The Jeep Wrangler Islander Returns Bringing Chill Vibes To The Lineup

12 hours ago by Aaron Brzozowski Special Editions

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.