Jeep Fights Back With Xtreme Recon Package

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
jeep fights back with xtreme recon package

Let the 4×4 pissing wars begin.

We drove the 2021 Ford Bronco last week, and our thoughts will come off embargo on Monday. Jeep isn’t sitting idly by while Ford gets all the attention, however.

Enter the Xtreme Recon package for the Wrangler.

Set to launch at next month’s Chicago Auto Show (we’ll be there), the Recon package adds 35-inch factory tires and has a 100:1 crawl ratio, which Jeep claims is an industry first.

Other parts of the package include all-terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, 4.56:1 axle ratio, 1.5-inch lift, and specially-tuned shocks.

The approach, breakover, and departure angles are all improved, as are ground clearance and water-fording clearance.

Here are the numbers. Approach angle: 47.4 degrees. Breakover: 26.7 degrees. Departure: 40.4 degrees. Ground clearance is 12.9 inches and water-fording is 33.6 inches.

Orders are open now, but production begins in August. The Xtreme Recon package will be available on Rubicon four-door and Rubicon 392 Wranglers.

A 4.88:1 axle ratio will be available and when paired with the six-speed stick it has a 100:1 crawl ratio. That axle ratio will be available later in 2021.

“For the first time ever, the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package delivers 35-inch tires straight from the factory,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America, in the press release. “We have been listening to and watching our customers make this one of the most popular modifications to their Wranglers, and now we will deliver this exciting new package, along with an industry-first 100:1 crawl ratio, off the showroom floor at our Jeep dealerships.”

Translation: “We know not only what our customers do via the aftermarket, perhaps via Mopar, but we also know the Bronco is launching and we need to do something to keep our name out there for the moment.”

Nothing like a good old-fashioned utility war.

[Image: Jeep/Stellantis]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jun 27, 2021

    Comparing Jeep or Stellantis quality to a Kubota is assuming that the quality is as good as Kubota. More accurately the quality should be compared to Yugo which basically was a Yugoslavian built Fiat. The overall quality of the Big 2 1/2 has been rapidly spiraling downward for a decade or more. I wouldn't even entertain the idea of buying any Stellantis product or GM product currently made and I am lukewarm about Fords with their recent quality issues. The only reason the Big 2 1/2 are not going under is because of pickups, suvs, and crossovers but declining quality and the cost cutting will eventually catch up and will eventually lead to declining sales. Additionally increasing fuel prices and ever increasing prices for pickups and suvs will eventually lead to less demand.

  • MrIcky MrIcky on Jun 29, 2021

    I love competition. This is great and I love to see it. Keep putting the screws to each other and I hope GM jumps in on this. 4.88:1 and a 6speed- damn. I know you can order the 4.88 off the mopar catalog but I hope they make that available from the factory in the 2 door and gladiator.

  • Cprescott I remember when Fords were affordable.
  • Cprescott As a once very LOYAL FORD buyer, I had to replace my 22 year old Ford (bought new in 1997) once it finally started to have problems at 180k miles. I would have gladly purchased something like this from Ford but they abandoned me as a car buyer. Oddly, Hyundai still builds cars in a variety of flavors so I became a customer of theirs and am very happy. Likely will consider another once this one gets up in mileage.
  • SCE to AUX A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.
  • Dukeisduke Lol, it's not exactly a Chevrolet SS with Holden badging.
  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.