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Jeep® Announces More Budget-Friendly Willys Xtreme Recon Package For 2022!

Makes Debut At 2021 Detroit 4Fest...

Earlier this year the Jeep® brand released its new Xtreme Recon package for Rubicon and Rubicon 392, a 35-inch tire and wheel option aimed squarely at the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch package. While the Xtreme Recon seemed like a great response to the Sasquatch package, the Sasquatch package is available across most of the Bronco’s lineup where Jeep’s Xtreme Recon package only focused on the more top-tier Wranglers. This meant the more budget-friendly Wrangler buyers were left without an alternative for the Bronco Sasquatch.

2022 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Willys with Xtreme Recon package. (Jeep).

That changed today, as Jeep announced the addition of the Xtreme Recon package to the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Willys. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys 4×4 with the Xtreme Recon package includes the following equipment…

  • LT315/70R17C (35-inch) BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires
  • 17-inch by 8-inch Beadlock capable wheels
  • Swing gate reinforcement
  • 4.56:1 axle ratio
  • 1.5-inch factory suspension lift with uniquely tuned shocks
  • Anti-lock four-wheel-disc performance brakes
2022 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Willys with Xtreme Recon package. (Jeep).

The Xtreme Recon package allows the Wrangler Unlimited Willys to deliver an approach angle of 47.4-degrees,  breakover angle of 26.7-degrees, departure angle of 40.4-degrees, ground clearance of 12.9-inches, and a water fording capability of 33.6-inches, all of which are best-in-class.

The Willys model gives the Wrangler a heritage feel with a standard black grille, matte black “Jeep” badge, black “Trail Rated” badge, heritage style “4-Wheel Drive” swing gate decal, and historic “Willys” hood decals.

“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gives our passionate customers another great option for straight-from-the-factory 35-inch tires,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. “Named after the original Jeep utility vehicle, the Willys holds special meaning to the Jeep brand, and we’re excited to enhance the new Wrangler Willys with 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires.” 

2022 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Willys with Xtreme Recon package. (Jeep).

When the $3,995 USD ($4,995 CAD) Xtreme Recon package is added to the price of an entry-level 2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys 4×4, the U.S. Manufacturer Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) comes to $39,435 (plus $1,495 destination charge). For Canadians, MSRP will come to $56,230 (plus $2,095 destination charge).

Ordering for the Wrangler Unlimited Willys 4×4 with Xtreme Recon package on 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 eTorque equipped models in October. Those models ordered in October will start production at the Toledo Assembly Complex in December. 

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Jeep® Announces More Budget-Friendly Willys Xtreme Recon Package For 2022!​

Makes Debut At 2021 Detroit 4Fest...​

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Earlier this year the Jeep® brand released its new Xtreme Recon package for Rubicon and Rubicon 392, a 35-inch tire and wheel option aimed squarely at the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch package. While the Xtreme Recon seemed like a great response to the Sasquatch package, the Sasquatch package is available across most of the Bronco’s lineup where Jeep’s Xtreme Recon package only focused on the more top-tier Wranglers. This meant the more budget-friendly Wrangler buyers were left without an alternative for the Bronco Sasquatch.

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OK guys, been thinking, where does Jeep go with the Cherokee? The cost reduction on the Wrangler Recon package is a smart move and necessary in a much more competitive market. I also believe the Wrangler has too much character and appeal to consider cost cutting as the best way to undercut the Bronco. But maybe a new approach to Cherokee would be a better Chess move. How about Jeep goes RWD on the Cherokee with a Stellantis sourced platform from the upcoming Challenger on off road steroids. The Trailhawk model of this new Cherokee could out perform the Bronco Sasquatch and the other Cherokee models get a capability boost with that distinctive Jeep styling in an affordable direct Bronco competitor. I’d suggest we call this idea here a “checkmate” move for Jeep that ups the ante without compromising the one and only Wrangler. Just thinking.

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This make perfect sense, and just goes to show that even if you don't like the Bronco, competition is better for the customer.

OK guys, been thinking, where does Jeep go with the Cherokee? The cost reduction on the Wrangler Recon package is a smart move and necessary in a much more competitive market. I also believe the Wrangler has too much character and appeal to consider cost cutting as the best way to undercut the Bronco. But maybe a new approach to Cherokee would be a better Chess move. How about Jeep goes RWD on the Cherokee with a Stellantis sourced platform from the upcoming Challenger on off road steroids. The Trailhawk model of this new Cherokee could out perform the Bronco Sasquatch and the other Cherokee models get a capability boost with that distinctive Jeep styling in an affordable direct Bronco competitor. I’d suggest we call this idea here a “checkmate” move for Jeep that ups the ante without compromising the one and only Wrangler. Just thinking.

I'd love for the Cherokee to go RWD, but I think to make the Cherokee match the Bronco capabilities, you are just competing with the Wrangler at that point too?

Some of the main reasons I chose a KL over a JL was driver seat room (JL/JT are too small for me in the front), day to day conveniences (memory seats, foot activated power tailgate, seat comfort) and on road characteristics. Having said that, the JL has a more useful cargo area (other than the swing gate)

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This make perfect sense, and just goes to show that even if you don't like the Bronco, competition is better for the customer.

I'd love for the Cherokee to go RWD, but I think to make the Cherokee match the Bronco capabilities, you are just competing with the Wrangler at that point too?

Some of the main reasons I chose a KL over a JL was driver seat room (JL/JT are too small for me in the front), day to day conveniences (memory seats, foot activated power tailgate, seat comfort) and on road characteristics. Having said that, the JL has a more useful cargo area (other than the swing gate)

You never want to Cannibalize sales of a higher margin product with a lower margin product in your own showroom!

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You never want to Cannibalize sales of a higher margin product with a lower margin product in your own showroom!

That is a sound argument IF the Cherokee were a downsized Wrangler. The Bronco is so different from the Wrangler in character and style, I don’t put them head to head in my head. The more capable Cherokee as proposed improves its capability and its adherence to the Jeep ethos making it more distanced SUV to Renegade and Compass, more appealing to its customers and in Trailhawk form, a more direct competitor to Bronco rather than the Wrangler and it is in this format that we can predict stealing sales from Bronco. I think the current Cherokee is a fine vehicle, I’d consider another as configured,but contend going with this proposed format overcomes it’s few weak points of length, width and true trail rated status. An improved Cherokee will redefine it as a more “Jeep”, Jeep and increase Renegade, Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee sales as each one is more distinct and segment defined. Just can not get this idea out of my head.

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