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid, Jeep Compass Plug-in hybrid, and the new Airflow Vision concept. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) also announced a partnership with BMW and Amazon to bring Fire TV to future models with a Wi-Fi connection. Before the first full week of January is up, Jeep has one more surprise – somebody leaked information on the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition.
It’s always fun when someone leaks information on an upcoming model. Journalists all over the internet scramble to watermark images and post all the information. Aside from the JLWrangler Forums that originally leaked the new information, there’s no watermark blocking all the juicy details. Starting with the Rubicon trim that the Recon edition is based on, at first it’s unclear which model the Jeep Wrangler JL edition will be based on, but the photo clearly shows the four-door model for that extra bit of convenience. According to the leak, the Rubicon Recon Edition will also come with a 2.0-liter BSG ATX as the standard powertrain.
That’s quite the acronym, and the only thing a Google search brings up is the “Battlestar Galactica Reunion” at ATX, so that’s not helpful. If we go by what we do know, the engine is a 2.0-liter, then it’s likely that the Rubicon Recon edition will be powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found on the Wrangler. Rated a best-in-class 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, and paired to the eight-speed transmission, it’s already a great start.
We know you can read, but for those who turn off images to save loading times, let’s continue. At the front of the vehicle, the front fascia gets some interesting treatment with a gloss black grille, headlamp inserts, some Rubicon gray details, and a new hood decal in matte black with a red tracer (also known as red stripes). Circling around the body of the Rubicon Recon Edition, and consumers will notice the body color surrounds that stretch from the front to the rear. They’ll also notice the Moab rock rails, front and rear steel bumpers, and maybe even the bumper hoop.
This special edition of the Wrangler rides on 33-inch mud-terrain tires that wrap around new wheels with a black finish. A new Recon fender hard badge will also be added on to separate this edition from the rest of the lineup. Oh, and the LED Lighting Group comes standard for some added visibility, even on the darkest nights.
As far as special editions go, Jeep didn’t do too much to the interior cabin. Small upgrades include red seatbelts, red stitching, PUR-wrapped mid-bolsters for the chairs, and that’s really it. There’s a functional Jeep Trail Bag as a standard accessory…yay.
For now, no release date or official price has been posted but the US Retail Package Price will be $2,755 over the Rubicon. Not sure if that means the Recon Edition is a package consumers can add-on or if it’s in addition to the starting MSRP of the four-door Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon – $42,320 (plus destination fee). Learn more when you follow us on Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on social media.