Let the 4×4 pissing wars begin.
We drove the 2021 Ford Bronco last week, and our thoughts will come off embargo on Monday. Jeep isn’t sitting idly by while Ford gets all the attention, however.
Enter the Xtreme Recon package for the Wrangler.
Set to launch at next month’s Chicago Auto Show (we’ll be there), the Recon package adds 35-inch factory tires and has a 100:1 crawl ratio, which Jeep claims is an industry first.
Other parts of the package include all-terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, 4.56:1 axle ratio, 1.5-inch lift, and specially-tuned shocks.
The approach, breakover, and departure angles are all improved, as are ground clearance and water-fording clearance.
Here are the numbers. Approach angle: 47.4 degrees. Breakover: 26.7 degrees. Departure: 40.4 degrees. Ground clearance is 12.9 inches and water-fording is 33.6 inches.
Orders are open now, but production begins in August. The Xtreme Recon package will be available on Rubicon four-door and Rubicon 392 Wranglers.
A 4.88:1 axle ratio will be available and when paired with the six-speed stick it has a 100:1 crawl ratio. That axle ratio will be available later in 2021.
“For the first time ever, the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package delivers 35-inch tires straight from the factory,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America, in the press release. “We have been listening to and watching our customers make this one of the most popular modifications to their Wranglers, and now we will deliver this exciting new package, along with an industry-first 100:1 crawl ratio, off the showroom floor at our Jeep dealerships.”
Translation: “We know not only what our customers do via the aftermarket, perhaps via Mopar, but we also know the Bronco is launching and we need to do something to keep our name out there for the moment.”
Nothing like a good old-fashioned utility war.