Comparison between the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X and the Ford Bronco Wildtrak

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Undergoing a notable refresh in the JL generation, the Jeep Wrangler is enhancing its features, introducing new trims along with upgraded equipment. The spotlight is on the 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X, designed for off-road enthusiasts who seek adventurous trails (and possibly prefer a more affordable variant than the V8 model).

Elevating its trail capabilities beyond the ordinary Rubicon, this premium version includes standard 35-inch tires, steel bumpers, and a permanent transfer case. Interestingly, this new Jeep Rubicon X closely competes with the 2023 Ford Bronco Wildtrak.

Differing from the Bronco Wildtrak, the Rubicon X offers gas and hybrid powertrain options, allowing buyers to opt for the electrified 4xe instead of the traditional Pentastar V6. The 4xe system comprises a 2.0-liter turbo-four with both engine-mounted and gearbox-mounted electric generator units powered by a 17-kilowatt-hour onboard battery pack, delivering an impressive 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, overshadowing the Bronco Wildtrak’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6.

Beyond power statistics, the new Jeep Rubicon X and Ford Bronco Wildtrak share remarkable off-road capabilities, highlighting similarities that may surprise many. For prospective buyers not fixated on brand allegiance, the choice between the two could boil down to aesthetics, or perhaps intricate details like ramp angle or ground clearance. Here’s a detailed rundown of the essential specs:

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X

  • Starting Price: TBD
  • Dimensions:  192.5 inches long x 75.5 inches tall x 79.3 inches wide (four-door)
  • Power: 285 hp and 260 lb-ft (3.6-liter Pentastar V6) | 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque (2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder hybrid)
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual | Eight-speed automatic (mandatory for 4xe powertrains)
  • Max Ground Clearance: 12.9 inches
  • Max Wading Depth: 34 inches
  • Approach/Breakover/Departure Angles: 47.4/27.8/40.4 degrees (four-door)

2023 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

  • Starting Price: $60,360 (four-door)
  • Dimensions: 189.4 inches long x 73 inches tall x 86.2 inches wide (four-door)
  • Power: 315 hp and 410 lb-ft (2.7-liter twin-turbo V6)
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic (mandatory on 2.7-liter V6)
  • Max Ground Clearance: 11.6 inches
  • Max Wading Depth: 33.5 inches
  • Approach/Breakover/Departure Angles: 43.2/26.3/37.0 degrees (four-door)

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