By on June 25, 2021

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Xtreme ReconLet 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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38 Comments on “Jeep Fights Back With Xtreme Recon Package...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “we need to do something to keep our name out there for the moment”

    Jeep’s brand equity tells me they needn’t worry.

  • avatar
    GregLocock

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

    It would be astonishing if these things didn’t improve, given the lift kit and larger tires.

    “We painted it black and noticed that it reflected less light”
    “Turning the volume up made the sound louder”
    “Switching the headlights off at night made it harder to see”
    “Fitting a larger fuel tank increased the claimed range *
    * Subject to testing”

    • 0 avatar
      multicam

      What actually is confusing about the numbers jeep gave is that the 2.1” clearance increase can’t be explained by the jump from 33” tires to 35” tires, especially since the KO2’s on this extreme package actually measure at about 34” when fitted on a vehicle.

      At most the tires should have added about 1” of clearance. The lowest point to use for measuring ground clearance wouldn’t be affected by a lift. The people on the jeep forums are speculating that jeep is using some new metric for measuring ground clearance, which would qualify as kinda shady to me.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    1.5 inch lift on 35’s

    What is the width of those 35’s?

    Does the warranty cover tires rubbing on body parts?

    • 0 avatar
      multicam

      35’s fit on stock rubicons with no rubbing. It’s unclear if the 1.5” lift of this kit is in addition to the already-lifted Rubicon.

      The word on the street is that the beadlock-capable rims they’re being fitted to are 8” wide. I don’t care that much because I bought my jeep over two years ago and don’t plan on selling (even tho Vroom offered me $1000 more than I paid for it with 32k miles on it).

      Warranty would cover that but it won’t need to. Apparently there’s some backspacing being added; this “Xtreme” package has fender extenders to keep it legal in all states.

      By the way, what a lame name… what is this, 2004? And is this being marketed towards Monster-drinking dude bros named Kyle?

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Most will be street queens anyway. The Wrangler is the high-school girl vehicle of choice and the Unlimited is the same girl’s choice once she hits soccermom phase.

  • avatar
    SirRaoulDuke

    I still say Bronco test drives will result in buyers finding out an IFS makes day to day driving so much better. Big wheels be damned, you cannot hide this advantage. This is going to be an interesting sales battle.

    The Jeep 392 is an afterthought to all but the most well-heeled buyers most concerned with their lack of endowment. Have you seen the price on those, yikes! The Bronco six is many magnitudes better than the Jeep six.

    I am a fan of Wranglers, and have wheeled many. But if I had to buy right now, Bronco would get my dollars. No one wheels every day, I will take the better driving vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      Some of the reviews out today noted the steering is better but the ride is pretty similar (at least one said the jeep actually rode better) Handling is better in the Ford but not as much as you would expect according to a couple reviews.
      Seems ford may need to work on tuning a bit more.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      The Bronco 4 is more the comp to the Jeep 6. I’m not 100% sure there is a direct compare between the Bronco 6 and anything in a Jeep since it kind of skips to hybrid or diesel in the gap between the 6 and 8.

      Every review that didn’t read like a press release that I’ve seen has been as mopar4wd has said- a little better steering but then the handling has off, feels more top heavy and head tossy.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    Jeep just needs to highlight Ford’s complete lack of quality and terrible reliability to maintain their dominance in this class.

    This kit has been planned for a very long time. I’m sure it’s launch was delayed due to the numerous quality delays…err…”supply chain disruptions” that Ford couldn’t figure out with their imitation Wrangler. Probably drove Jeep nuts.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      It’s a low bar. The Wrangler has all the quality, innovation and refinement of a Kubota.

      • 0 avatar
        randy in rocklin

        @Denver Mike, tell me about Kubota stuff I’m curious.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @DenverMike – don’t insult Kubota like that.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “ It’s a low bar.”

        And yet Ford manages lower it every single time they introduce a new vehicle. And this “Ranger with a bed cap” is no different.

        More quality issues…..I mean supply chain issues has the factory that makes the Ranger SUV is yet again shitting down for most of July. Ford is doing everything it can to make this vehicle a disaster. From styling to the interior to the absence of any form of quality.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “ It’s a low bar.”

        And yet Ford manages lower it every single time they introduce a new vehicle. And this “Ranger with a bed cap” is no different.

        More quality issues…..I mean supply chain issues has the factory that makes the Ranger SUV shutting down, yet again, for most of July. Ford is doing everything it can to make this vehicle a disaster. From styling to the interior to the absence of any form of quality.

        • 0 avatar
          mikey

          @EB…”Supply chain issues” Have impacted every manufacturer, of anything …World wide.

          ..Where there used to acres of F150’s at the rural Ford dealers now just empty lots ..The wash kid’s job is now reduced to pulling weeds. The same scene at GM and the Honda dealer.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “ @EB…”Supply chain issues” Have impacted every manufacturer, of anything …World wide.”

            Yes but I don’t believe Ford that’s what the issue is here. They can’t get the quality of the Ranger SUV anywhere near what it needs to be (it’s more Explorer than Jeep where it needs to be) and they are blaming the supply chain for the delays. But we know that’s not true. Ford just f’ed up once again and designed a terrible vehicle with awful quality

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Now that jeep is French do they only go in reverese when a gun is nearby?

      • 0 avatar
        SirRaoulDuke

        I never once had a serious issue with my Kubota. Jeeps, on the other hand…

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    I hope jeeps next move it is to make the 5.7 v8 a reasonable cost upgrade over the v6. Wranglers are not cheep to begin with. The surcharge for the v8 should be no more in a Wrangler than it is in a Ram. If they did this none of Bronco’s engine options would be competitive.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      (1) CAFE
      (2) Even in this segment, no one really wants 14 mpg in daily use.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Yea, I don’t think the 5.7L is really on the table unless the Bronco V6 absolutely wrecks Wrangler volume.

        I’d say the most likely moves:
        0. Turn up the wick on the 2.0T. Just make sure the new tune doesn’t explode on a diet of 87 octane.
        1. Cut the prices on the Ecodiesel and 4xe.
        2. Use the 3.0L inline 6 if that engine actually exists. The rumor mill says it is either cancelled or coming on the RWB Grand Cherokee.

      • 0 avatar
        kcflyer

        I realize the brick shape isn’t doing the Wrangler any mpg favors. But my experience with the 5.7 in the Durango tells me 14 is a bit pessimistic. But even if it’s not, it is a reliable motor with good torque. So pile them high and sell huge numbers in the wrangler. Use some of the profits to pay protection to the man made climate change mafia and use the rest to build market share. In 10 years when the 5.7 has 120000 miles or more it will still be a good reliable motor. The turbo 4? Eco diesel? not so much. The V6 is solid but if I could get the V8 for say 2 grand more that would be my pick every single time. In the long run it saves hassle.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          The 392 Wrangler is rated at 14 while the 392 Durango is 15. The Durango RT AWD is rated 17. So let’s call a 5.7L Wrangler 16.

          “if I could get the V8 for say 2 grand more”

          I don’t think they could offset the CAFE hit and price that engine for $2k. There is a reason the V8 in the Grand Cherokee is behind a steep trim paywall and costs $3400 on top of that.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          “man made climate change mafia”

          I am currently sitting in an un-air-conditioned house during the hottest day in the recorded history of my city. Like, ever. And the other three hottest days in our history are all within the last four years. I don’t really feel like putting up with denialism anymore.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “ I am currently sitting in an un-air-conditioned house during the hottest day in the recorded history of my city. Like, ever. And the other three hottest days in our history are all within the last four years. I don’t really feel like putting up with denialism anymore.”

            Wow classic. “It’s hot today so it has to be global warming. It was super cold on a Wednesday 6 months ago and that was global warming too. Remember that day we got two inches of rain? That was soooo global warming! And then 5 years later remember when it was super dry for a month? Yeah that was mega global warming too”.

            It’s hilarious when people are astounded beyond belief that there is heat in the summer time. They don’t know how to deal with it so they blame this nonexistent, super duper scary “global warming” bogeyman. Meanwhile they ignore all the times in history when the exact same thing has happened. Imagine if the people that were alive during the dust bowl were so simple minded that they believed some unscientific nonsense like SUVs and light bulbs was heating the planet up.

          • 0 avatar
            JD-Shifty

            EBflex you clearly don’t understand the reasons for the dustbowl. pretty ironic. trump rally attendee?

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            “unscientific nonsense”

            … that almost every scientist on the planet who actually works in the area believes, because the actual scientific work has confirmed it so many times over.

            Or I could believe some mouth-breather on the internet.

          • 0 avatar
            RHD

            The lame QAnon Trumpist right-wing nonsense is way beyond passe.
            Continuing to repeat the same garbage is evidence of being a gullible old fool.

          • 0 avatar
            kcflyer

            I’m not denying the climate is changing. Where I live used to be under a glacier. I’m just skeptical of the crooks and so called scientist whose models are never accurate, who said we were causing a new ice age in the 70’s, and who blame man’s activity for the changes we see.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “ I’m not denying the climate is changing. Where I live used to be under a glacier. I’m just skeptical of the crooks and so called scientist whose models are never accurate, who said we were causing a new ice age in the 70’s, and who blame man’s activity for the changes we see.”

            That’s just it. The man made global warming sycophants can never answer the easiest of questions. They are so delusional that simple facts are seen as something to attack people over. “Science” is supposed to be questioned. When people start laughing childish personal attacks when science is questioned, you know they are wrong. The climate has always changed. The planet is 4.5 billion years old. In 200 years of industrialization, man has not ruined the planet to the hysterical level these sycophants claim

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      “ I hope jeeps next move it is to make the 5.7 v8 a reasonable cost upgrade over the v6. Wranglers are not cheep to begin with. The surcharge for the v8 should be no more in a Wrangler than it is in a Ram. If they did this none of Bronco’s engine options would be competitive.”

      This. The 5.7 needs to be in the Wrangler ASAP. If they can justify the 6.4L then they can easily justify the 5.7L. Give it 5k tow rating and it will murder the silly Ranger SUV.

      But, realistically, none of the Ranger SUV’s engine options are competitive as it stands as they are not reliable. More Ford garbage.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    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.

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    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.

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