Fans of off-road vehicles, rejoice! Put on your hiking boots and go for the door if you’ve been putting off seeing a Jeep dealership just because the manufacturer doesn’t offer the Xtreme 35 Tyre Package on two-door Wranglers. The kit, which costs CDN$4,995 in this nation, will be offered on two-door Wranglers with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This indicates that the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine may not have a bright future, or it could just be the result of a packing error on the short off-road vehicle.
Beadlock-capable wheels, the 35-inch tyres that bear the same name (LT315/70R17 in Roman Catholic terminology), and a 1.5-inch raise to accommodate all of this are included in the option package. Jeep will also add bracing to the back swing gate to prevent it from collapsing under the weight of an enormous spare tyre, hoping to prevent unanticipated consequences.
By the way, all of this equipment comes standard with the CDN$79,905 Rubicon X.
The Wrangler’s already stellar resume is enhanced by the increased brute might. With these massive BFGoodrich KO2 tyres fitted, the vehicle’s breakover angle increases to a remarkable 32.4 degrees, allowing it to easily navigate through all but the most challenging obstacles. (For those who are unfamiliar, a measurement referring to clearance angles underneath a vehicle is commonly referred to as the “breakover angle.”) There is an increase in approach and departure angles to 47.2 and 40.4 degrees, respectively. The total ground clearance rises to 32 centimetres (12.6 inches), a full foot above the ground. That surpasses certain off-highway ATVs.
Why is this functionality available right now? Clearly, competition is the best response. Dealers for Jeep probably begged for this package to counter the same meats seen on Ford’s muscular Bronco; it’s important to note that the Xtreme 35 equipment was previously available on four-door Wranglers. But because of its shorter wheelbase, some off-road enthusiasts are known to favour the two-door Wrangler for their travels. Including the Xtreme 35 will raise the bar even higher.
“This package has been available on the larger (and longer) two-door Wrangler for a while now, and it’s a natural follow-up to the success we’ve seen on the four-door Wrangler,” stated Bill Peffer, senior vice-president and head of Jeep brand North America. “Our passionate Jeep Wrangler customers are always asking for more – more capability and more adventure.”
Canadian clients will be able to place orders for this option on a Rubicon in the coming days, while the Willys will be made available for specification later this quarter. At the Ohio factory, production begins in March.