The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, named after the grueling off-road trail, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new model.
Considered “the most capable Wrangler ever produced,” the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is available as a two-door Wrangler or four-door Wrangler Unlimited. It is also available with a standard six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission mated to a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine producing 285 hp and 260 foot-pounds of torque, according to a Chrysler Group press release.
“The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to 10 years of Wrangler Rubicon history, and to the Jeep brand’s most passionate enthusiasts,” said Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This Wrangler Rubicon is for them. It is a unique vehicle that we expect will long be sought after, a Wrangler that offers an unprecedented level of capability once only attainable by long hours of custom aftermarket preparation crafted in the garages of the most avid Jeep enthusiasts in the world.”
The Jeep part-time four-wheel drive system 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. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73-1-1.
The Wrangler’s BF Goodrich KM2 265/70R17 tires are perfect for clawing rugged terrain. Black front and rear steel off-road bumpers toughen up the exterior with the front bumper featuring removable end caps and a winch-capable design. The removable end caps help the vehicle climb obstacle and reduce damage to the bumper system. Mopar rock rails also add protection from trail damage.
Other standard exterior features include red tow hooks on the front and rear, and a Premium Sunrider soft top. Available colors for the Wrangler Rubicon are Billet Silver, white and 10th Anniversary Edition-exclusive Anvil.
The interior features striking leather seats with “Rubicon 10th Anniversary” embroidered into the front seat backs. Red stitching decorates the leather-wrapped steering wheel and center console, and Quick Silver accents are found on the vent rings, steering wheel spokes and door pulls.
The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition will arrive in showrooms in spring 2013.