“The all-new Jeep® Wrangler – the most capable Wrangler ever – has been put to the test in a way that truly commemorates its legendary status in off-road circles.”
In a plight to support their local community economy, in 1953 a group of approximately 150 friends took their Jeeps through a granite path in Sierra Nevada Mountains on their way to Lake Tahoe and it was at that moment when the Jeep brand was making a shift from being just a work car to becoming partners for personal adventures and discovery.
The part road and part 4×4 Rubicon Trail is a 35 kilometre route and between scales of 1 to 10, the Rubicon Trail has been rated 10 for being the most challenging and difficult off-road trails.
For over four decades, Rubicon Trail has also been used by Jeep engineering teams to improve off-road capabilities of Jeep SUVs and to aid in the development of new models and technologies.
Using trails like the Rubicon has led to developing important innovations, such as Rock-Trac® 4:1 transfer case, Quadra-Drive II®, Tru-Lok® locking axle differentials, disconnecting front sway bar, underbody skid-plate protection, front Dana 44 axle, multi-link suspension, BLD (Brake Lock Differential on the new Wrangler generation) and steel front and rear bumpers on the Rubicon trim level.
New Jeep Wrangler
At its fourth generation, Jeep’s iconic Wrangler was taken to test on an expedition at Rubicon Trail. A convoy of Wranglers were fitted with a specialised and most off-road capable Rubicon trim.
Courtesy of its unmatched equipment, the Jeep Wrangler was at ease while negotiating the trail which winds up rocks, slopes and plateaus.
Each model was equipped with the Rock-Trac 4×4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear heavy-duty next-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle lockers to tackle the most extreme off-road sections and electronic sway-bar disconnect which allows drivers to disconnect the front sway bar to deliver additional wheel travel for traversing the toughest trails.
A 2.2 litre diesel engine with an eight-speed autobox has been introduced to the line-up. The Rubicon models that engaged in this adventure were powered by an all-new 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine mated to an eight-speed gearbox and also a powerful 3.6 litre petrol engine.
They exploited their ground clearance of over 25 centimetres and leading angles, including a 36.4-degree approach angle, a 25.8-degree breakover angle and a 30.8-degree departure angle. In addition, they benefitted from a maximum crawl ratio of 77.2:1 (on petrol versions) and up to 76 cm of water fording.