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News of 2003 Jeep® Wrangler "Rubicon" Leaks Out

Toledo, OH - Set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show the first week of January, news of the 2003 Jeep Wrangler "Rubicon" has leaked out early due to one of the print magazines going to press before the expected time. The photo and story were not due to hit the news stands until the week of the show. However, the magazine hit homes a bit early and now the cat is out of the bag!

For years, there has been speculation and even sightings of test mules for a much-rumored, and much-anticipated Jeep Wrangler (TJ) called the "Rubicon." Repeated calls, research, and deep digging never turned up any solid answers from the folks in Toledo. The rumors were always denied. However, today, we confirmed with Jeep that the Rubicon TJ is a reality.

Jeep tells us that the Wrangler Rubicon will begin production in the summer of 2002 as a 2003 model and we can expect to see them at dealers in early Fall.

So what is it? Here's the official word from Jeep on the features you can expect on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon:

  • Dana 44 front axle
  • Dana 44 rear axle
  • Each axle will be fitted with air-actuated lockers manufactured by Tochigi Fuji Sanjyo
  • 31 inch Goodyear MT/R tires
  • Four wheel disc brakes
  • NVG2410R transfer case with 4.0:1 low range gear ratio
  • 4.10 differential gears
  • Final crawl ratio of 65.92
  • Diamond-plate rocker panel gaurds