While the 2 vehicles in question are definitely worlds apart, There are definitely apples to apples comparisons- The Badlands trim is targeted item for item to match the Rubicon. Further down the ladder, the Willys and Black Diamond are very comparable. Regardless of the loyalties within an...
$69k is with CO taxes. MSRP is $63k, an equivalent Pentastar Jeep is $64k. You can get a 2-door Sasquatch for less than $40k. A non-squatch badlands vs a Rubicon will be the closest comparison until the 35" Recon package starts shipping.
ON the JK there was also a J180 model, (AFAIK) same as the old . It flipped 180deg (thus the name) to the front, putting the sleeping platform over the hood. I'm sure with enough interest there could be a 180 version for the JLU.
Was it sold as new? If it was, this is completely unacceptable. While it might not cause a real problem for someone who plans on off-roading the thing, someone buying it for collector purposes (I think the 392 WILL be a collectors item) would have received a vehicle in deteriorated condition...
Now I just want the check-box for a max GVW Rubicon. Then one could actually build up a nice rig, haul a useful amount of gear and occupants, and still stay within GVW. Of course, all the added weight in the 4xe is near the floor, so the CG isn't raised substantially.
As long as the DC-DC converter is big enough, it should be fine. The one in the eTorque vehicles is 3kw, and I wouldn’t expect this one to be smaller.
As to the AC compressor, I’m sure that’s electric. Testing with or without AC may have caused much of the reduction in battery range.
I would look at the argument the other way- do your daily requirements keep you in an AT? If there’s any chance of winding up in snow/ice, make sure the tire is snowflake ❄️ rated. If not, don’t worry.
The problem with Wranglers, is that they’re Chryslers. Dumb stuff doesn’t work (electric steering, clutch) or breaks when it shouldn’t. These things do not magically add “jeep thing” charm. If you think “all cars have problems”, talk to a 4Runner owner.
That said, I immensely enjoy our JKUR...
This whole e-torque thing as a high-power electric source has my curiosity. In one hand, a 48V winch would be slick, but just as interesting would be a 48VDC to 120VAC inverter. A 3kW pure sine wave unit is less than $400. You could run a whole camper on that.