With deliveries of the spanking new Ford Bronco finally underway and rumors of a Bronco Raptor circulating the interwebs, Jeep is preparing some preemptive one-upmanship by launching the 2022 Wrangler with a new Xtreme Recon package and a 4.88:1 axle option. Jeep’s 80th-anniversary presents to the Wrangler Unlimited will officially debut at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show.
Basically, this is the factory delivering a lot of the stuff that extreme off-roaders have, up until now, been paying the aftermarket for. Working from the ground up, there’s a set of 35-inch-diameter LT315/70R17C BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires mounted to 8.0 x 17-inch beadlock capable wheels (base Rubicon models run LT285/70R17 tires). Next, there’s a 1.5-inch factory suspension lift paired with specially tuned shock absorbers.
Capping it all off is a pair of axles running an even shorter 4.56:1 ratio. The 4.88:1 setup is a separate stand-alone option. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.