If you are an avid reader of MoparInsiders.com, you might remember back in May we showed you exclusive photos of a particular Wrangler Rubicon test vehicle wearing a new 35-inch tire and wheel combination. But now thanks to some new leaked details online, we now are learning more about the upcoming off-road package aimed squarely at Ford’s Bronco Sasquatch package.
According to a now-deleted article on the Overland Expo home page, the new option will be dubbed the “Xtreme Recon” package (not to be confused with the Mexican limited edition Rubicon Xtreme-Trail Rated model). The Xtreme Recon package will be available on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and Rubicon 392 model and will include 35-inch LT315/70R17C BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, 17-inch x 8-inch Beadlock capable wheels, 4.56:1 axle ratio, a 1.5-inch lift, and specifically tuned shocks.
The article also stated that the Xtreme Recon package will feature an industry-first 100:1 crawl ratio when customers choose an optional 4.88:1 axle ratio.
Jeep® has been teasing the new package on social media, with photos showing certain numbers relating to the angles of capability the new package will have. The Overland Expo article put the new Xtreme Recon with a best-in-class approach angle of 47.7-degrees, departure angle of 40.4-degrees, ground clearance of 12.9 inches, and a water fording depth of 33.6 inches. Those numbers would let the Wrangler Xtreme Recon outperform the Bronco Sasquatch.
*Note – based on Jeeps teasers we believe the approach angle was incorrectly listed on the Overland Expo article and it is actually 47.4 degrees. We have updated that in our comparison list below.
One of those numbers (40.4) showed up in the social media campaign, giving the Overland Expo article some viability. Another number of 47.4 does not match the numbers given by the article, however, is extremely close to the approach angle stated by the source.
The article is detailed enough and corresponds to some rumors that we have been hearing that make us believe it is the real deal. Adding credibility to the article were three new photos, not yet released by Jeep, of a Wrangler 392 with the new Recon package, such as the one below. What likely happened is that the article was posted before the embargo was over and quickly taken down. As we don’t receive embargoed information from Jeep and thereby don’t have to abide by any embargoes we can bring you this information now.
It seems as though Jeep is taking the Bronco seriously and as we expect aren’t going down without a fight. One thing is for certain and it’s that competition brings out the best in brands with the consumers being the winner. We put together this chart below to show just how impressive (and closely matched) both vehicles are.
|Wrangler Unlimited Xtreme Recon||Bronco Sasquatch 4-DR|
|Tire size||315/70/17 BFG KO2 (35-inch diameter)||315/70/17 Goodyear Territory (35-inch diameter)|
|Approach Angle||47.4 degrees||43.2 degrees|
|Departure Angle||40.4 degrees||37 degrees|
|Crawl Ratio||100:1 (When equipped with 4.88s)||67.8:1|
|Ground Clearance||12.9 inches||11.5 inches|
|Water Fording||33.6 inches||34 inches|
|Wheelbase||118.4 inches||116.4 inches|
We expect more official information on the new Xtreme Recon package to become available later this week, with the vehicle officially making its public debut at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. Jeep will hold an official press conference at the show on Wednesday, July 14th, from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, according to the press show dockets released to the media.
So stay tuned, as we will have all the information as it drops on the new Wrangler Xtreme Recon package when it becomes available.
UPDATE: Since this morning, the Jeep® brand has posted another social media post of the Xtreme Recon’s capability online. Many of those numbers, match the numbers given by the Overland Expo article.