Livin' on Island Time: Jeep Unveils 2021 Wrangler Islander Edition
The Islander Edition Jeep Wrangler infuses island-inspired styling into the Brand's popular off-roader.
We recently reported that Jeep has released 80th Anniversary Edition versions of its entire lineup for the 2021 model year, and now, Jeep has released yet another new model for the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited (JL) lineup. Named the Islander Edition, this new Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited model features tiki-themed styling inside and out. Read on to find out more about the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Islander Edition models. NOTE: Any any all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler (2-Door) and Wrangler Unlimited (4-Door) Islander Editions (starting at $33,885 and $37,630, respectively) are based off of the very popular Sport "S" trim level, which means that they feature an expansive list of standard equipment, including the U Connect 4 7.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, full Bluetooth capabilities, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with an included one-year paid trial subscription, power windows, door locks, and exterior heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, keyless entry with push-button start, aluminum-alloy wheels, a seven-inch (7.0") reconfigurable full Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) instrument cluster display screen, and carpeted floor mats, just to name a few of the many standard features. Starting with the exterior, the first detail you'll notice about the Islander Edition Wrangler models are the 'ISLANDER' decals on both sides of the hood, which feature a tiki character that Jeep calls "Tiki Bob" (he will also appear in other places on the Islander Edition). The Islander Edition is also fitted with unique seventeen-inch (17") aluminum-alloy wheels. On the interior, you'll find unique premium cloth seating surfaces with the "Tiki Bob" logo embossed onto both front bucket seat backrests, and blue stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, front (and on Wrangler Unlimited, front and rear) interior door panels, front center console lid, and instrument panel, along with a Bright White genuine metal applique on the instrument panel. In addition, there's also a polished applique around the power window switches and infotainment and HVAC control panel, as well as the instrument panel HVAC vents.
In addition to the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander Editions' standard equipment, buyers can also choose from a selection of available options and packages. Available only on the 4-Door Wrangler Unlimited Islander Edition, the 8.4 Radio and Premium Audio Group adds a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system with an amplifier, the U Connect 4C 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, SiriusXM Guardian services with an included one-year paid trial subscription, and SiriusXM Travel Link services with a five-year included paid trial subscription, Off-Road Info Pages, and HD Radio for $1,995, while the Convenience Group ($595) adds a universal garage door opener system and a remote vehicle starter system (the latter only when equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission). The Safety Group, for $995, adds features such as LED rear tail lamps, blind spot and rear cross-path detection systems, an injection-molded plastic rear bumper, and rear parking sensors, while the Jeep Advanced Safety Group (which also requires the $995 Safety Group, and costs $795) adds an advanced brake assist system, automatic high-beam front headlamps, an adaptive cruise control system, and an enhanced adaptive cruise control system. The Trailer Tow and Heavy-Duty Electrical Group ($795) adds a Class II trailer tow hitch, 7-and-4-pin trailer tow wiring harness connectors, an auxiliary switch bank, a 240-ampre alternator, and a 700-ampre maintenance-free battery. The LED Head Lamp and Fog Lamp Group ($945) adds LED front premium reflector headlamps and LED front fog lamps. A Cold Weather Group ($695) adds dual heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a remote vehicle starter system (the latter when equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission). A Smoker's Group ($30) adds a removable front center console ashtray, as well as a cigarette lighter.
In terms of individual options, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Islander Editions offer many ways for buyers to customize their vehicles. A rear hinge gate spare tire and wheel reinforcement is available for $675, while side assist step options include heavy-duty rock sliders by MOPAR ($975) and black tubular side assist steps by MOPAR ($495). A premium cloth black "SunRider" soft top roof is available for $595, while a black three-piece "Freedom Top" removable hard top roof costs $1,395. There are also a few other additional roof options, including mesh and solid sun bonnet tops from MOPAR (costing $175 and $295, respectively), or buyers can also choose a Bright White Clear Coat (Gloss White)-painted "Freedom Top" removable three-piece hard top roof for $2,395 (buyers can also opt for the Dual Top Group, which includes both the premium cloth black "SunRider" soft top and either of the two available "Freedom Top" removable three-piece hard top roofs for an additional $2,395). The nine-speaker premium amplified Alpine audio system is available for an additional $1,295. A MOPAR rear cargo tub liner is $35, while all-weather front (and for Wrangler Unlimited, front and rear) floor mats by MOPAR are available for $165. Buyers who choose either of the two available "Freedom Top" removable three-piece hard top roofs can opt for a MOPAR hard top headliner for $495. Other MOPAR interior accessories include a grab handle kit ($80), plastic door sill guards ($125), the Cargo Group with Trail-Rail System ($195), and the Jeep Trail-Rated Kit ($195). Finally, a black fuel filler door by MOPAR is available for $145. However, there's also one optional package that's exclusive to the Islander Edition: the Islander Edition Plus Package ($645), which includes the MOPAR solid sun bonnet top, MOPAR front grab handles, the MOPAR rear cargo tub liner, and a "Tiki Bob"-themed spare tire and wheel cover.
All 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Islander Edition models come standard with a 3.6L "Pentastar" V6 gasoline engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), producing 285 horsepower and 262 lb. ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, although the ZF-sourced "850RE" eight-speed automatic transmission can be had for $1,500, paired with either a 2.0L "Hurricane" Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine producing 271 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque (a no-cost option at $0), or the 3.6L "Pentastar" V6 gasoline engine with the "eTorque" Mild Hybrid (MHEV) system and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) (an additional $1,500 option). Wrangler Unlimited Islander Edition buyers can also opt for the 3.0L "EcoDiesel" Turbocharged Diesel V6 engine producing 260 horsepower and 442 lb. ft. of torque, mated to the ZF-sourced "8HP75" eight-speed automatic transmission for an additional (but hefty) $6,000 (sorry, 2-Door Wrangler Islander Edition buyers, but you unfortunately can't opt for the EcoDiesel engine). Of course four-wheel-drive (4X4) comes standard on every Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, although the "Command-Trac" part-time system comes standard on the Islander Edition models (the "Selec-Trac" full-time system with low-range is an additional $695, and also requires the Trac-Lock differential rear axle that's also available as a standalone option for $595). For cold climates, an engine block heater ($95) is available, and for those desiring more performance, either 3.6L V6 gasoline engine offers a cold air intake by MOPAR for only $525.
There are nine available exterior paint colors for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Islander Editions, including Bright White Clear Coat (Gloss White), Sarge Green Clear Coat (Gloss Light Green), Hella Yella Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Yellow), Firecracker Red Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Red), the new Snazzberry Pearl Coat Metallic (Metallic Maroon), Billet Silver Metallic (Metallic Silver), Sting-Gray Clear Coat (Gloss Light Gray), Granite Crystal Pearl Coat Metallic (Metallic Dark Gray), and Black Clear Coat (Gloss Black). While Bright White Clear Coat (Gloss White) is a no-extra-cost option, any other exterior paint color option will cost an additional $245. The $2,395 Bright White Clear Coat (Gloss White) "Freedom Top" three-piece hard top roof is only available with all exterior paint color options aside from Hella Yella Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Yellow). All exterior paint color options are paired with a black premium cloth interior that's unique to the Islander Edition Wranglers. Jeep first introduced the Islander Edition with the 1988 Wrangler YJ, which featured "Sunset" decals, and "Islander" emblems on its doors and front fenders, respectively. In 1992, the Islander Edition Jeep Wrangler YJ was discontinued, although the Islander Edition would later reappear on the 2010 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited JK as a single-year-only offering, and debuted the "Tiki Bob" character and hood side lettering that's also used on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited JL Islander Editions. Jeep builds the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited JL at its Toledo, Ohio Assembly Complex, where the related Jeep Gladiator JT midsize convertible pickup truck is also assembled. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Islander Editions will be arriving at Jeep dealerships nationwide next month (in October of 2020). What do you think of the new 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Islander Editions? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information as it becomes available!