Earlier this year, Jeep announced the Wrangler would get 35-inch tire options. On Thursday, the iconic 4×4 brand revealed that it would be offering factory 35s for less money with the the 2022 Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon package.
The package is essentially identical to what is offered on the Rubicon equivalent, albeit without the benefit of the latter’s standard off-road goodies. The package includes BF Goodrich KO2 All-Terrain Tires in LT315/70R17C and a factory 1.5-inch lift with new shocks tuned for the job, plus the same 4.56:1 axle ratio offered in the Rubicon.
With this package, the Willys Xtreme Recon will offer the same approach, departure and breakover angles as the Rubicon model. All good news, but unlike the Rubicons, the Willys cannot be optioned with a locking rear differential or electronically controlled sway bars, preserving the Rubicon’s status as the true go-anyway Wrangler variant.
The cheaper Xtreme Recon offering will help Jeep fend off the 2021 Ford Bronco and its Sasquatch package, which offers similar goodies but is currently limited to automatic models and, like every Bronco variant, is virtually impossible to find in showrooms.
The Willys Xtreme Recon will join the rest of the 2022 Wrangler lineup in showrooms later this fall. Pricing will start at $40,930 (including $1,495 for destination) before options.