Fresh for 2017 is a new special edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with even more off-road capability. Dubbed the Recon Edition, this Jeep Wrangler’s trail performance is even better thanks to a front axle upgrade (Dana 44 with heavy-duty end forgings and strengthened axle tubes), enhanced off-road rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition sits on new 17″ Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 32″ BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, but the enhanced off-road rock rails allow it to easily accommodate up to 35″ tires. On the inside you’ll find black leather heated seats, leather and vinyl wrapped accents and an eight-speaker audio system to keep you sitting pretty while you’re tearing up the trail. The special edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition will be available at Jeep dealers starting later this month and it comes in seven colors: Black, Billet Silver, Gobi, Rhino, Granite Crystal, Bright White and Firecracker Red.
Ahead of this year’s annual Easter Jeep Safari that will be taking place from March 19 to March 27 in Moab, Utah, here we get a look at seven concept vehicles that the manufacturer has designed in promotion of the off-road occasion. This year is especially significant, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Jeep Safari as well as the 75th anniversary of Jeep. Therefore, seven of the most capable and eye-catching Jeep concepts are being unveiled for the 2016 event.
These Jeeps are solely concepts, however, and won’t make it to production, but select Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts that are featured on the vehicles may be available for purchase sooner or later.
This year’s concepts include the Jeep Crew Chief 715, which is a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles; the Jeep Shortcut that draws inspiration from the classic CJ-5 and is designed to handle tight, winding trails; the Jeep Renegade Commander that has been built to blaze a trail deep into the secluded wilderness; the Jeep Comanche, which is designed to be off-road ready and showcase practical utility; the Jeep FC 150 that showcases a heritage cab-over design and is rich in history and capable of tackling any terrain; the Jeep Trailcat, a Hellcat-powered off-roader capable of crawling or going on high-speed runs; and finally, the Jeep Trailstorm, which boasts added capability with a 2-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles.
For a look at each of the seven Jeep concept vehicles, click through the photos above. And for those interested, the Easter Jeep Safari is open to the public, but you must register in advance here. The multi-day event features trail rides, day-long trips and other activities.
With the addition of a longer Wrangler, the Unlimited, the question now becomes—could we see a pickup edition of the ever-popular Jeep? After all, the Jeep Gladiator concept introduced in 2005 (pictured above) has long since churned the rumor mills of a pickup Wrangler. And it wouldn’t be the first time either. Despite being generally a shitty decade for cars, the 80s did give us the CJ-8 Scrambler, a long wheelbase version of the Wrangler. Well, churn no more fellas, the rumor is now reality. Sort of. While details are limited, expect to see a Wrangler-based pickup in showrooms as early as 2017 or 2018 with production remaining in Toledo, Oh.
Jeep is set to introduce the next generation Wrangler. Enhanced with both a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Jeep Wrangler will reportedly retain most of its classic exterior design, which highlights the off-roader’s square cabin, vertical front nose grille, rounded headlights and affixed spare tire. While the inclusion of both the EcoDiesel V6 engine and the eight-speed transmission is new to the Jeep Wrangler, the car maker’s Grand Cherokee silhouette is equipped with both structures, making the Wrangler’s transition a natural one. Anticipate further news on the new Jeep Wrangler in the near future.
Following last year’s collaboration on the AEV Filson Brute Double Cab, Seattle-based outfitter Filson and off-road manufacturer AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) present the AEV Filson Edition Wrangler. Geared towards rough terrain and focused on premium engineering and design, the AEV Filson Wrangler is built with 3-1/2” DualSport SC suspension, 35” BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires, and a heat reduction hood. Additional features include the ProCal module, jack base and optional 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI V8 engine. The Wrangler is also outfitted with a customized Medium Duffle, Original Briefcase and snap-closure seat back pockets, providing extra storage. The limited edition Wrangler will retail from $70,400 USD to $100,300 USD and is available for purchase from Filson.