Jeep has attacked the Bronco Badlands with the Sasquatch package with a similar package called “Xtreme Recon.” It will include almost identical components and features to the Sasquatch package. And Jeep has increased the Wrangler crawl ratio to become the best in the industry.
What is the Jeep Xtreme Recon package?
Leaked by Overland Expo, the package will include a 1.5-inch lift for a total of 12.9-inches of ground clearance. The major chunks of Xtreme Recon are the unique fender flares, electronic-locking differentials, and high clearance suspension with Bilstein shocks. The Xtreme Recon package gives either a four-door Wrangler or Wrangler Rubicon 392 a water fording depth of 33.6-inches.
Also, part of the package is tuned shocks, a 4.56:1 gear ratio, and 17-inch beadlock wheels that are eight inches wide. Along with these are 35-inch BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 K02 All-Terrain tires, and the industry-leading 100:1 crawl ratio. Approach angles will be 47.7 at the front and 40.4-degrees at the rear.
Does the new Xtreme Recon package beat Bronco?
Many of these new features and specs place the Jeep Wrangler as best-in-class for off-roading capabilities. Also, the timing is not coincidental. The Bronco is set to hit dealer’s lots any time now. So first reports will be following soon after.
What else does Jeep have cooking?
While Ford is touting the Bronco’s 125,000 orders, that is a bit more than half of what Jeep sells in a year. It sold 201,311 units in 2020. And that number should be increasing with the Gladiator seeing versions of the 4xe and 392 Hemi package before this time next year. So there is a lot on the horizon and even more baked into Jeep’s past, present, and future.
Still, it is great seeing Jeep nudged along by the upstart Bronco. Jeep is the franchise for Stellantis, and it has to remain class-leading to help push the metal.