Price as tested on our two-door, four-seater, short-wheelbase Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon is $66,950 (excluding on-road costs) – that’s $7500 more than a standard two-door Overland (no JL series SWB Rubicons have been offered here). As mentioned, there were only 40 of the two-door variants made available and, at time of writing, only one of them was left – so, just a bit popular to say the least. The four-door versions are $71,450 (excluding on-road costs) a pop – that’s $6000 more than a standard Rubicon.
Before we launch into the Recon-specific additions, standard Rubicon features include 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system with sat nav and off-road mapping, AM/FM/DAB+ radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a nine-speaker sound system, LED lights, 230V inverter, and 17-inch alloys.
Off-road-suited equipment includes 32-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres, 77:1 low-range crawl ratio, Dana heavy-duty live axles front and rear, front and rear locking differentials, a front swaybar disconnect system, steel skid plates and rock sliders.
The Rubicon has a three-star ANCAP safety rating but driver-assist tech includes AEB, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, active cruise control, tyre-pressure-monitoring system, hill-start assist, hill descent control and more.
On top of all that, the Recon spec exterior additions include, from front to back, gloss-black grille, Recon badges, steel front bumper with a Jeep Performance front bumper hoop (nudge bar), 17-inch wheels, and the Jeep Performance tailgate reinforcement system (so your rear door can carry a larger tyre).
The Recon’s flashy interior changes include leather seat trim, heated front seats and steering wheel, a ‘premium wrapped’ instrument panel with red stitching, and red seat belts.
Interior leather trim can be black leather (as in our tester, pictured) or dark saddle.
Recon options include the $3000 Premium Package (with three-piece hard-top roof and body-coloured fender flares), as well as six choices of premium paint – Firecracker Red, Ocean Blue, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Sarge Green, and Hella Yella – all $745 each. Black or Bright White exterior paint is free.