Rubicon version of the Jeep Wrangler has always been the most capable, so to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary off-road package, the Trail Rated brand made a more-capable version.
The 2023 model year Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe and Rubicon 392 can both be equipped with the new 20th Anniversary Edition package and the 20th Anniversary Level II upfit from AEV, which improves capabilities even more. These two celebratory packages deliver the most capable Wranglers ever.
“Twenty years ago, a small group of enthusiastic Jeep engineers affectionately known as the ‘Lunatic Fringe,’ with grit and determination and their personal credit cards, designed, engineered and developed the most capable Wrangler yet – the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – and overdelivered on everyone’s expectations because they knew it was what Jeep customers wanted,” said Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America.
“Today the Rubicon model represents about a quarter of overall Wrangler sales, with more than 700,000 sold worldwide, and include the electrified Rubicon 4xe, the best-selling and most capable PHEV in America. That same spirit of determination and ingenuity that led to the creation of the Wrangler Rubicon lives on in these new 20th anniversary special editions, which for the first time, bring available 37s to the Wrangler, providing unmatched capability.”
The 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary Edition and 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 20th Anniversary Edition will be available for order this month and production is slated to begin later this month, with the first units arriving as soon as the second quarter of 2023.
The brand has said that there will be a limited number of units made, but no set figure has been set, so we expect that they will make enough to fill customer and dealer orders during a set period of time. Once production has ended, that will be the end of production for those models.
Whether you are considering the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary edition in 4xe or 392 form, many of the features of the package are the same. On the outside, tall 20th Anniversary models feature a “new interpretation of the iconic Jeep brand seven-slot grille”, winch-capable steel bumpers, heavy-duty steel rock sliders, an integrated front off-road camera, a Gorilla Glass windshield, a triple hoop grille guard, 20th Anniversary hood decals, a 20th Anniversary swing gate plaque and a half-inch suspension lift.
Inside, every 20th Anniversary Rubicon Wrangler comes with unique red-and-black leather seats, a red leather-wrapped instrument panel bolster, a 20th Anniversary shifter medallion, all-weather floor mats, auxiliary switches and an 83-piece tool kit.
In the Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary models, which comes with 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on 17-by-7.5-inch beadlock-capable wheels, this package leads to 32 inches of water fording ability and 11.2 inches of ground clearance.
For the Rubicon 392 20th Anniversary models, the Xtreme Recon Package is also standard, which includes 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires on 17-by-8-inch beadlock-capable wheels, leading to 34.5 inches of water fording abilities and 11.6 inches of ground clearance.
The 392 20th Anniversary models also come with an on-board air compressor, a 4.56 rear axle ratio, a hinge-gate reinforcement, a tire relocation kit and wheel flare extensions.
While these are the most capable versions of the modern Jeep Wrangler, they don’t come cheap. The Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary model starts at $69,585 and the 392-powered 20th Anniversary Rubicon starts at $90,895 (neither price includes the $1,795 destination fee).
Jeep wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wrangler Rubicon package, so they teamed up with the off-road experts at American Expedition Vehicles to create the 20th Anniversary Level II upfit.
Just 150 examples of these models will be built, with each being built at the Toledo Assembly Plant then shipped to AEV for the upfit before being shipped to the customer’s dealership. In other words, the Level II package shows up at the dealership like any other option package.
The key performance components of the Rubicon 20th Anniversary Level II upfit are an AEV 2.5-inch DualSport RT Suspension System with Bilstein 5100 shocks, an AEV steering damper and 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires mounted on a set of AEV 17-inch Savegre II wheels.
The 4xe models also get 4.56 gearing, which is already included with the 392 models. The body of these rugged Jeeps are upgraded with an AEV front bumper, rear bumper, front skid plate, tire carrier and 7000 Series off-road lights, as well as Mopar performance windshield wipers with integrated washer jets.
Each vehicle comes with an AEV ProCal SNAP module, which allows for correction of the speedometer with the huge tires, as well as an off-road jack base and a vehicle build plaque.
When equipped with the Level II package, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe and 392 20th Anniversary Edition models boast the ability to ford 37.1 inches of water, with 14.2 inches of ground clearance, a 50-degree approach angle, a 33-degree breakover angle and a 43-degree departure angle.
For comparison, the Ford Bronco Raptor offers a 47.2-degree approach angle, a 30.8-degree breakover angle, a 40.5-degree departure angle, 13.1 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford 37 inches of water.
In other words, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 20th Anniversary Level II models are the most capable Wrangler ever, but more importantly, they are the most off-road-capable SUVs on sale today – beating the Bronco Raptor by a considerable margin.
However, that advantage does not come cheap. The Level II package for the 4xe costs $21,983 and the package for the $20,135 for the 392-equipped models, plus a $995 “upfit logistics charge” for each model.
When you take into account the MSRP and destination charge for each of these models, the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe 20th Anniversary Edition Level II starts at $94,358 while the 392 models starts at $113,820. At that price, these aren’t the types of vehicles that most hardcore off-roaders will buy for their next weekend toy, but based on the passion of the Jeep community, it is likely that the brand will sell these vehicles even with the high price.