Riding on 17 by 7.5 inches beadlock capable wheels, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 should roll into dealerships in the first quarter of next year, but prices have not been announced.
Visual cues identifying the Rubicon 392 from other, more modestly engined Wrangler variants include a bonnet raised by 40 mm as seen on the Jeep Gladiator Mojave, with a functional scoop for greater air intake and improved water fording clearance.
Jeep took the covers off the Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 concept just hours before Ford unveiled the all-new Bronco. Based on that, the carmaker revealed this week the production version. The unit is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Jeep claims those numbers are enough to take the Wrangler from 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds.
Speaking about the ride and handling, the new Jeep Rubicon will come with an increased ride height of close to two inches. The upgraded suspension uses Fox shocks, upper control arms, and heavy-duty brakes. In addition, Jeep says that nearly all engine torque is available from very low revs, to move smoothly over rough terrain. Wrangler Rubicon 392 is two inches higher off the ground than the original design, which allows better road performance when driving up steeper slopes and going through 2.7 feet of water.
Visually, the new Wrangler Rubicon debuts badges, special wheels and the hood.
First, the engine. We're talking about a 6.4-liter V8, which in American speak is 392ci, hence the name of the new SUV.
In addition to the leather upholstery and infotainment pack, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 also gets a host of features which are normally options on the Wrangler range, including an electrical switch bank, body-coloured hard top and flares, steel bumper pack, LED lighting pack, cold weather pack, remote proximity entry, safety pack and advanced safety pack. It can also wade up to almost 83cm, with a special air induction system created to divert as much as 15 gallons of water per minute away from the engine. Even though this was an obvious marketing move to draw attention away from the Wrangler's new rival, the concept left such an impression on enthusiasts that the company has confirmed it will be produced.