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  • U

    This was a very interesting review. Thanks.

  • Trav

    I do believe congradulations are in order…

  • NICK

    geat reveiw still buy an fj40 its a toyota

    • JHP

      you are a tool

    • Rick

      There’s no way the fj40 could do any of that

  • RJL

    Defender 90 would b my choice

    • http://NSSAN James Cortez

      Defender? Less power and torque than this rugged fighter and th eengine in this Jeep is a modern powerplant!

      • Tomas79

        Yep, also defender has a tiny fording depth, no factory diff locks, or sway bar disconects, nor 4:1 low range…

  • Robert Ryan

    Still not an offroad vehicle as such. Great rock crawler, but tow or carry a fair load over rough terrain for a considerable distance, no.

    • Pete

      @Robert Ryan
      How is the Jeep Rubicon NOT an offroader? This is more than a just rock crawler (beacuse the Rubicon trail is rocky does not classify the Jeep as a rock crawler) it’s a muddy rutted crawler, a dirt road crawler, deep river crawler…
      Laslty, when was an offroader ever classified by its towing capacity?

  • Johnn

    Great pics and awesome review, good job CA!

  • Dave L

    Great ‘adventure’ style review. Budget aside, it would be kind of cool if Jeep offered such a ‘trail’ day for their customers, in much the same way performance car makers offer track days.

  • R-Series

    Great Review AC. Can I come along with you next time you do this!

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Next time we get the chance to do the Rubicon, we’ll try and run a competition where we take an off road enthusiast along for the experience.

      • Old Dog

        Pick me pleeeeeese!

      • Carter

        Yes please! I have 3 Jeeps. XJ, TJ and & WK Love everyone of them.

  • Ten Four

    Interesting info on the Liddicoat Family here:
    http://liddicoat.net/Rubicon/index.htm

    apparently they were a pioneering family of the trail, in Jeeps of course!

    Thanks for the review CA; I felt like I was along for the ride. Pity there was no video to go with it.

  • dazzer01

    Thanks, a very nice article. Nice piccies too :-) Geeze, they’re bloody tough, those Wrangler Rubicons, and what a tough trail.

  • Xtrm1

    Fantastic review and great photos, mate- made me relive that epic drive we had on that awesome day. Was great riding shotgun with you as well. Here’s to hoping we both get another shot at it someday. Cheers!

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Cheers Ardie,

      Great doing the Trail with you also and great work on the video and photography. Let me know when we have more vid or a final cut.

  • Joey

    The only thing that will stop these beasts is the cheapskate components Jeep choose to include under the engine bay to cut costs

    I do like ‘em though

    • Your not taking the Kingswood

      Spot on Joey, I hope the reliability has improved, great interior, I also hope you can lpg the new motor like you could with the old OHV 3.8, for me its between the FJ and Wrangler, forget the bloody Land Rover with its bonnet lump and Ford Transit motor and woeful dynamics this is for the courageous enthusiasts who beleive only the Landy is a Real 4WD, well its part van these days, neither are known for their reliability, tow rating is useful and of course higher the better, but really a tow rating making something a 4WD, get off the pi$$, probably a grey nomad towing a caravan bigger than the car.

  • http://NSSAN James Cortez

    Next on my list of 4WD to buy when I sell my 5 year old pick up

  • Sam Cade

    I really enjoyed the great pics and review. Thanks AC. Now that is what a Jeep is for.

  • Steven

    Damn I’m super tempted now! Is there any reason why they wouldn’t offer a turbo diesel in the Rubicon spec?

    • Matty B

      Is there any reason you would want a CRD ? The Petrol is a far better drive, real world fuel economy is bugger all different. I had a 08 petrol and have driven a few diesels and there is no way I’d even bother with the diesel.

      I miss my jeep :(

  • Harry

    When are they going to release a hardtop? Does anyone remember the story about more heavy duty wranglers being built in Egypt, both for military and serious offroad use? Those ones came with a hardtop option, why can’t it be available here?

    • Tomas79

      They always came with a removable hardtop option!!!

  • Joe

    Great read!

    I’m actually looking at picking one of there up when they are released here in Australia with the Pentastar engine.

    One question for your though, did you and the other journalists prefer the 2 door or 4 door version?

    Thanks,

  • Michele

    The pics speak a thousand words, Tony! Glad you could join us! Til next time…

  • http://na Aus_bloke

    great photos – looks awesome.

  • http://www.roberts.com.ph Roberts

    The 2012 Wrangler 0-60 time is 6.7 seconds in the 2 door Sport (manual transmission). Expect the Unlimited and automatic transmissions to take longer.

  • Rob

    Biggest thing missing from the Jeep Rubi for the Australian market is a diesel engine.

    Over the 20+ years I have been involved with 4×4 clubs the engine of choice has always been diesel engines. Urban dwellers in Aus who want a Toorak tractor that seldom goes offroad may prefer petrol, but for those of use who live, work and travel in rural and remote areas Diesel is the fuel of choice.

    Better overall economy, better engine breaking, better low range torque, less risk of vehicle fire from spinifix build up underneath, better availablity of fuel (In many remote areas petrol is unavailable ), smoother power delivery, Less risk of fire when driving though farmers paddocks (Petrol vehicles are known to start grass fires when driving through fodder paddocks due to high exhaust temps, and some farmers have banned petrol vehicles on their properties for this reason). The list goes on.

    So Mr Jeep, if you want your flagship offroad model to be popular with offroaders in Aus (ie the people willing to spend the $$ on a good offroad vehicle), please bring out a diesel option, and BTW, please don’t try and rip us off by charging a huge premium for a diesel engine. It does not cost that much more to make them. Also you may find a diesel Rubi popular in areas such as Europe and even back in the old US of A.

  • http://www.higear.com/brands/jeep/ Jeep Rental

    There’s no way you’d buy the petrol model over the Diesel. It looks tough and interior much nicer than older models too

  • BOB REDFORD

    HMMMMM…

    i reckon i could drive right over those pissy little bmw 1 series thingys with a Rubicon…..

  • Bee

    I can’t afford a new Jeep. Until reading this article, I was considering buying a 2006 Wrangler Sport with the hope of upgrading to a new ones in a few years.

    This article makes older models sound lacking in many ways … in particular, power and comfort.

    I want to be able to enjoy my four or five camping trips a year, sometimes towing 2 bikes over moderately rough tracks, in an affordable reliable 4wd.

    Am I looking at the wrong vehicle?

    • JHP

      if you are looking for ‘reliable’ offroader, then stay the heck away from wrangler
      old jeeps are nowhere near reliable.
      if you are looking for decent reliable offroader, get something else. maybe an old mitsubishi pajero, or old toyota land cruiser.

      • JHP

        or hyundai terracan, they are basically a mitsubishi pajero with hyundai badge

  • Mike

    that’s really awesome! I’m in love with Jeep Wrangler  Rubicon! Have no words, really! Only wish I’ll be able to buy it some day..

Jeep Wrangler Specs

RENEGADE : 2.8L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 6 SP MANUAL - 2D HARDTOP
Car Details
Make
JEEP
Model
WRANGLER
Variant
RENEGADE
Series
JK MY09
Year
2011
Body Type
2D HARDTOP
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.8L
Cylinders
DIESEL TURBO 4
Max. Torque
410Nm @  2000rpm
Max. Power
130kW @  3800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
65.8W/kg
Bore & Stroke
94x100mm
Compression Ratio
17.5
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
4x4
Final Drive Ratio
3.21
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
66
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.2L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1975
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1865mm
Length
4223mm
Width
1873mm
Ground Clearance
223mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1600  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
POWER ASSISTED RECIRC BALL
Turning Circle
10.4
Front Rim Size
7.5x17
Rear Rim Size
7.5x17
Front Tyres
255/75 R17
Rear Tyres
255/75 R17
Wheel Base
2424
Front Track
1572
Rear Track
1572
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Premium Sound System
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Hardtop, Side Steps
Interior
Power Windows Front
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Control & Handling
Off Road Group
Driver
Satellite Navigation
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Safety
Side Front Air Bags
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  12,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
12-N-18
Country of Origin
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA