Priced at Rs 68.94 lakh, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon demands Rs 5 lakh more than the standard model. The Rubicon flaunts a marginal increase in ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, and other changes that make it better off-road
Jeep brought in the new Wrangler to India in August last year – nearly two years after it was unveiled globally. Although the American carmaker took a long time to bring in the standard Wrangler, they have now launched the Rubicon in India. Priced at Rs 68.94 lakh (ex-showroom), the Wrangler Rubicon demands Rs 5 lakh more than the standard model. So, what do you get for the additional price?
For the uninitiated, the Rubicon is a more hardcore off-road version of the Wrangler, and it gets a lot of changes to that effect. In comparison to the standard model, the Rubicon gets better approach, departure and break over angles – 43.9⁰, 37⁰ and 22.6⁰ in comparison to 41.8⁰, 36.1⁰ and 21⁰ respectively. At 217mm, the Rubicon is also 2mm higher to the ground in comparison to the Wrangler. Other changes include locking differentials, an electronically operated front sway bar, and better crawl ratio. The Rubicon has been fitted with smaller 17-inch wheels and Mud terrain tyres instead of the 18-inch and all-terrain rubber on the Wrangler Unlimited.
While the Rubicon has the same overall shape as the Unlimited, the former has a few design elements that set it apart – the plastic fenders and the Rubicon badges to name a few. That being said, the Rubicon too gets the foldable front windshield, and removable doors and roof.
Powering the Wrangler Rubicon is the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol motor that makes 268bhp and 400Nm. This one too comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Feature list and creature comforts on the Rubicon are identical to the Wrangler Unlimited. It gets full LED lighting, a 7.0-inch driver information display, an 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, button start, cruise control, leather upholstery and a lot more.
Jeep will commence deliveries of the Wrangler Rubicon on 15th March. Neither the Wrangler nor the Rubicon have a direct competitor. We did, however, take the former for some off-road fun along with Polaris RZR just to draw parallels. Read all about it here.