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Jeep Has a New Off-Road Wrangler That's Both Badass and Affordable

You no longer need to go full Rubicon.

2022 jeep® wrangler willys is now available with the xtreme recon package with 35 inch tires straight from the factory, delivering best in class approach angle, departure angle, ground clearance and water fording capability
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Last summer, Jeep unveiled the Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Rubicon. The package added a 1.5-inch lift and 35-inch tires from the factory rather than going through the aftermarket. The move was an apparent response to Ford offering 35-inch tires with the Bronco's Sasquatch package. Jeep announced the package just before Bronco reviews were about to drop and tailored it to reclaim the Wrangler's best-in-class capability; Xtreme Recon gave the Jeep 33.6 inches of water fording to the Bronco's max 33.5 inches.

Now, you can get the Xtreme Recon package on the Wrangler for a lot cheaper. Jeep just announced it will be available on the 2022 Willy's Wrangler, a popular, heritage-inspired budget trim starting under $40,000 MSRP for the four-door. Xtreme Recon will be a $3,995 option.

The package for the Willy's includes 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires, a 1.5-inch suspension lift with uniquely-tuned shocks, 17-inch by 18-inch beadlock capable wheels, swing gate reinforcement, a 4.56:1 axle ratio and anti-lock four-wheel disc performance brakes. The Willy's Xtreme Recon gets best-in-class approach angle (47.4º), departure angle (40.4º), ground clearance (12.9 in) and water fording (33.6 in).

This package resolves a key pain point for the Wrangler against the Bronco. Ford is offering the off-road-oriented Sasquatch package on the cheapest base model. While before this, Jeep forced you to level up to the Rubicon to get a loaded up off-roader. Adding Xtreme Recon on the Willy's gives Wrangler buyers a more affordable option to get a lifted, loaded, badass-looking Wrangler from the factory. Viva fierce brand competition.

Alas, there is one catch. Xtreme Recon is only available on the Willy's with the eTorque 3.6-liter V6, which means you don't get the six-speed manual transmission as an option.

Jeep says it will begin taking orders for the 2022 Willy's Xtreme Recon in October 2021. Deliveries will start in December.

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