Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon Trail 2018 

Design,Engineering,Heritage,Jeep | September 19 2018

Wrangler Wednesday: Jeep® Wrangler’s roots run deep with the Rubicon Trail

Rubicon is much more than just a trail and the name of a Jeep® Wrangler model, it’s something that has been ingrained in the DNA of the Wrangler.

Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon Trail 2018

The renowned Rubicon Trail in northern California is one of the most rugged and challenging off-road trails in the world, and it has attracted Jeep Wrangler and Jeep enthusiasts for more than a half century.

Along the 22-mile path, the Rubicon Trail is part road and part trail with large boulders, rocky terrain and enormous granite slabs with steep inclines and sharp drops.

Jeep owners have accepted this challenge since 1953, during the early days of the commercially produced Jeep Wrangler. That year, nearly 150 friends took their Jeep vehicles on the path through the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a way to support the local economy, and it became the first-ever “Jeep Jamboree.”

Not only has the “granddaddy of all off-highway trails” attracted Jeep Wrangler owners for years, and even led to naming a model of the Wrangler after the iconic Rubicon Tail, it has also been used by Jeep engineering teams for more than four decades.

Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon Trail 2018

The teams have used the Rubicon Trail, and others, to improve the off-road capability of Jeep brand vehicles and to aid in the development of new models and technologies.

Using these trails has led to innovations, such as:

  • Rock-Trac 4:1 transfer case
  • Quadra-Drive II
  • Tru-Lok locking axle differentials
  • Disconnecting front sway bar
  • Underbody skid-plate protection
  • Front Dana 44 axle
  • Long-travel, multi-link suspension designs
  • Brake lock differential (BLD) on all models of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler
  • Steel front and rear bumpers (on Rubicon high-end models)

    Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon Trail 2018

Learn more about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and the features of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, by visiting www.Jeep.com.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.