Following the success of the Rubicon Recon’s limited run last year, Jeep Australia has added a permanent two-door Rubicon variant to the Wrangler off-roader range, with first deliveries of the new ‘Shorty’ due around October.
Priced from $64,950 plus on-road costs, the Rubicon is $2000 more affordable than the Rubicon Recon was, with it slotting above the entry-level Sport S ($52,750) and mid-range Overland ($62,250) in the two-door Wrangler range. That said, those two versions will become unavailable once their current stock is sold.
For reference, the four-door Unlimited line-up continues to consist of the range-opening Night Eagle ($61,750), next-up Overland ($66,750) and flagship Rubicon ($69,950).
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Standard equipment in the Rubicon ‘Shorty’ includes LED lights, black fender flares, heavy-duty rock rails, a black three-piece hardtop, keyless entry and ‘Rubicon’ decals.
Inside, an 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, a 7.0-inch multifunction display, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and leather upholstery feature.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.
Two $2950 options packages are available, with the Rubicon Premium Package bundling in body-colour fender flares and three-piece hardtop, while the Trail Ready Package adds a steel front bumpers, black 17-inch alloy wheels and a front-facing camera.
Like the wider Wrangler line-up, the two-door Rubicon is motivated by a 209kW/347Nm 3.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 engine.
The new Suzuki Jimny rival is mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and Jeep’s Rock-Trac Active On-Demand four-wheel-drive system with front and rear differential locks.
2022 Jeep Wrangler pricing before on-road costs
|Night Eagle Unlimited||automatic||$61,750|