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Jeep Wrangler shorty returns as a limited edition

Jeep is bringing the Wrangler three-door back for a limited time. Just 40 shorties are bound for Australia, all in special Rubicon Recon guise.

Scott Collie
Scott Collie
Deputy Editor

Jeep Australia finally has a solution for Wrangler fans missing their ‘shorties’.

A limited-edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon is bound for our shores late in 2020. Just 100 are coming, of which 40 will be three-door models. In other words, get in quick.

Priced from $66,950 before on-road costs, the three-door Rubicon Recon is $1500 more expensive than the regular five-door Rubicon, while the five-door Recon kicks off at $71,450 before on-roads.

Both pack a handful of equipment add-ons to justify their limited-edition status.

On the outside, the Recon has a matte black grille, bonnet scoop, and fender vent, along with blacked-out 17-inch alloy wheels.

The front bumper is a steel unit featuring a special hoop, while the tailgate has been reinforced to boot. Owners who tick the Recon Premium Package ($3000) will get body-coloured fender flares and a body-coloured ‘Freedom Top’ roof.

Inside, there are red seatbelts, a premium instrument panel, leather-trimmed front seats with heating, and a heated steering wheel.

Power in the Recon comes from a 3.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6 engine with 209kW, put to all four wheels through Jeep’s more advanced Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case, locking front and rear differentials, and an electronic front sway bar disconnect.

The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine offered on the regular Rubicon isn’t available.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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