Jeep Wrangler: What's New for 2022

Jeep Wrangler: What's New for 2022

This year, Jeep goes hunting for Sasquatches

  • The pink Jeep tour continues, for a limited time only.
  • Xtreme Recon package expands availability to wallet-friendly Willys trim.
  • Cleaner cabin air for when your Wrangler is all buttoned up.

Now that the new Ford Bronco is finally making its way into customers' hands, Jeep is feeling some heat for the first time in a long time. But the 2022 Jeep Wrangler doesn't go without improvement. Most updates to this year's model are minor but meaningful nonetheless.

Get Tuscadero paint before it jumps the shark

Last year, Jeep introduced a new paint color called Tuscadero. Those of you starting to take Prevagen on a regular basis might recall a Happy Days character named Pinky Tuscadero, who was Fonzie's pink-loving girlfriend. Now, we're not saying there's a connection here, but there's probably a connection here.

In any case, Tuscadero proved overwhelmingly popular. Jeep says it logged nearly 30,000 orders for the color, which it characterizes as a "deep and intense chromatic magenta." So to make sure everyone who wants one can get one, the Tuscadero paint remains available for 2022 Wranglers.

But there is a catch. You need to get your order in by December 31, 2021. So if Santa left some money in your stocking this year, get on over to the Jeep dealership pronto.

Xtreme Recon package goes hunting for Sasquatches

When you buy a Bronco, you can get the rugged Sasquatch package on any trim level. Jeep responds for 2022 with the Xtreme Recon package now available for its affordable four-door Wrangler Willys trim. (Introduced last year, it remains an option on four-door Rubicon and Rubicon 392 models.)

Sounding militaristic rather than conspiracy theoric, the Xtreme Recon package could give the Bronco the willies. It brings 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires and pairs them with a 1.5-inch suspension lift, upgraded brakes, and a 4.56:1 axle ratio to get you deeper into the backcountry. Jeep says the Willys with the Xtreme Recon package matches the Rubicon models in delivering best-in-class approach, departure and breakover angles, as well as water-fording capability.

The new Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon package is offered only with the 3.6-liter V6 engine with eTorque and comes with a blacked-out grille, badges and decals.

Oh, and in related news, Wrangler Rubicons with a 3.6-liter V6 can now be fitted with a 4.88 axle ratio, delivering a 100:1 crawl ratio right off the Toledo, Ohio, factory floor. Talk about extreme.

Breathe a little easier

If you're using a Jeep Wrangler as intended, dealing with dust is a natural part of ownership. But if you're the fastidious type, or you simply stick to paved roads, you'll be happy with the SUV's new air filtration system that removes a claimed 95% of particulates from the cabin.

In other news, the Sahara and Rubicon get standard keyless entry for 2022, which means you no longer need to take the key fob out of your pocket or bag to open the doors. These trims also have a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while a 7-inch touchscreen comes on all other models except the bare-bones two-door without air conditioning. High Altitude 4xe plug-in hybrids get new wheels for 2022, along with turn signal indicators on the exterior mirrors.

Edmunds says

Though the 2022 Jeep Wrangler faces serious competition from the Ford Bronco, it remains the original go-anywhere and do-anything off-roading SUV. Updates for 2022 are minor but meaningful, especially the expanded availability of the Xtreme Recon package.

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