2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Eats Off-Road Trails for Breakfast

The Wrangler range has a new head honcho

Jeep turns up the volume on off-road know-how in its range with the Wrangler Rubicon Recon.

In creating this new version, Jeep upgraded the front axle so that it now features strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings.

What's more, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon features cast front and rear differential covers and shorter rock rails that make room for the 35-inch tires.

Also on the mechanical side, the part-time AWD system uses electronic-locking Dana 44 axles (both front and rear) while the six-speed manual transmission lends a hand to the 73.1:1 crawl ratio.

Visually, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon can wear one of the available seven colors hues: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal.

Optionally, customers can get body-color fender flares and a Power Dome hood. Up front, the steel bumper and red tow hooks help the Wrangler Rubicon Recon stand out in the range.

Jeep says that its US showrooms will host the Wrangler Rubicon Recon by the end of February, with prices starting at $39,145 for the two-door model and $42,945 for the Unlimited, four-door version.