It's Jeep's first Islander model in ten years.
Jeep, the proprietor of adventurer-minded utility vehicles and one off-road capable pickup truck, is not one to neglect its history. The Jeep Wrangler, for instance, still pays homage to its roots as a WWII-era military utility vehicle with the Willys trim, named after Willys-Overland - one of the three companies tapped to build military Jeeps during the war.
Now, Jeep is dusting off another name from its bin of historical monikers: Islander. For 2021, the Jeep Wrangler Islander returns to the lineup after a decade-long absence, with a special new aesthetic meant to evoke images of tropical Hawaiian beaches.
Based on the rather cosmopolitan Sport S model, the Jeep Wrangler Islander's most distinguishing feature is its "Islander" and Tiki Bob hood decals, which run along either side of the hood. The SUV also sits on 17-inch wheels finished in silver, wrapped in all-season tires - no all-terrain rubber available here. A pair of rock rails borrowed from the Wrangler Rubicon model round off the exterior aesthetic touches, although you probably won't be using them much with those all-seasons; they're mostly just for show.
Step inside the Wrangler Islander and you're greeted by special seat upholstery with Surf Blue accent stitching and a surf blue "Islander" embroidered emblem in the front seat backs. The Tiki Bob logo adorns a couple of Surf Blue tags on the front seats. Dual-zone climate control and a 7-inch Uconnect infotainment screen come standard, as does a Ceramic White dash.
It's far from the most rugged of Jeep Wrangler models, but the Islander is nonetheless a fun, cool, refreshing special-edition model that we're sure will be a hit with the suburban Wrangler crowd. Available with either two or four doors, the Jeep Wrangler Islander starts more than a grand higher than the Sport S on which it's based, pushing the MSRP up to $33,190 for a two-door, or $36,690 for a four-door Unlimited.
Both are available to price out now through Jeep's online Build & Price tool.