Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon is Off-Road-Ready Under $40k

If you have been dreaming of buying a turnkey off-road-ready Jeep Wrangler, but the likes of the Rubicon model is a bit out of your price range, you are in luck. This morning, the Jeep brand introduced the new Xtreme Recon package for the low-priced Wrangler Willys, creating the most off-road-ready vehicle on the market today under $40,000.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gives our passionate customers another great option for straight-from-the-factory 35-inch tires,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. “Named after the original Jeep utility vehicle, the Willys holds special meaning to the Jeep brand, and we’re excited to enhance the new Wrangler Willys with 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires.”

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

Willys Xtreme Recon

The 2022 Jeep Wrangler Willys with the Xtreme Recon package starts on the outside with 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires on 17×8-inch beadlock capable wheels. In addition to those big rollers, the Willys Xtreme Recon package includes a swing gate reinforcement to carry the larger spare tire, a 4.56:1 axle ratio and 1.5-inch factory suspension lift with uniquely tuned shocks. Those changes lead to the following off-road metrics.

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Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

Approach angle – 47.4 degrees
Breakover angle – 26.7 degrees
Departure angle – 40.4 degrees
Ground clearance – 12.9 inches
Water fording – 33.6 inches

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

Of course, the heritage inspired Willys trim level also includes a black grille, matte black Jeep badges, black Trail Rated badges, a 4-Wheel Drive swing gate decal and the Willys hood decal. The initial units will be powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

The order banks for the Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon models in October, with production expected to begin in December. Like all new Wranglers, these off-roaders will be built at the company’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

Xtreme Recon Family

With the arrival of the Xtreme Recon package for the Willys models, there are now three models which can be ordered with the most serious off-road packages from the Trail Rated brand. When the Xtreme Recon package was first introduced, it was available on Rubicon and Rubicon 392 models, but those models have a price tag starting in the mid-$50k range.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

Realistically, getting into a Rubicon Xtreme Recon will cost at least $52,000 while the 392 Xtreme Recon starts just over $80,000. For about half of that, someone who is happy with V6 power and extreme capabilities can get into the Willys Xtreme Recon and hit the trails with confidence.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon

 

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