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Jeep beefs up the Wrangler Rubicon with 2017 Recon Edition

7 February 2017

The 2017 Wrangler Rubicon Recon is on its way to showroom floors in the USA, with this special edition is set to replace the Hard Rock limited edition Wrangler. Similar to the Hard Rock, the Recon is a beefed up Rubicon with some strengthened bits underneath and some cosmetic changes.


The Dana 44 axel has been replaced with a strengthened Dana 44 that has fortified tubes and heavy-duty end forgings. The front and rear differentials also get stronger cast covers than the Hard Rock’s stamped ones.

The Recon comes with 17-inch wheels fitted with 32-inch BF Goodrich KM tyres and rock rails that have been reshaped to allow owners to fit 35-inch tyres without interference. The Recon also adds red seatbelts and stitching, something that hasn’t been available in a Wrangler previously. Other cosmetic mods include a dashboard plaque, the fender badge and placement of the gauges.

The starting price for the two-door Recon will be $40 140 (R538 000) and the four door at $43 940 (R588 500) – that’s compared to the base Rubicon, which starts at $34 190 (R458 000) in two-door form.