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2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon: The Shorty Returns

Okay, we admit it! We’re unabashed fans of the JL Wrangler, particularly the Rubicon five-door. In our opinion, and you can watch David’s video review here, or read my review here, the JL Wrangler Rubicon is the most capable, off-the-showroom-floor 4X4 your money, or any money, can buy right now.

David has a bit of a stiffy for the Gladiator Rubicon as well, and he’s been lucky enough to drive it on two continents now. There’s a spectacular rooftop Flinders Ranges video review that you’ll be able to watch when we launch episode one of Loaded 4X4 on our Youtube channel, but that’s a month or so away yet.

In the meantime, Jeep has announced the arrival of its JL Wrangler ‘shorty’ in Australia, and it’s not just your average run-of-the-mill JL. No siree, its a special edition Rubicon Recon spec, and there’ll be just 40 of the little tackers landing in Oz, along with 60 Rubicon Recon spec 4 doors.


The ‘Recon’ special edition model adds distinctive exterior appointments including a matte black hood and fender vent decals, a black grille, and black painted 17” wheels. There’s also a steel front bumper fitted with a Jeep Performance Parts ‘Bumper Hoop’ and a Jeep Performance Parts ‘Tailgate Reinforcement System’. An optional ‘Recon Premium Package’ adds a body colour three-piece freedom hardtop roof, and body colour fender flares.

Inside the Recon you’ll find Torch-Red seat belts, matched with a premium-wrapped instrument mid-panel and red stitching. Black leather seats, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are all standard Rubicon inclusions. Jeep’s Trail-Rail Management System is fitted in the rear to help secure possessions.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon standard equipment highlights:

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon is based on the 3.6-litre petrol V6 powered Wrangler Rubicon. The features below are in addition to or replacing standard Rubicon specification unless otherwise specified.


  • 17-inch Machined and Black Painted Wheels
  • Gloss Black Exterior Grille
  • Matte Black
    • Hood Decal
    • Fender Vent Decal
  • Recon Hard Badge (on side fender)
  • Rubicon Steel Front Bumper
  • Jeep® Performance Tailgate Reinforcement System
  • Jeep® Performance Bumper Hoop


  • “Torch-Red” Seat Belts
  • Premium-wrapped instrument mid-panel with red stitching
  • Black Leather-Trimmed Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Trail-Rail Management System (4-Dr Variant only)


  • Recon Premium Package
    • Body-Colour Three-Piece Freedom Hard Top
    • Body-Colour Fender Flares

Paint colours

  • Bright White
  • Black
  • Firecracker Red
  • Ocean Blue
  • Granite Crystal
  • Sting Gray
  • Sarge Green
  • Hella Yella








Incl GST / Excl on-road costs

2-Dr Rubicon Recon

3.6L V6






4-Dr Rubicon Recon

3.6L V6






Option pricing



Premium Paint


Recon Premium Package


The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon is available to order now from Jeep dealerships, with the first customer deliveries expected to occur early in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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