Stellantis released images and information regarding the Jeep Islander Trim. The Islander trim will be available on the Wrangler JL/JLU and the Renegade. Both vehicles received a hood decal nicknamed “Tiki Bob” and “Islander” stitched into the seatbacks. The Wrangler also receives Islander decals for the sides of the hood.
The Wrangler is based on a Sport S, but also receives the Rubicon rock rails and 17 inch Rubicon wheels with all-terrain tires. There is also an available three-piece white hardtop. This is completely my opinion and not based on any facts, but I dislike the white hardtops.
The Renegade gets 19-inch wheels, all-season tires, the aforementioned hood decal, Surf Blue stitching on the seats, and an available white roof as well.
Jeep does a good job of creating trim packages to sell more Jeeps. How many trim levels of Wrangler are there? Just check a guess. Keep the number to yourself…
There are 12 on the website right now. I didn’t include the Right Hand Drive or Rubicon 392 models, because those are different models, not trims. Ross and I have been recording the Off the Road Again podcast for more than a year now. We have talked about Jeep trim levels on more episodes than not talked about them. I added the Islander to the show notes for next week’s show… My take will be the same.
Part of the news of the Islander trim that I enjoy is that this trim level is returning after an 11-year hiatus. I enjoy Jeeps. I really liked the 2004 TJ that I owned in Florida, but I had no clue that the Islander trim existed before or that it had even left.
It is unfortunate for the Jeep product planners that a trim based on an indigenous group is released shortly after the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation calls for Jeep to terminate using the Cherokee model name. In the world of PR, all news is good news. So far the move to Stellantis has appeared to have not gone great for Jeep and Dodge. We will see how it works out for the rest of the former-FCA brands.
What is your favorite Jeep trim?
I vote for JLU Sahara with a hardtop.