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The Wrangler Rubicon Recon gets 17-inch x 7.5-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels and is available in 7 colour options. It draws power from 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that churns out 285 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque.

Jeep Launches Limited Edition Wrangler Rubicon Recon, Expected to Offer Better Off-road Experience
The Wrangler Rubicon Recon. (Image: Jeep)
Jeep has launched Limited Edition Wrangler Rubicon Recon internationally. First revealed in Geneva, the new Wrangler Rubicon Recon features distinctive accents that combine military-inspired Dana 44 front axle, heavy-duty differential covers and a host of interior upgrades. The new premium off-road rock rails with tread plates ensure better off-road capabilities and winch-capable steel bumpers provide it a stronger stance.

The new special edition Wrangles gets a 17-inch x 7.5-inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels and is available in 7 colour options – Firecracker Red, Billet Silver Metallic, Granite Crystal Metallic, Gobi, Black, Bright White and Rhino.

(Image: Jeep)

Inside, the car gets heated front seats, illuminated cup holders along with auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated LED map lights. As far as the safety is concerned, the car gets multi stage front airbags and available supplemental side airbags with sensor detection. Additional features include on- and off-road four-wheel disc antilock brakes.

The Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon draws power from 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that churns out 285 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. The special edition Wrangler is available at a starting price of $39,145. So far there are no updates from the company to launch it in the Indian market.

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In case you thought that the minty fresh, somewhat urbane Compass wouldn’t live up to the Jeep brand’s pedigree of taking on the rough with aplomb, here are the first set of images that prove otherwise. Brazilian publication Autos Segredos recently got behind the wheel of one to test its off-road capabilities on a track prepared by Jeep, and came away pretty impressed. The Longitude and Trailhawk versions of the Compass are equipped with the 4 × 4 Jeep Active Drive Low system, accompanied by the Selec-Terrain system with five modes – Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock and Auto – for varied topographical conditions that you subject your Compass to.

Also read – 2017 Jeep Compass Design Review: ‘Chota Cherokee’

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The Trailhawk version has more off-road potency, courtesy a suspension that’s 2 cm higher than standard, special tires for mixed use, and extra plates protection under the body. Also, that matte black sticker on the centre of the hood is not there for aesthetic reasons.  It’s there to eliminate glares for the driver, cutting unwanted reflections from sunlight or other external light sources. The Trail Rated 4 × 4 seal on the Trailhawk’s flanks attribute to the vehicle having met Jeep’s Trail Rated criteria of having adequate  ground clearance, manoeuvrability, water wading capabilities (in this case up to 48 cm ) and traction.

Also read – All-new, India bound Jeep Compass revealed in Brazil

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The Compass put to the test is powered by Fiat’s 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine. Noteworthy features on the Compass (Trailhawk) include Xenon headlights with signature LED daytime lights, dual zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, black leather seats with red contrast stitching, key-less entry, engine start-stop button, automatic headlamps/wipers, exterior mirrors with electric folding function, rear parking sensors, a premium audio system with nine speakers, FCA’s 8.4-inch touchscreen equipped infotainment system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Off-Road Race Chase Jeep JK
 Unless you’ve been living in a bubble, you’ve probably heard of the SEMA Show. It’s the largest automotive aftermarket trade show in the world, and it takes place in Las Vegas every November. It’s no secret that the vast majority of the display vehicles in the show are simply visual; most of them are built to showcase products and more than a few don’t even run. Jeeps always have a strong presence at the show, and the JK is no exception, but sadly, a large percentage of the SEMA Jeeps are lightbar-clad trailer queens that will never see a dirt road, let alone ever get put in low-range. Though our featured Jeep may have started life as a SEMA vehicle, this particular Wrangler has shed it show duties and regularly gets used in the dirt.

Mark “Sarge” Schleipfer was the brains behind this creation, and his buddy and racing partner, Todd Douglas, was largely responsible for making it a reality. Sarge is a marketing guru at mobile audio giant MTX Audio, while Todd owns Phoenix-area shop Desert West Outdoors. Both Sarge and Todd campaign Sarge’s Class 7SX race truck in a few different off-road racing series’, so when Sarge’s day job wanted to build a Jeep for the 2015 SEMA Show, he decided to kill two birds with one stone and build a JK that would both showcase MTX’s audio products and serve as a prerunner/chase vehicle for the race truck. The result is this ’15 Unlimited that received a lot of attention in the MTX booth at the show this past year, but it serves its present purpose as a prerunner and race support vehicle even better.

Though uncommon in the desert-racing world, in many ways a four-door Jeep is a great choice for a racing support vehicle. There’s plenty of room for crew members and an adequate amount of space for gear if you pack carefully. The coil-spring suspension can be built to soak up rough terrain while prerunning, and it’s nimble enough to get to remote areas should a recovery be needed.

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A prerunner/chase rig has different needs from a traditional trail vehicle, and Sarge focused on enhancing the Jeep’s utility in a race support role. Navigation is handled by an iPad mini on a Ram mount, while a powerful Rugged Radio system complete with headsets enables the crew to keep in close contact with the race truck. Good suspension is a critical part of prerunning, and Sarge reports that the Rock Krawler suspension and shocks do very well on high-speed dirt roads, while the PRP seats help keep occupants comfortable. There’s lots of recovery equipment on board, including two Hi-Lift jacks, because breaking stuff is just part of racing. Though most prerunners are a little rough around the edges, the Jeep’s past as a SEMA Show vehicle means there are a lot of show-quality finishing touches to the build, from the interior and exterior components hydro-dipped in a carbon fiber finish to the serious MTX sound system that keeps the support crew jamming during those long nights in the pits.

GOOD, BAD, AND WHAT IT’S FOR

Though it may not have all the gadgets needed for hardcore trail work, this Jeep wasn’t intended to be a hardcore crawler. Instead, it’s a useful alternative to a bulky pickup truck with a service bed and a chase rack or a full-blown prerunner that’s just one step away from a racecar.

The Jeep CJ66 combines three generations of CJ and Wrangler for a greatest hits mashup of open-top off-roading.

Feast your eyes on the Jeep CJ66. At first glance, it looks like just a gussied-up old CJ. But there’s copper-colored gold in the details.

The body, a 1966 long-wheelbase CJ that started life as upmarket “Tuxedo Park” package, sits on a somewhat more modern (1997-2006) TJ Wrangler frame. A modern crate Mopar V8 spins a six-speed manual transmission and crate Dana 44 axles front and rear.

The current JK Wrangler shows up in a few key places. Check out the black hood-scoop inset: That’s cut from a factory 2016 Wrangler hood. Today’s Jeep also donated its headlight bezels, front and rear bumpers, and the center console. The seats are Dodge Viper units, and the custom steering wheel features Jeep’s 50th anniversary Moab Easter Jeep Safari logo.

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The world around me is buzzing with people talking about the cricket team’s loss against Pakistan. Self-proclaimed experts, who otherwise bleed blue, are now dissecting the defeat and a blood red flow of abuses from their mouths just won’t clot. However, my mind is very clearly pinned to a day which went by, when Kevin Flynn, Duncan McMath, and their gang, spoke with a lot of heart and pride about the new Made in India Jeep Compass. Their words reeking of the authenticity in their efforts, which was clearly evident during our experience with the car later during our review of the all-new Jeep Compass.

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Even when we had swarmed around the display vehicle, asking multiple questions, they answered all of them with pride and confidence. And in the longest time, I had come across representatives from a car company who were more eager than us to share what they had built, for they probably just knew it really is that brilliant. Just how much? Well, you’d be able to sample it yourself in some time, but until then, here’s an attempt to communicate our interpretation of what is a genuinely remarkable all-terrain vehicle.

On the Road

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The Jeep Compass in India will be sold with two engine options – A 1.4-litre Multiair, good for 180+ hp with 230 Nm of torque, along with a 2.0-litre Multijet Diesel that cranks out 172 hp at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm of twist between 1,750 – 2,500 clicks. We sampled the latter, which for now is paired with a 6-speed manual box that distributes power to all four wheels according to surface conditions. A 7-speed DDCT automatic option will be available too, but that will happen at a later date, post launch.

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How about building your own off road vehicle made by your own two hands? Breathe life inside the vehicle which will carry your spirit with dignity and pride. Now this is possible with the MINI-BEEP off road vehicle. This is actually a 4/5 scale version of a World War II Jeep, powerful enough to pull trailers, off-road driving, bulldozing sand and much more. Besides, it’s also AMPHIBIOUS too!

If you’re a do-it-yourself lover, then this is the perfect project of your dreams. Not only the vehicle, but also the hours spent on building it are a reward unto itself. Also, you can engage your kids or grandkids too, teach them some useful skills and spent a great quality time learning creative things.

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With our continuing dependence on tech devices and the current state of online privacy, there’s no better time than the present to get off the grid. But whether you’re bugging out full time or just need to unplug for a while, you’ll need to be fully prepped and loaded for your time away from civilization. If you’re worried your 4×4 doesn’t have enough room for your essential gear and creature comforts, there’s no need to trade up to a custom overlanding vehicle — all you have to do is hitch up a trailer. These seven favorite off-road capable trailers that range from stripped-down simplicity to excessive luxury, all of which put your parents’ dinky, dingy pop-up to shame.

Moby 1 XTR

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There are more luxurious trailers, and there are more compact ones. The Moby 1 XTR combines the best of both worlds to make a compact trailer with all the best comforts of home. The teardrop-shaped trailer comes in either 54- or 60-inch-long models and can fit either a full or queen mattress, respectively. If you’re traveling with an entourage, an optional roof tent expands interior space enough to fit seven people. Other optional amenities include running hot and cold water, heating, air conditioning, an outdoor shower and a lot more, meaning that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury for compact size.

Manley ORV Explore

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Not everyone needs to be pampered. The (appropriately named) Manley ORV covers just the bare-bones essentials. You essentially get a six-foot-long lockable tub for all the gear you want to keep safe, along with a top rack and pop-up tent — mounted on 33-inch tires with a hitch-mounted recovery hook for pulling your friends out of the muck without having to detach the trailer. It’s a far cry from Buckingham Palace, but it’s the right choice for the no-nonsense adventurer.

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The current Jeep Wrangler—chassis code JK—is not long for this world. An all-new model is due before the end of the year, but the JK isn’t going down quietly, with Jeep taking the wraps off the special Rubicon Recon Edition.

Positioned above the off-road-ready Wrangler Rubicon, the Recon includes a number of upgrades such as a stronger front axle, cast front and rear differential covers, a half-inch lift, and more to make it even more capable off the pavement. Visual tweaks include a hood with model-specific graphics, a black grille, and a set of 17-inch low-gloss black wheels wrapped in meaty 32-inch BFGoodrich tires. However, thanks to the Recon’s shorter side rails, the model can accommodate tires up to 35 inches in diameter.

Changes abound inside the Recon, too. Each one gets a dash plaque, a distinct gauge cluster, and a host of red accents, including the seat stitching, storage nets, and switchplate covers for the axle locker and sway-bar-disconnect functions. As the top dog, it also gets several standard convenience features: remote keyless entry with remote start, a vehicle information display in the gauge cluster, automatic climate control, and more.

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