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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.

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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.

Exterior

  • 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

Interior

  • “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)

Options

  • 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

Pricing

Model

Engine

Trans

Drive

Power

Fuel

Incl GST / Excl on-road costs

2-Dr Rubicon Recon

3.6L V6

8AT

4×4

209kW

Petrol

$66,950

4-Dr Rubicon Recon

3.6L V6

8AT

4×4

209kW

Petrol

$71,450

Option pricing

Option

MSRP

Premium Paint

$745

Recon Premium Package

$3,000

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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