With the new Bronco on the way, the new Ford Motor Company offering is the first real threat in decades to the Jeep® brand’s legendary off-roader – the Wrangler. But with competition on the horizon, it has made the Jeep brand step up for the 2021 model year and introduced an electrified offering as well as a high-performance offering.
When Ford unveiled the new Bronco, Wrangler owners were quick to point out that it’s new “Sasquatch” package comes with 35-inch tires. A bigger tire option is what Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking Jeep for, for a number of years and it appears that Jeep may have finally been listening.
For 2022, the Jeep brand will offer a new 35-inch tire option for the Wrangler. The addition of a 35-inch tire on the Trail-Rated Rubicon model should be a happy surprise to many. Our keen-eyed spy photographers were able to catch the new 35-inch tire and wheel combination, on one particular tester out on public roads around the Metro Detroit area. The tire appears to be a BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, just like the standard Rubicon 33-inch offering.
It appears that this tester is also wearing a set of Mopar 17-inch Beadlock capable wheels as well. Mimicking Ford’s Sasquatch package as it also comes with a similar Beadlock wheel. So we wouldn’t be too surprised if the Jeep offering includes the Mopar wheels in the new package. The new Rubicon 392 comes with its own unique Beadlock wheels, but these Mopar units might be a more affordable alternative.
Looking at the back of the Wrangler, we can also see an upgraded tire carrier hinge to help support the weight of the larger spare tire. If you look closely, you will notice this hinge does not have the Jeep Performance Parts logo on it, tell us this is a production-spec unit and not an aftermarket Mopar setup.
While Jeep has yet to unveil the package to the public, we aren’t exactly sure if the option will be available just for the standard Rubicon, or across the Rubicon lineup including the Rubicon 4xe and Rubicon 392. We expect to learn more about the package and its additional cost, once the Jeep brand starts releasing information to its dealer body on pricing for the 2022 Jeep Wrangler.