When the 2021 Ford Bronco was revealed last summer, it was immediately evident that the reborn off-roader was gunning for one vehicle in particular – the Jeep Wrangler. To counter, Jeep has since launched the V8-powered Rubicon 392 and 4xe plug-in hybrid, both of which feature powertrains that aren’t available in the new Ford Bronco. Now, the Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package has been revealed as a counter to the Bronco’s Sasquatch Package as well.
Available only for four-door Unlimited Wrangler Rubicon and Rubicon 392 models, the Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon package adds equipment that’s quite similar to the Sasquatch Package – 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, beadlock capable wheels, and 4.56 gears at both ends. Those that opt for the six-speed manual transmission can get even deeper 4.88 gears, giving it a crawl ratio of 100:1 compared to the Bronco Sasquatch seven-speed manual‘s ratio of 94.8:1. Finally, Rubicon models will receive a 1.5-inch lift and retuned dampers, while Rubicon 392 models get a 2-inch lift.
Those modifications also result in Bronco-beating numbers that will matter to serious off-roaders. Wrangler models equipped with the Xtreme Recon package tout an approach angle of 47.4 degrees, break-over angle of 26.7 degrees, and departure angle of 40.7 degrees – which bests the Bronco Sasquatch’s 43.2, 26.3, and 37.0-degree ratings, respectively. Additionally, the option package gives the Rubicon 12.9 inches of ground clearance, compared to the Sasquatch’s 11.5 inches.
Jeep hasn’t yet announced pricing for the Wrangler Xtreme Recon package, which will be available later this year. It should prove a viable option for Jeep fans looking to counter the Bronco and its Sasquatch Package, which has thus far proven to be incredibly popular with buyers, to the point where Ford says that demand has far exceeded supply.