Jeep’s special-edition Rubicon X adds even more off-road ability to the already unstoppable Wrangler, and will mark its arrival by tackling the country’s toughest off-road race – the punishing Australasian Safari.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X brings added off-road capability above the already legendary Rubicon model, with wider rock rails and higher level of standard content.
Available as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Rubicon X is the most capable Wrangler in the line-up. Based on the Rubicon model, it is equipped with Wrangler’s part-time four-wheel-drive system that has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a Rock-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 axle ratio, front and rear, is also standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.
But to truly test the mettle of its metal, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X will tackle the country’s most demanding off-road race – the Australian Safari. The grueling event will kick off in Wanneroo, WA, on September 19 and finish in Kalbarri, WA, on September 27.
Jeep has entered two examples of the Wrangler Rubicon X in the event, to be driven by journalists from motoring.com.au and 4X4 Australia – both paired with experienced co-drivers.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X is loaded with special features, and is officially Jeep Australia’s most off-road capable Wrangler. Goodyear tyres are mounted on 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels painted satin black with polished faces and a red Jeep Wrangler “icon” logo on the inside pocket.
A dual-intake Power Dome hood helps aid in engine cooling and gives Wrangler a more menacing appearance. Mopar rock rails give added protection from trail damage. Mopar also supplies the black fuel filler door. A red-silhouette “Rubicon” decal, on both sides of the hood, adds the finishing exterior touches to distinguish the Wrangler Rubicon X model’s added capability.
The interior has special touches as well. Black leather seats are standard, as are seat heaters for the front passengers. A unique gauge cluster features Rubicon X exclusive styling and also features a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with added read-outs such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and tyre pressure. The passenger grab handle features Quick Silver accents are also found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls.
All examples of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X come standard with the durable 5-speed automatic transmission. Adding to the already impressive list of standard equipment is the award winning UConnect multimedia system, featuring a 6.5 inch (16.5 cm) touch screen with navigation.
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X has arrived in limited-edition numbers and is priced at $52,000 (MRSP) and is available in dealerships now.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Specifications
|Engine:||3.6-litre Pentastar V6|
|Power:||209kW at 6,350 rpm|
|Torque:||347Nm at 4,300 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke:||3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83)|
|Valve System:||Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers|