Gallery: Jeep Wrangler Gets an Affordable Xtreme Recon Option


Earlier this year, the Jeep brand introduced the Xtreme Recon package for the Wrangler Rubicon and Rubicon 392. With 35-inch tires, the Xtreme Recon package leads to the most capable Rubicon models ever, but for some Wrangler buyers who would like a more capable off-road machine, the price range of $52,000 to $80,000 for a Rubicon model is out of the question.

To address the demands of a Jeep fan who wants to go off-roading without making any modifications and without spending more than $50,000, the company recently introduced the Xtreme Recon package for the Wrangler Willys trim level.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Willys trim level, it is a heritage-inspired option on the lower end of the Wrangler price spectrum. As a result, the $3,995 MSRP of the Xtreme Recon package keeps the overall starting price under $40,000. To be more specific, before destination fees, the Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon starts at just $39,435, which is a pretty solid price for someone shopping for a turnkey off-road machine on a budget of sorts.

Willys Xtreme Recon Features
The key component of the Xtreme Recon package is the 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch beadlock capable wheels. To make room for all of that rubber, the Willys Xtreme Recon also gets a 1.5-inch suspension lift with specially tuned shock absorbers. A 4.56:1 axle ratio, a stronger rear swing gate to hold the heavier spare tire and four wheel “performance” brakes complete this off-road-ready package.

“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gives our passionate customers another great option for straight-from-the-factory 35-inch tires,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. “Named after the original Jeep utility vehicle, the Willys holds special meaning to the Jeep brand, and we’re excited to enhance the new Wrangler Willys with 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires.”

With the Xtreme Recon tires and suspension, the Wrangler Willys offers best-in-class approach angle of 47.4 degrees, best-in-class departure angle of 40.4 degrees, best-in-class ground clearance of 12.9 inches and best-in-class water fording capability of 33.6 inches. Also, while not a best-in-class number, the Willys Xtreme Recon has a breakover angle of 26.7 degrees.

When the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon goes on sale in October, it will be offered exclusively with the 3.6.-liter eTorque hybrid drivetrain with the 8-speed automatic transmission, similar to the Rubicon Xtreme Recon. The key difference is that the Rubicon Xtreme Recon starts at $52,005 while the Willys Xtreme Recon starts at just $40,930 – making this new package an incredible value for a budget-minded off-road enthusiast.

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Patrick Rall

Industry News Editor Patrick entered the Mopar world when he bought his 1983 Mirada back in 1994, installing a mild 340 a year later that would eventually be built up into the range of 500 horsepower. Today, Patrick daily drives a Hellcat Challenger, but he still has his 340-powered Mirada, as well as a 1972 Demon 340 and a Hemi Ram.

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