Jeep Australia has announced the new Wrangler Rubicon X limited edition for the local market, labelled as the most capable off-road vehicle it has ever introduced.
The Rubicon is already the bee’s knees when it comes to off-road performance, featuring excellent ground clearance and approach and departure angles, as well as benchmark-setting detachable sway bars for maximum traction and suspension travel.
Jeep says the Rubicon X brings even more off-road ability thanks to wider rock rails and a high level of standard mechanical equipment. It’s being introduced in four-hour guise only, based on the Wrangler Unlimited.
Standard features include a heavy-duty part-time four-wheel drive system with electronic-locking front and rear differentials, Dana 44 axles at the rear and a Rock-Trac transfer case in the middle with a ‘4-Low’ ratio of 4.1:1.
There’s also a 4.1 axle ratio at the front and rear, 17-inch Rubicon aluminium wheels, and a number of Mopar trimmings on the outside such as a black fuel cap, a dual-intake Power Dome bonnet, and various Rubicon decals scattered around the body.
Power comes from the company’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine producing 209kW and 347Nm. It offers a combined cycle fuel consumption rating of 11.9L/100km.
Inside, it’s fairly luxurious compared with the rough and ready exterior. You get black leather seats and seat heaters in the front, a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) with special engine readouts, a digital tyre pressure gauge, and a 6.5-inch Uconnect touch-screen interface and multimedia system.
To kick off the launch of the special edition, which will be made in limited numbers, Jeep Australia has entered two examples into the Australian Safari which starts on September 9.
The Rubicon X is available at dealerships now with prices starting at $52,000. You better get in quick though these are likely to sell fast.