We take the brand new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon on its namesake trail.
There are few things we love more than off-roading, particularly when it comes to driving the Jeep Wrangler. It’s a car well-suited to handle all sorts of difficult terrain, as we’ve demonstrated here in Colorado and in Moab. However, this video is one to check off the bucket list. In it, Roman and Tommy Mica head to the Rubicon Trail near Lake Tahoe, California. The objective – put the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon through its paces on the trail for which its named.
Unlike the Rubicon we had in Colorado, this one does not house the staple 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Instead, it has the engine you’ve all been waiting to know about. This one has a 2.0-liter turbo. It features a mild-hybrid system and puts out 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This particular Rubicon is also the four-door Unlimited model with a power-sliding top. Apart from that, you get front and rear locking differentials, an electronic disconnecting sway bar, and meaty 33-inch all-terrain tires.
Tackling the Rubicon Trail
So what about the trail itself? The trail portion spans about 18 miles, from Loon Lake in the west to Lake Tahoe in the east. Over that 18 miles, there are several obstacles that will put the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon’s off-road prowess to the test. To help it along, the Jeep Wrangler has a 44-degree approach angle, 28-degree breakover angle and a 37-degree departure angle. The stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon also has 10.1 inches of ground clearance.
Join us on our off-road adventure as we head up the Rubicon Trail, eventually taking on Cadillac Hill, one of its most exciting obstacles. There will be plenty of scraping and moments where folks get stuck along the way.