Jeep is a very popular car brand in the SUV car segment. Hailing from the United States, this automotive manufacturer is a highly regarded choice for use during off-road activities on various road surfaces.

Both the performance and appearance of the jeeps are very sleek and rugged which makes them ideal for driving on rough roads. As a result, many men dream of driving a Jeep to strengthen their masculinity.

One of the most popular variants released by Jeep is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. This variant is the flagship of the last generation Jeep Wrangler series. However, nowadays the term Rubicon is often misunderstood.

So what exactly is a Rubicon car? Qoala discusses this powerful car variant in this article, starting from discussing the Rubicon car definition, specifications, types and prices.

A look at Rubicon cars

A look at Rubicon cars
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Perhaps the Rubicon moniker is so strong that many people call all Jeep Wranglers the Rubicon. However, this is not necessarily true, as in fact not all Jeep Wranglers are Rubicon, the Rubicon is a variant of the Jeep Wrangler.

Recently, Jeep Rubicon has become a household name among Indonesians. The macho Jeep looks all boxy, classic and modern in American style. Although the SUV type vehicle produced by Jeep is a variant of the Jeep Wrangler.

Meanwhile, the Rubicon itself is one of the flagship or top-of-the-line variants of the Jeep Wrangler. Apart from the Rubicon, there are other Jeep Wrangler variants like the Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Sport.

Going back, before the Rubicon was introduced, Indonesians used to refer to the name Jeep Wrangler. From 1945 to 1986, the name discriminated against the Jeep Wrangler until the flagship, the successor to the Jeep CJ7, was released.

As for the Wrangler itself, Jeep made its international debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1986 under the initials YJ. This car's existence lasted until December 1995 before it was finally replaced by the Wrangler TJ, which appeared from January 1996 to July 2006.

From August 2006 to April 2018, he continued as TJ's replacement in the form of JK. Then the last generation of Jeep Wrangler was given the initials JL, which has been sold since November 2017. Residents of this last generation are the Rubicon, the highest variant, as well as the Sahara and Sport.

The Rubicon car itself can be easily identified by the word "Rubicon" written on the left and right sides of the hood. Taking a closer look, this powerful car is equipped with 17-inch polished aluminum rims with Mid-Gloss Black Pockets.

To extend its cruising range when taken off-road, Jeep has equipped this top-of-the-range vehicle with a Rock-Trac 4×4 system. Standard on the Rubicon truck, this feature provides more control and torque when traversing rough terrain and a low gear ratio of 4:1.

For safety features, the Rubicon comes complete with blind spot and cross-path detection as well as advanced brake assist with full-speed forward collision warning. Meanwhile, for comfort, there is an automatic temperature control AC that helps keep the cool temperature in the cabin stable.

Rubicon car types

If we look at the public opinion, the car is generally called Jeep Wrangler Masculinity With a classic box design with a modern feel to the Rubicon car, the Sport and Sahara can be classified as Rubicon cars. The types are as follows:

1. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

As mentioned earlier, a Rubicon car can be easily identified by looking at the words 'Rubicon' printed on the left and right of the engine hood. There are two types of Rubicon available in the market namely 2-door and 4-door (unlimited) variants.

The two variants have different dimensions, the two-door version of the Rubicon is 4223 mm long, 1873 mm wide and 1825 mm tall. Meanwhile, the four-door version measures 4751mm in length, 1877mm in width and 1865mm in height.

Although the sizes are different, the two Rubicon car variants are equipped with the same high ground clearance. This is the 2-door or 4-door version that is best suited for driving on off-road tracks, making it a vehicle suitable for various road surfaces.

2. Jeep Wrangler Sport

Next up is the Jeep Wrangler Sport variant which is often mistakenly called the Rubicon car. This variant of the luxury car brand is the most basic variant of the Jeep Wrangler. You can tell that the Jeep on the road is a Sport Variant by the sticker on the back of the front bumper, as well as the 17-inch steel low-gloss black alloy wheels.

Similar to the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, the Jeep Wrangler Sport will be available in two variants, 2-door and 4-door variants. This car uses a 2.0-liter turbo engine for its engine, which produces up to 270 hp at 5,250 rpm. Then there is an 8-speed automatic transmission to distribute this power.

This powerful car is equipped with the command Trak 4WD system, which is a more standard 4-wheel drive system, which is also supported by the Trak-Lock feature. Meanwhile, inside, you will find cloth-covered seats.

3. Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Jeep Wrangler Sahara is a model created to fill the middle part between Sport and Rubicon. So from the side of the engine, this type does not differ from the Wrangler Sport, but it has a different model look to fill the middle market.

The easiest way to identify a Jeep Wrangler Sahara is to look for the Sahara logo that is purposefully attached to identify this vehicle. The logo is also placed on the rear door and on the passenger seat.

The four-door Jeep Wrangler Sahara aka Unlimited uses 18-inch diameter rims with polished aluminum. The interior of these wheels is covered with a granite crystal colored paint that matches the body color including the roof. Unlike the Rubicon, which is designed for exploring off-road terrain, this type of SUV is apt to be called an urban SUV.

4. Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

The 2020 Gladiator Rubicon is the youngest version of the Jeep Wrangler. This car can be called the pickup version of the Rubicon car. Of course, this vehicle is equipped with various special features to compete in the modern market.

For example, the use of granite crystal aluminum wheels with a diameter of 17 inches. Meanwhile, on the runway, this powerful car is powered by a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine. The presence of this engine allows it to generate a maximum power of up to 285 hp, this power is distributed through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Latest Rubicon car price list

What's less important to know is how much the new Jeep Rubicon will cost so that those interested have an estimated budget. So, here is Qoala's estimated price tag for each car that the public "considers" the Rubicon car to be:

The price of a new Rubicon car is currently around 1.9 billion birr.

The current price of the new Wrangler Sport is around IDR 1.56 billion for the two-door variant and IDR 1.67 billion for the four-door version.

Meanwhile, the price for the Jeep Wrangler Sahara, four-door, is around $1.78 billion.

Then the new price for the new and highest in the Jeep Wrangler segment, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, reached IDR 2.18 billion.

Prices of used Rubicon cars

If you look at the price of the Rubicon car above, especially if you are not from the middle class, you will probably hear it. However, there is another option if you want to consider buying one of the Rubicon cars, a used one.

However, the used car price of 2021 Rubicon is still very expensive, for example, the Jeep Wrangler Gladiator Rubicon is not yet less than 2 billion. So, you can buy an old Rubicon car. Here is the price list:

Jeep Wrangler Sport

In the year Released in 2011, used price: IDR 698 million

In the year Released in 2010, used price: IDR 675 million

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

In the year Released in 2007, used price: IDR 615 million

Released in 2012, the used price is IDR 790 million.

Released in 2013, used price: IDR 1.2 billion

Released in 2018, used price: IDR 1.4 billion

Released in 2020, used price: IDR 1.8 billion

However, the above used Rubicon car prices may change over time. But at least you already have an idea of ​​the estimated funds you need to prepare.

Rubicon car details

Rubicon car details
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It wouldn't be complete if we talk about a car without looking at its specifications. Following are the Rubicon car specifications which are discussed on performance, exterior, interior, safety features and fuel consumption.

Rubicon car performance

In the year The 2022 Rubicon car uses a 1,995 cc petrol engine with 4 cylinders, 4 valves, DOHC in the engine, which uses the 3.0 L Vg Pentastar engine from the 2015 Rubicon. As for the power itself, it can reach a maximum of 270 horsepower with a torque of 400 Nm. Then the power from the engine is distributed through an 8-speed automatic transmission system.

Since it is in the off-road segment, the Rubicon is definitely designed with a good suspension. This vehicle is equipped with Tru Lok technology, which is installed on both the front and rear wheels. This technology helps to lock the tires for better traction.